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Lorraine (Vernon) Ottaviani

Obituary for Lorraine (Vernon) Ottaviani

August 29, 2019
Clearwater, Florida


HAVERHILL - Lorraine Ottaviani passed away peacefully and suddenly on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Clearwater, FL.

Lorraine was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Walter and Ann (Lambert) Vernon. When a small child, she and her twin sister, Terry, went to live in New York. She was taking classes in journalism when she met a handsome sailor. He soon became her husband and they moved to his hometown of Haverhill.

Lorraine spent her early marriage caring for her father-in-law and young daughter. She later joined the work force as a bookkeeper/office manager in the automotive industry and later, in a law office.

When the New England winters became too much for the two of them, they moved to California for a couple of years, and then, in 1982, to the Gulf coast of Florida.

After settling in their new home, they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad, including various cruises. Lorraine loved spending time with her granddaughters and delighted in their accomplishments.

When her husband of 57 years passed away in 2001, Lorraine began a new chapter in her life. She discovered the joy of yelling, "Bingo!" She played and helped out at the local bingo games. She was also an avid reader and, on many occasions, would read through the night. Lorraine was also addicted to crossword puzzles, the more challenging, the better. She could often be found on the phone comparing answers with her sister. She loved going to lunch with her friends. Above all, Lorraine was a very generous person, always remembering friends and family with a card and "a little something" on their special occasions. She truly loved her family and friends and often stated that she was happy with her life. She will be missed more than she could imagine.

Lorraine leaves behind her daughter, Bette Anne Caruso and her husband, John L., of Haverhill and her granddaughters, Jennifer L. Russell and her husband, Douglas J., of Haverhill, and Lisa A. Caruso, of Lowell. She also leaves her great-grandchildren, Robert, Cecily, Adelaide, Caroline, and Genevieve Russell. Missing her also is her twin sister, Lillian (Terry) Troy, of New Jersey, and a special nephew and niece. She was the wife of the late Guito D. Ottaviani.

Visiting hours will be Friday, September 6, in the Driscoll Funeral Home 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, celebrated in All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Avenue, Haverhill at 10:00 AM. Please meet directly at the church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Haverhill. For guestbook, visit


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