Lorraine M. O'Donnell, age 83, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2016 at the Hamden Health Care Center surrounded by her family. Lorraine was born in Riverhead, NY on December 29, 1932, a daughter of the late Stanley Tryon & Marion (Malkowitz) Tryon. She was the widow of George J. O'Donnell. Lorraine is survived by her sons, George T. (Pamela) O'Donnell of North Haven and Kevin J. (Joan) O'Donnell of Branford; her daughters, Karen 'Kerri' (Christopher) Stephenson of New Hampshire, Katherine O'Donnell Knowles of Winter Park, FL, Eileen (William) Valintas of Wallingford and Maureen (Peter) Panaroni of Hamden; sisters, Carol Carey, Marion Prendegast & Florence Kull all of Riverhead, NY; 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Lorraine was employed as a Business Manager in the Department of Economics at Yale University from 1976 until her retirement in 2000. She was a past President of the Mothers of Twins Club, an area Girl Scout Leader and a member of the Red Hat Club of Hamden & North Haven. Lorraine loved to play the accordion; she was an avid sewer, knitter and gardener. Lorraine enjoyed living in Florida for the past 3 years before returning to CT because of her health. She cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lorraine's funeral and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Contributions in Lorraine's memory may be made to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047.

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  1. Barb and I are very sorry for your loss….. it is never easy to lose someone you care for so much… you and your family will be in our prayers

  2. Kevin and Joan ,

    I send my condolences to you and your family for your loss. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love , Celines Nieves and Family

  3. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the entire family. I have such fond memories of your Mom who shared such a close friendship with my Mother and Father. Your Mom mailed me some great pictures of all of us playing together when we were young which I will always cherish. It was so thoughtful of her to think of me. She will always have a special place in my heart! God Bless, Carrie Morton O’Connor

  4. To the families of Lorraine O\’Donnell, I have lost my dearest friend of 67 yrs. It is a lifetime we have shared with many memories in those years, some sad but mostly happy ones. The friendship we had can never be replaced. Unfortunatly I fell and was in the hospital with two broken ribs I could not make the service and say my last goodbye. My prayers and sympathy is with you all at this time of your great loss. Love Aunt Sally and families

  5. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. Her dedication to girls was remarkable and respected by all. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Barneby, CEO

  6. I was a neighbor of Mrs. O’Donnell for many years in Mt. Carmel.

    My memory’s of everyone are wonderful and will stay with me forever. Karen was my best friend for a long time.

    I wish you all well. I know you will miss her dearly.

    Jean Strimaitis-Valente

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