Laraine Lagattolla
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LAGATTOLLA, Laraine, D.O. Laraine Lagattolla, D.O., died instantly in an automobile bicycle accident in Cleveland, TX on Thursday, (April 13, 2006) while biking across the U.S. on a women's cross-country bike tour from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL to fulfill a lifelong dream. Laraine was born in the Bronx, NY on September 1, 1947, and lived in Yonkers, NY. She was a graduate of Saint Barnabus High School in the Bronx, received her B.S. from Hunter College in New York, completed a D.O. degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1979 in Des Moines, IA and completed a Family Practice Residency Program at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown. She also completed training as a Gestalt therapist at the Hartford Family Institute. She is survived by her parents, Onofrio and Lena Lagattolla of Boynton Beach, FL; a brother, Richard Lagattolla, also of Boynton Beach, FL; aunt Mary Ferrari; and cousin Carol Stone in Charleston, SC, and another cousin, George Milo in Florida. She left behind Edward Wynn, her beloved longtime companion/husband and soul mate, and their much loved dog, Zoe, in South Glastonbury. Laraine was a physician on Manchester Memorial Hospital's Promptcare staff for 18 years, having retired in 2004 to pursue other interests. Her credo was" If you have more, give more" and, indeed, she had wonderful gifts to give. Laraine loved a wide range of multi-cultural music of more genres than she did not like. She loved art and was an accomplished artist making original pottery and museum quality quilts in abstract patterns of batik with bright colors. Her cooking skills were a delight and she was at home in any kitchen, but to Laraine there was no place like home. She was also an avid swimmer and bicyclist and in the fall of 2005 formed a local women's bicycling club called "Cycling Together". Her love of the outdoors, nature and animals was apparent in her daily walks through South Glastonbury. She took great pleasure in hiking the countryside and walking and swimming at the ocean beaches, especially at Watch Hill, RI. She enjoyed traveling to many locales including Thailand, Italy and Alaska. Laraine held a special place in her heart for New Mexico and California. Laraine and Ed frequently returned there to explore together. She filled her life with an eclectic group of friends to which she continued to add all through her life, no doubt adding one or more from this latest women's cross country bike tour that ended so tragically for her. They also survive her and include her dearest and oldest friend from childhood, Maybette Waldron of Fairfield, Mari Ann Jungerheld of Glastonbury, Robin Dana of Pawcatuk, Claudia Ryan of Farmington, Robie Gilsenan of South Windsor and staff members, whom she considered family with whom she worked for 18 years at PromptCare. Laraine faced her challenges and fears with bravery and panache. She lived her life with vibrancy and honored those she knew and loved with great care and generosity. She leaves behind a legacy of laughter, beauty, generosity, artistic talent, humor, spontaneity, enjoyment, celebration and zest. Calling hours for family and friends are 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home, 1276 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Charitable donations may be made to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001, Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, VA 22116-8056 or a charity of the donor's choice.

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April 26, 2006
I met Laraine through my mother who worked with her at MMH. I ran into her often when she came to work out at the gym. She always brought some of her "old" clothes for me. She was always telling me, how hard it was to find "tall women clothes"..she was a beautiful person inside and out, and she will be missed dearly. My condolences to her family and loved ones.
Jen Curtin
April 21, 2006
I met Laraine last year on her first bike tour with our company, WomanTours. We rode together. I spoke with her often about doing the cross country tour this year. Bicycling can give some of us the feeling of joy that we feel nowhere else. I know Laraine was gaining strength and confidence on this trip. She was having a wonderful tour. It takes us all off-guard when something like this happens. It's unfair, when she was doing something she loved, that made her so happy, that her life would be taken away so abruptly. The women on the tour with her are deeply saddened, and my heart goes out to them and to all of Laraine's family and friends. She will be in my heart and thoughts forever.
Jackie Marchand
April 20, 2006
i met laraine 22 years ago when she came to my office for dental treatment. she quickly became a close and trusted friend. whenever i feel the need to share i'll feel her absence. while we are all unique, with special gifts, she shone among the people i've known. i grieve her loss. my heart goes out to you Ed.
rich suval
April 19, 2006
I met Laraine long ago when she was 13, I was 15, and from that day to today, forty six years later, whenever we had an opportunity to meet, her insight, generosity and wit renewed our friendship.For the many of us whose lives were touched by Laraine, she will be always within us.
