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Lorraine Anasovitch

Lorraine R. Anasovitch

Thursday, December 24th, 1931 - Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Lorraine Phillips Anasovitch
1931 - 2020

Naugatuck, CT Lorraine Phillips Anasovitch, affectionately known by some as “JoJo”, died on Saturday, May 9th, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT of a COVID19 outbreak at a nursing home in Waterbury, CT.

She was born on a cold, wintry night on December 24, 1931, a Christmas gift from God. She was the daughter of Peter Phillips and Helen Blanner Phillips. She was the wife of the late Walter Anasovitch to whom she was married for over 35 years. She was a longtime Naugatuckian.

She may not have been famous or rich, but her life mattered to us. She would never have wished to become a government statistic. All she wanted to be was a sister, wife, mother, and a friend, but her life was shortened by this pandemic.

She was educated in the Naugatuck School System. She was a former employee of the Naugatuck Rubber Shop as well as the Hemingway Box Factory in Waterbury, CT. She was a hard worker who always provided for her family.

She was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Naugatuck, when she was able to attend.

She was a longtime member of the Naugatuck Garden Club. She enjoyed planning trips and travelling with her daughter and the Naugatuck Garden Club for many years before she became blind. She looked forward to traveling each summer to the shores of Maine or Cape Cod. One of her all-time favorite trips was to Bermuda. She exclaimed that the blue-green waters were therapeutic and that Bermuda was heaven on earth.

She enjoyed attending numerous dog events with her daughter, especially when the dogs were competing in lure coursing events throughout New England. It didn’t matter if they came in first, second, or last. She was excited to see them run, all the same.

She loved the rain, the color purple, and a Sunday drive around Lake Waramaug, followed by an ice cream. She loved getting her hair done, dressing up, and putting on a splash of pink lipstick and earrings, even if she had no place to go.

She loved parties and picnics. She enjoyed a good ice cream sundae, a tasty hotdog with the works, a juicy steak dinner, or a succulent lobster roll. She loved going shopping on Saturdays and was always searching for a bargain. She was devastated when the last KMarts closed.

She was an expert piecrust baker, as noted by her late sisters, flaky and tender. Her stuffed cabbage was always tightly rolled, juicy, and mouthwatering to perfection.

She was quiet, kind, and compassionate, in her own special way. She had her own special humor, even when her timing was sometimes off kilter, but it was funny, just the same. She loved music and would sometimes be caught singing or humming a tune. She loved Andrea Bocelli and the musical score from The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Johnny Cash.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cynthia A. and Edward L. Schroeder of Naugatuck, her son and daughter-in-law, Walter I. and Myrna Anasovitch of Rocklin, CA, her granddaughter, Victoria Anasovitch of Rocklin, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves her two longtime, faithful companions and grand-dogs, Piper and Fargo. She will be sorely missed by family and friends, alike. She was predeceased by her brother, William Phillips and her sisters, Amelia Lauer and Bertha Barth.

We would like to thank the compassionate and caring doctors, nurses and aides at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT who risked their lives to care for our mother during this outbreak.

Due to the COVID19 crisis, we are unable to hold calling hours or a funeral service at this time. A celebration of life and burial will be held at a later date. Please consider a donation in memory of our mom to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708.
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    St. James Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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Debbie Levesque

Posted at 10:38am
Dear Cindy and Ed, We were so very sorry to hear of Jo Jo's passing. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for you as you mourn your Mom. We want you to know we are thinking of you with love and that you are all in our prayers. This is so hard to lose a loved family member during this outbreak, when you can't even have the service you would like. We understand and feel for you. I have many wonderful memories of spending time with you and your Mom planning trips, sitting in the kitchen and traveling together on our bus tours. I thought she was a great woman and I really enjoyed her company and sense of humor.I can still hear her voice making some wise crack that just made me smile. I want you to know we care and are thinking of you with Love , and send our deepest sincere respect and sympathy to you. May God grant you peace and comfort, you were a truly exceptional kind and caring daughter to your Mom, You and Ed took wonderful care of her. God Bless you and keep you as you mourn her passing. Love Deb and Pete


Posted at 01:55pm
Dear Mom:

This is your son. I love you and will miss you. Thanks for giving me life and taking care of me when I was a child. We had many good times together. I remember the summer days when you would take us to Lake Quassapaug, Aunt Nellie's or Milford to go swimming. When I was little you would take me to Woolworths in downtown Waterbury for a grilled cheese sandwich. You used to take me to the Waterbury Diner to have hot dogs, as well as Friendly's for sundaes. We could always rely on you for our weekly allowance.I am glad you got to see your granddaughter skate a few times in Massachusetts and Disney in CA. Thanks for making it to Tori's graduation from Creighton in Omaha. I know the trip was difficult for you to make, but we are really glad you did it. You are now with God, your husband, parents, and all of you brothers and sisters. Don't forget all of our loving pets like Sir, Narci, Galahad, Clyde, and Tiger. Tori and I are glad we got to see you last year.

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