OBITUARY: Lorraine A. (Burke) Casey, 87

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Lorraine A. Casey (Burke), a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on February 18, 2023.

Lorraine was born on April 18, 1935, in Charlestown, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (McNeil) Burke.  Lorraine was raised and educated in Charlestown and a graduate of Charlestown High School.

Lorraine went on to further her education at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton where she earned her degree as an X-Ray Technician.  Lorraine went on to work at St. Elizabeth’s and Grove Manor in the x-ray department for several years.  

Lorraine married “the love of her life” a handsome young Marine named Tom Casey in 1957; the couple traveled to various duty stations throughout the United States and started their family.  Lorraine and Tom finally settled “up country” in Wilmington in 1965 and quickly became very active in their new community.  Lorraine loved her new community, but she never forgot her Charlestown roots and was a “Townie” through and through.

Lorraine’s family as well as her extended family were always her priority.  She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster mother, neighborhood “Mom”, and very special daycare mom to many kids throughout the years.  Lorraine loved children; she saw the good in every child and encouraged them to do their best. Lorraine’s door was always open to family, friends, her children’s friends and the entire neighborhood. Lorraine made everyone feel welcomed and loved.

Lorraine was involved in every school or sporting activity that was of interest to her children.  She spent countless years organizing and supporting Wilmington Pop Warner Cheerleading, she attended countless sporting events at Wilmington High School and Shawsheen Tech High School and was a staple at every school play or concert.

Lorraine continuously gave of her time and talents to many causes throughout the community; she volunteered at Toys for Tots for many years, she was a Delegate for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, spent countless hours helping out at various fundraisers at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus and the Marine Corp. League.  Lorraine could be found every year on the Wilmington Common at the annual Fourth of July festivities helping out at various booths or serving up breakfasts and she so proudly volunteered countless hours packing boxes for the Military personnel with Local Heroes.

Lorraine was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington.  For many years, Lorraine, served as a Eucharistic Minister for the Church; she enjoyed meeting people at Sunday Masses and bringing communion out into the community for those where were unable to attend.  Lorraine never missed Church; she enjoyed listening to the Choir and socializing with her fellow parishioners.

In her later years, Lorraine, looked forward to “heading out” to the Wilmington Senior Center where she participated in their many activities.  She enjoyed her exercise classes, ceramic classes, and their many trips and activities.  Lorraine had many friends at the Senior Center, and she enjoyed chatting with the staff.

Lorraine loved her Irish Heritage, but she was a proud American and very patriotic.  Lorraine had the utmost respect for the men and women in our Armed Forces; she beamed with pride as she spoke of her husband Toms service in the Marine Corps. and her son Brians service in the Army and National Guard where he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Lorraine was one of the first to welcome home Wilmington’s men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and she never missed a Memorial Day Parade; she truly appreciated the sacrifices our Military and their families gave for our freedom.

Lorraine will be fondly remembered for her endearing personality; she was always upbeat and made everyone feel special.  Lorraine cared for many people throughout her life; she always led by example of how to be a good person, she was a great mentor and a true friend to all.  Lorraine was truly a beautiful lady inside and out with a heart of gold; she never met a stranger, and she was always willing to help anyone in need.  Lorraine was such a presence in Wilmington; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lorraine was the beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Casey, devoted mother of Linda Herra of Houston, TX, Pam “PJ” Casey of Winthrop, Brian Casey of Wilmington and Chuck Robbins of Hudson, NH.  Loving grandmother of Sara, Nicholas, Jamie & wife Samantha, Casey, Michaela, and her great-grandchildren Victoria, Nicholas Jr., Savannah, and Donovan. Lorraine was the mother-in-law of Mike Herra of Wilmington, dear sister of the late Alexander and Mary, former mother-in-law of Ron Marasco of Kentucky.  Lorraine is further survived by her niece, nephews, and friends.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, February 22 nd from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, followed by her interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

Please consider a donation in Lorraine’s memory to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

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Lorraine Casey

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