Alice Martell Affinito LaRock, 79, of Wilmington, DE. formerly of Boca Raton, FL. and Branford, passed away peacefully on Friday November 11, 2011. Alice was born on May 12, 1932 in Burlington, VT, the last born daughter of Arthur and Albina Quintin Martell. She was one of 12 siblings raised on a dairy farm in Bolton, VT. After marrying Angelo Affinito, Jr. in 1954, she began her family in New Haven. At this time Laurette and Angelo Affinito were born. After a divorce from Angelo, Alice moved to Branford where she met and married James LaRock in 1964. Her third child, William LaRock, was born a few years later. Although Alice felt that God's greatest gifts to her were her children, she also said that two of the happiest days of her life came when her grandchildren Michelle and Michael Affinito were born to her son Angelo. Two important family members who shared no blood, but were deeply loved by Alice, were Farridah and Manijeh Shafiee. They lived with her in Connecticut and in Florida while they received their education and built their lives in the United States and they have remained ever close. Alice worked as a waitress at the Forbes Diner in New Haven for over 30 years. She had always dreamed of becoming a nurse and was especially proud of both Laurette and Bill when they chose nursing for their profession. She was also very proud of her son Angelo who was born deaf and who overcame many obstacles in life in order to succeed. With the help of St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes, Alice worked very hard during her life to overcome adversity and she surrounded herself with those she loved. Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden on Saturday, November 19th, starting at 11AM followed by a Memorial Service at Noon. Contributions in Alice's memory may be made to Forgotten Felines Inc, PO Box 734, Clinton, CT 06413.

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  1. My heartfelt sympathies to you, Bill, and your family. I am flooded with the nicest of memories…..coffee clatches, shared holidays, dips in the pool, broken eye-glasses, far too many to mention. Be strong and may the memories keep you afloat and at peace. XOXOX

  2. Bill, although I may not have known your mother you are a fine example of her love. Treasure your memories with her.

  3. Laurette, Angelo & Bill…Have so missed your Mom since the move out of Florida…because of all we had in common, we did stay in touch, laughed, cried & just made many more memories…she will Always have a Special place in my heart…RIP Alice, Till We Meet Again <3 <3 U

  4. Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing this Dear lady, I do want to express my sincere condolences to Bill and his entire family. Drew Iorio

  5. Angelo and Bill your mom will surely be missed. I have alot of good memories. My deepest condolences. Our prayers will be with you.

  6. Dear Angelo, Laurette,and Family, Our deepest sympathy goes out to you today. Our sympathy also to Bill who we have never met. We have some fond and happy memories of Mom (Alice) and we hope that our prayers and thoughts today make the loss you feel less difficult. Love to all from your Ct. cousins.

  7. Dear, Sweet Bill, I remember so clearly when we worked together many years ago at Ft Lauderdale Hospital, and your Mom was sick and I think needed surgery. You were so concerned and such a loving son. So sorry you lost her, my heart is with you. With love, Billie

  8. Dear Laurette, Angelo, Billy, Michelle, Michael, Farridah and Manijeh. Your Mom, Grand Mother and best friend was also my aunt. I know what a special lady she was. Although I have not had a whole of contact with her over the years the contact we did have has been special to me. Jean-Marie and I did manage a short visit with Aunt Alice a couple years ago when she was in Wilmington. Prior to that I did get a chance to see her a few times while I was on a business trip for IBM in Boca Raton many years ago. Prior to those visits we only got to visit when Aunt Alice visited in Vermont. When I was very, very young your Mom would baby sit with me and a couple other of my siblings when we lived in Burlington in the early 1940’s. We were unable to attend the service for Alice, however, our youngest daughter Susan did attend and I know that she met many of you there. Our condolences for your loss. She will be missed by many. Bob and Jean-Marie Martell (Uncle Frankies oldest son) Alburgh, VT

  9. Laurette, Angelo and Bill, My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go forward with many wonderful memories of your Mom. I had many long and enjoyable conversations with my Aunt Alice on the phone. I will always love her and the time she spent with me and sharing wonderful memories about my Dad with me. (I miss him every day) Aunt Alice sure was a special lady!! Treasure her memory!

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