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August 23, 1944 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
Gail Ann (Lorrain) Caldwell, a spirited woman who touched the lives of many, passed away peacefully at her home in Bristol, CT on October 13, 2023. She was born on August 23, 1944, in Hartford, CT, and she leaves behind a legacy of determination, love, and vivacity.
The beloved daughter of Irene Brunoli Lorrain and Joseph Albert Lorrain. She was the cherished sister of Darlene (David) Joy Lorrain and Lorraine (Francis) L. Hughes. She is survived by her son, Michael Lavender of Forsyth, Missouri, her daughter, Michele Lavender of Bristol, CT, and her step-children Rachel Caldwell of Berlin, CT, and John (Mae) Caldwell of Enfield, CT. Gail's love extended to her grandchildren, Alec Ulrych of Bristol, CT, and Monique (Jordan) Lavender Greenberg of Coral Gables, FL, and her great-grandchildren, Liliana and Chloe. She was loved by many additional family members, including her nephew, Jason Hiester and his children.
Throughout her life, Gail's passion for living was undeniable. She graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph Academy high school and graduated from the University of Hartford, she worked at IBM, ABB, Office Depot and Combustion Engineering. She was a member of the Connecticut Ski Council and was a former President of the Newington Ski Club. In her youth, she was a tap dancer as well as an actress. She graced the stage as the lead in "The Tender Trap," a play performed at the Eugene O'Neal Theater, where her talent and charisma shone brightly.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Gail was known for her love of the great outdoors, her green thumb, her honesty, and, back in the days of Super Nintendo, as a Zelda extraordinaire. She also enjoyed going to Cape Cod and R.I. kayaking, golfing and camping. She was a passionate animal lover, and over the course of her life Gail raised a menagerie of animals, which ranged from llamas to Yorkshire terriers. Her sweet tooth was no secret to those who knew her best. Gail's presence was a source of comfort and joy to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
Gail's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share in her life's journey.
A special thank you to all of the staff at Bristol Health Homecare Hospice who were there up until the very end. A special thank you to her volunteer Sandy who would play Yahtzee with her, her favorite Aides Tammy and Rhonda and her Nurse Allison for taking wonderful care of her at the end of her as she passed.
A private celebration of Gail's life will be held on January 7, 2024 for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to CHRISTOS HOUSE, P.O.Box 771, West Plains, Mo.65775 in her honor. https://christoshousemo.org/contribute/