Lorraine C. Standish, 94, wife of the late Donald F. Standish passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born in Wollaston, MA January 18, 1926, a daughter of the late Edward O. and Edith Johnson Carlson, and was a life-long resident of West Haven. Lorraine was a member of the First Congregational Church of West Haven for over 80 years. She founded the West Haven Green Nursery School 52 years ago and served as its director for 25 years. Loving mother of Paul B. (Debora) Standish of North Branford, Mark E. Standish of Clinton, Richard D. (Karen) Standish of West Haven, and David R. (Carla) Standish of Guilford, and sister-in-law of Joanne Carlson of West Haven. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Lorraine was predeceased by a sister, Merrilyn Dahlgard and a brother, E. Robert Carlson. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful and caring professionals at Yale-New Haven Hospital and to the care professionals of the Guilford House nursing home who helped to make her final years so happy. A brief graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 28th at 10 a.m. in the Masonic section of Beaverdale Memorial Park Cemetery. All are welcome. Donations can be made to the book of remembrance in her name at the First Congregational Church of West Haven, 1 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516. We hope to have a memorial service in the future when the health crisis is over. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Lorraine was a wonderful warm loving woman She was my children’s pre school teacher and their very first positive introduction to school. May she RIP.

  2. Lorraine was the sweetest person I have ever known. She was a wonderful director and teacher at the West Haven Green Nursery School. She had lots of patients and was very soft spoken. I have lots of happy memories learning and working beside her. I was proud to call her my mentor and friend. My condolences to all of her family. Donna Latella

  3. so sorry 4 your loss she a fantastic family who i love she’s always with in sparit not easy remember if need me i’m here

  4. Lorraine will be missed by so many in West Haven. She showed by example what it meant to be a kind and loving person. I have many positive memories of her, both at church and particularly during my years teaching at the WH Green Nursery School. She was a leader and mentor to all who taught there. When someone left, she would write a poem for them (I still have the one she wrote for me). Parents of students from years ago still tell me what a wonderful start their kids received by attending there. Lorraine was always a gracious hostess and caring friend, always smiling. Much love to all her family. Judy Iversen

  5. To All the Sandish Family, Lorraine was a kind, loving, friend, neighbor, teacher, and guiding light. She touched so many people. Her knowledge in education helped so many young minds. Many of us are so thankful to have had her as a first teacher for our children. She was always beautiful, externally and internally. I picture her now in heaven smiling with her handsome husband and all her friends from her church. Bob and Annette Desautels

  6. On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend our sincere condolences to all of you in your loss. JoAnne Hugendubel-Case

  7. The Brill family extends their sincere condolences in the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful, caring and lovely lady. Pat, Roger and Kristen Brill-Pilletere.

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