Gerard Wilson
April 19, 2006
Laraine and I worked together for 18yrs in Prompt Care.Laraine always valued your opinion or suggestions when caring for patients.She always started the day by asking how you were and what had transpired in your life.Patients always had their needs and concerns met in a very kind and compassionate way.I looked forward every week to her e-mails of her bicycle trip telling of her journey and her life long dream becoming a reality!I will remember her and the beautiful quilt she gave me when I retired forever.My thoughts are with Ed,family and everyone else that knew and loved her like I did.
Joanne Sargent
April 19, 2006
This was such a shock!! What a loss. I worked at MMH with Laraine. I always will remember her kindness toward myself and many others. She was so insightful and always a pleasure to talk with. I admired that she knew how to balance her work with her "life"!! We all learned from her. Condolences to Ed and her family. God Bless.
Brenda Timson-Gill
April 18, 2006
I spent 3 years in residency training with Laraine at Middlesex Hospital. We lost track of each other but from the comments in the obituary I can tell that Laraine remained true to herself. She was a unique and caring individual and a good friend. My condolences to her family.
Cindy Hautaniemi
April 18, 2006
When I came home the other night I never expected to hear the heart breaking message that my mother, Carol (Laraine's cousin) left on my machine. I had spoken to Laraine a few months ago when she was visiting my mother and great Aunt Mary in Charleston, SC. As usual her voice percolated...she expressed how much she enjoyed spending time with Aunt Mary (96 yrs old)& my mother and was anticipating a nice winter visit with her parents, Nappy and Lena, in FLA. She was able to spend the quality time she so desired with her parents, Aunt Mary and my mom, Carol. Thereafter she would take off on a journey that would never end.
I won't fail to mention how loving and generous she was to my grandmother, Emma Volpe and sister & sidekick Aunt Mary.
I hold a memory of Laraine walking from the beach in Surfside, SC. I was walking out of our driveway to greet her...After some small talk I complemented her on her outfit...She grinned as I told her that her style was very bohemian...She seemed to like that. Her face held so much light.
What a tremendous loss...I hope to see her again. Claudine Hanley-Moorefield
Claudine Hanley-Moorefield
April 18, 2006
Dr. Lagattolla was one of the loveliest people I have ever met. She was so kind, and she radiated with happiness and beauty. She was always so interested in you and what you had to say. She was a great doctor too. I remember bringing my children to Prompt Care. They were very young then. I would bump into her in the hospital because I worked there. She would always say hi, tell me I looked pretty. The years went by, and one day I saw her, she wanted to know about my children and I told her they had grown up, and were in college. She could not believe it. She was wonderful to work with, she cared about you, and she cared about humanity. She appreciated anything you did for her. It is hard to believe she is not with us any more, but in spirit, we will always have her in our hearts. We can remember her smile, her zest for life and her ability to touch people.
June Marie Scalora
April 18, 2006
Loraine ,
My thoughts are with you. You will always be remembered for your great artistic talents. We worked together in PromptCare. I've known her for 11 years.We had some great laughs. I will miss you and your talents.You are in my thoughts.My reguards to yur family.
Robin VanHeuverzwyn
April 18, 2006
We are very deeply saddened. Our most sincere sympathy to Ed and to the Lagattolla family. Our thought's and prayers are with you.
John & Cynthia Fletcher
April 18, 2006
Laraine and I worked together in the first several years that PromptCare was open. Together, with a close knit group, we bonded as friends and professions, working together to provide the best care for our patients. Many years later, I can treasure lessons learned about healthcare and life from Laraine. After hearing the news of this tragic accident, I was compelled to retrieve a small jewelry box that Laraine gave me as a gift from a trip she made to Thailand. It reminded we of the wonderful memories she had shared on the trip. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
Kathy Smith
April 18, 2006
Our dear friend. You will live in our hearts forever. Ed - you are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love and sincere sympathy,
Russ & Jane
April 18, 2006
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lagatolla at MMH. I have missed her since her retirement, and am saddened at her tragic passing. My heart goes out to her family and friends. She will be missed by many.
Lisa Nadeau
April 18, 2006
Laraine will be so dearly missed in our neighborhood. Her warm smile as she took off up the street for walks will stay with us forever.
Carol & Tom
April 18, 2006
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home
April 17, 2006
I loved Laraine. I met her a few years ago during sewing class and spend much time talking to her about life in general. She had a warm and loving spirit and we became close friends quickly. She is someone who I will never forget. I will miss her.
Marcia Fishkin
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