Lisa M. Sokoloff, age 35, of Cheshire, passed away on February 3, 2016. Born in New Haven on July 11, 1980, she was the daughter of Richard & Janet (Murphy) Sokoloff of Cheshire. Lisa is also survived by her brother Mark S. Sokoloff & his wife Sandra of East Hampton and her niece Taylor Sokoloff. A resident of Cheshire most of her life she excelled at every sport she played, but found her real passion and success playing basketball. To this day she holds the points record at Cheshire High School for the most points scored from freshmen to senior year, and she was point guard, almost 2000 points. Lisa was All-State and among the best on the east coast during high school. She attended St. Lawrence University where she maintained a 3.8 average and graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in English. Lisa was a vibrant, funny, incredibly smart, beautiful, and a fantastic writer, as well as a caring daughter, sister, aunt, sister in-law, niece and friend who we loved and will miss very much. All our love always and forever. Friends may attend her funeral on Tuesday at 8:15 AM from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 AM in St. Rita Church, 1640 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Friends may also visit with her family on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place on Tuesday in All Saint's Cemetery, North Haven.

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  1. Like Lindsay, Lisa played a huge role in my childhood, and will always be a part of some of the fondest memories of my life. The three of us were AAU teammates and best friends through our childhood years. Lindsay and I spent some time on the phone last night reminiscing and laughing, remembering Lisa for who she was. A funny, beautiful, talented, kind person. You will be missed, Lisa. My sincerest condolences to the Sokoloff Family.

  2. Lisa was and will always be an enormously important person in my life. Though we had fallen out of touch, we were best friends during what were some of the purest, most innocent and fun years of my life when we’re were AAU teammates. My mind is filled with memories. She was a great friend, a hilarious and kind person, and someone I will love and miss. My heart goes out to the Sokoloffs.

  3. I am so sad to hear of Lisa’s passing. Lisa was my roommate in college, and the very first person I met at SLU. She was exceptionally smart, witty and kind. She had an incredible work ethic and so many of her sorority sisters looked up to her, including me. While we hadn’t been in touch lately, I always considered her a good friend. I will keep her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. Such a heartbreaking loss.

  4. Lisa and I were very close in our younger years while playing AAU and will forever be in my heart and truly missed. She was a beautiful, funny, smart and extremely talented person. My deepest condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Sokoloff and Mark.

  5. Lisa normally called me every year since we graduated from college. I was deeply saddened when I learned of her death from one of our Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters. Lisa was one of my roommates senior year. She was fiesty and her sarcasm always made me laugh. Lisa was a great friend. I will remember her zest and many fond memories with her at KKG/ SLU.

    My deepest condolences to the Sokoloff family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. My condolences to the family. I had the privilege of escorting Lisa as my date for the junior prom. I will be able to look at our photos and always remember her.

  7. My deepest sympathies go out to the Sokoloff family. I played AAU basketball with Lisa, and remember fondly her laughter and love of music.

  8. My deepest sympathy to the Sokoloff family. I am saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. I met Lisa the first day of freshman year at St. Lawrence- though we lost touch over the years I’ve never forgotten our friendship. She was a smart, funny and most of all a wonderful friend. So many fond memories of Lisa. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Allison Dalton Trojano

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and her family. She was far and away one of the most kind hearted people I knew in high school. My heart breaks from this news.

  10. Dear Rich and Jan, I just learned this news of your daughter’s passing. Please accept my love and sympathy. I know this must be a very difficult time for you. If there is anything I can do, don’t hesitate to let me know.

  11. Hahaha. That is so funny. Lisa would come stay at my house growing up and my parents lived on a lake. She would never go under water because she had just straightened her hair!

  12. I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. I met Lisa at SLU though KKG and we had many psychology classes together. Lisa had such a great sense of humor. She was funny and smart. I will never forget watching the meticulous way she blew dried her hair… With a glove on. Rest in peace Lisa.

  13. It absolutely breaks my heart to hear this news. I have many fond memories of you from Kappa and all of them involve laughter! You were one of a kind with an incredible personality! Rest in peace, Lisa.

  14. Lisa you were always a great friend and we shared some amazing stories together. I will cherish our friendship and our memories. You will be deeply missed. My heart breaks but I pray that you are finally at peace. Love you with all my heart!!!!!

  15. My deepest condolences to the Sokoloff family. I met Lisa on the basketball court at Dodd Middle School. She played hoops with incredible passion and intensity. I always admired her work ethic. The way she pushed herself to be better was so inspiring. Most of all I will remember Lisa for her kindness and sense of humor.

  16. My heart breaks at this news. Lisa and I played basketball together for many years. She was one of the funniest people I have ever met. Lindsay and I still laugh about some of the things we all made up together. Thinking about it right now makes me smile. Nearly 25 years later and it is still funny. We talk to each other in a dialect Lisa made up – Jillian and Darcy will know what I am talking about (great, grand, wonderful). She was a truly creative warm person. My thoughts are with Janet, Rich, and Mark tonight.

  17. Oh Lisa, I’m so saddened to hear of your passing. You were a hardworking student, a wonderful friend, and one of the best athlete’s Cheshire High has ever seen. I’ll always remember your incredible sense of humor and wit. You had me laughing to the point of crying countless times. I’m sorry we lost touch and hope you are at peace now. You are loved. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family and friends.

  18. Sympathies go out to the entire Sokoloff family, and words simply can’t describe everyone’s sadness at this time. Having met Lisa in AAU basketball at age 10 and being her HS coach for 4 years, she was certainly special to me and she was always at home on the court. She will always be remembered for the kind, funny and talented person she was.

  19. That makes me smile. Straightening her hair and keeping it straight was a top priority for Lisa early on – we met when we were 11!!

  20. My thoughts go back to SLU, KKG, and the girls of the graduating class of 2002. So many stories to tell, but nothing will replace your I loss. Lisa was a strong willed, driven person; smart and witty. My heart goes out to the Sokoloff family. I hope she is at peace now.

  21. Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.

  22. My heart is broken. I just found out and I’m so beyond devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa’s amazing and devoted parents and brother. Lisa, I love you so much.

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