Lorraine L. Blain Lawler, age 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at her home in Milton, Massachusetts, with her loving daughter, Noelle, by her side. Lorraine was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 8th, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Alexandra Lavoie. With her identical twin and best friend Claudette always by her side, her most treasured memories as a young girl were summers spent in Rhode Island and Massachusetts visiting her large extended maternal family. Recalling childhood memories of summers spent with her aunts and uncles always brought a smile to her face.
Lorraine graduated high school from Holy Rosary Academy, Class of 1956. In high school, she had developed a love of art and painting which was showcased in her high school yearbook. Following graduation, she worked at Newark airport for a short while before becoming a sales manager for Crescent Wiss in the Empire State building.
Lorraine married James Ignatius Lawler on November 17, 1963 in Saddle River, New Jersey. The young couple initially made their home together in Fairlawn NJ before settling in Ho-Ho-Kus New Jersey after welcoming their daughter Noelle. As a young mom, Lorraine took on the role of homemaker, raising and caring for Noelle who was truly the light of her life. Lorraine’s biggest source of joy and accomplishment in life was being a mother, always devoting time to attend Noelle’s games, plays and concerts, offering endless amounts of encouragement from the sidelines. As Noelle’s circle of friends and family grew, so did Lorraine’s, welcoming all with open arms and an abundance of love. As a family, Lorraine, James and Noelle created favorite memories vacationing first at the Jersey Shore and later, on Cape Cod.
In 2001, Lorraine and James moved from their home in New Jersey to Massachusetts to be closer to their daughter. They lived in Weymouth initially then made their home in Canton, MA. A devoted daughter herself, Lorraine took care of her beloved mother while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Stonehill College where she graduated in 2012. She was able to develop her love of art during these years, enjoying every minute of her painting, drawing and photography projects. After her husband James passed away in 2015, Lorraine moved to her daughter’s home in Milton, MA. Despite living with a disabling illness, Lorraine was able to spend quality time with Noelle and her partner in Newport, Rhode Island during her last few years.
Beloved wife of the late James Ignatius Lawler. Loving mother of Noelle S Lawler of Milton and her partner, Carol Miller of Newport RI. Devoted twin sister of Claudette Hauck and her late husband, Frederick of Trumbull CT. Cherished aunt of Edmond Hauck of New London, NH and Warren Hauck of Trumbull, CT. Great aunt of Nik, Erik and Alexander Hauck. Step grand-mother to Sergio Shanks, Marissa (and Daniel) Grant, Aaron (and Maria) Sanchez. And finally, “GiGi” to the Shanks-Grant-Sanchez great grand-children who always made her heart skip a beat with their presence.
At home in Milton, Lorraine spent much of her last few years and days surrounded by a beautiful group of women who became not just care-givers but family to her. The Lawler and Hauck families will forever be grateful for the love and support shown to Lorraine and Noelle by this team. With deep love and gratitude to Denise, Daniela (and family), Sole, and Rachael.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lorraine’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Fla 33131 or at https://www.parkinson.org
Arrangements by James H Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.