Lorraine Gonnella

By May 31, 2014 Obituaries

Lorraine Bergeron Gonnella

Lorraine Bergeron Gonnella, 84, of Ladson, SC was welcomed into heaven on May 30, 2014.  Jesus told us the greatest commandment is love; Lorraine lived this out every day as a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.

     Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life service at St Georges Episcopal Church, 9110 Dorchester Rd, Summerville, SC, on Wednesday, June 4th at 1 PM.

She was born on July 19, 1929 in Jay, Maine to the late Edward and Marie Anne Bergeron.  She is survived by two sisters, Gertrude O’Hare and Rita Bergeron, both of Ladson, SC, her former husband Robert Gonnella, of Kittery, ME, and their children, Robert Gonnella (Barbara) of West Yarmouth, MA, Elaine Williams (Joel) of Billerica, MA, William Gonnella (Teresa)  of Billerica, MA, Edward Gonnella (Donna) of Old Town, ME, Thomas Gonnella (Judy) of Gettysburg, PA, James Gonnella (Brenda) of North Charleston, SC, Susan Roberto (Fred) of North Charleston, SC, David Gonnella (Jennifer) of Portland, OR, and Steven Gonnella of Wakefield, MA.  Additionally, she is survived by 23 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

 

 

 

15 Comments

  • JIm, Brenda, and Michaela says:

    Mom,

    Your love of family and friends was amazing, your adventurous spirit took you to many places and made many memories in your life and others; we’re sure you’ve already got things hopping in heaven. We can see you preparing your first big meal of homemade gnocci and ravioli’s for everyone. And handmade quilts. We know you are still watching over us because we feel you in our hearts every day. We miss you dearly and love you!

    JIm, Brenda, and Michaela

    • Lynnette Huff says:

      I know that Jim learned to be a papa bear from his mama because I’ve been over for more than one holiday or family dinner both an expected and unexpected guest. Just like Jim and Brenda adopted me in to their family as one of their own was how I was treated by Grandma Gonnella. I’ll never forget the spirit of hospitality that is inherent in the Gonnella family. I’m also thankful I had the chance to see you one last time on my visit in April. God bless.

  • Nick and Amy says:

    Gram,
    We’re going to miss you so much! What a blessing it is that you were able to come to our wedding. We will always remember you by the quilt you so lovingly made for us as our wedding gift. We thank God that you are no longer in pain and take comfort knowing you are in a better place. We love you, we miss, but we’ll never forget you.
    Nick and Amy

  • Bobby & Barbara says:

    Hi Mom,

    You are the best. You set an example for all of us. You taught us how to love, and to laugh, and to see the best in everyone. To accept everyone for whom they were, and to reach out to those in need.

    Your home was home to all of our friends, and you sure did your part to fatten up a lot of them over the years. When someone needed a place to stay, you always made room for them. Between feeding them and doing their laundry, it’s no wonder they didn’t want to leave.

    You even had enough room in your heart to help provide a temporary home for children whom the state trusted you to care for. Something that I will never forget. It’s no wonder that God provided you with so many children and foster children. He knew just how good you were at loving them and raising them to do the right thing.

    We will miss you a lot, but we know that you are still keeping a loving eye out for us, and will continue to help us to do the right thing every day.

    Love,

    Bobby & Barbara

  • John, Kerrie, Adam & Matthew says:

    So sorry Sue, Fred, Nick, Sean, Amy and the entire Gonnella family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. OXOXO

  • Elena Gonnella says:

    We have been truly blessed to have had Aunti Lorraine in our lives. My memories of her are always very warm, caring and soft spoken. My daughters Nina and Anna loved the baby quilts she made them when they were born and they are cherished.

    This is a deep loss for all of us. We will keep the entire Gonnella family in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all very much.

    Rest in peace Aunti.

    Love,
    Elena, Nina and Anna Gonnella

  • Stacy Rexrode says:

    Gram, it’s been 4 days since we heard the news that you left us and are finally at rest and I still can’t seem to put my feelings into words so I’ll just say, you were truly one of the great ones and will forever be missed!!!! You set an example for us all and I will do my best to be an amazing sister, mother, grandmother and friend like you were to soooo many! I love you and am happy you are finally at peace!

    Love you and Miss you always!!!!

    Stacy, Doug & Colby

  • Bill and Terri says:

    Mom…. When you moved to South Carolina., I knew we would miss you dearly, but it also gave you a chance to reconnect with Jim and Sue and their families too (who have treated you so wonderfully for years since the move), and with whom you had seldom seen because of all their years in the Air Force. I really enjoyed my annual trek there to visit you each year, and which really became a reunion of sorts as Dad, Steve, Dave, Bob, Tom and their families would all plan to visit at the same time if at all possible., joining with you, Sue, Jim, Rita and Gert and families for one crazy week of different feasts each nite at different houses, treks to Myrtle Beach, Savanna, Charleston, Angel Oak, Cypress Gardens, etc. Terri was talking about how she could finally plan to make the trek too, as her retirement was imminent.

    Thankfully, along with Dad, Steve , and Tom, I was able to spend time with you this year for one more week. God must have looked down on you favorably because you had a great week with us, going out to eat and visiting others for dinner with us. I did so enjoy talking to you and hearing more about your great life. You were a fine example to all of us, with your quiet strength, your love of others and your generosity. I can’t even begin to fathom all the manhours, the material costs and the love you put into making, I would conservatively say, a hundred quilts or more… when we wore one out , you’d have another one ready for us. I attribute my love of cooking to you too. Nothing like a long distance call to you to have you recall some recipe that we had lost somehow.

    In your later years, you became a world traveller of sorts, going to Austrailia, Europe, Okinawa, and even all around the USA..I have to admit tho, that right now you are on your best and last journey….. to heaven…. to visit with all your friends and relatives who made it there before you.

    We love you Mom and miss you dearly.

  • Mark Gonnella says:

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Forever in our hearts….

    Mark, Shelley, Jordan, Taylor….

  • Lee & Holly Gonnella says:

    It’s very hard to put into words all that my Auntie Lorraine did, and meant to us. She was a pillar of strength, honest & loving, hard working, and really funny. I know she loved me dearly and ALWAYS made a place for me in her home, even when it was already full. To this day, I’m still amazed at the amount of work it must have took to keep up with such a big household. Just the cooking or laundry alone would be too much for most people. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the many summers spent at 81 Farm Street, with Lorraine & Bob and all the kids.

    I returned to Auntie Lorraine’s house many times over the years, always welcomed. Another favorite memory will always be the nights spent playing cards and telling stories with Lorraine & Gert. She called me her “8th son” and it warmed my heart every time she said it.

    Auntie Lorraine loved family, and we will all miss her greatly. I’m comforted to know she passed peacefully, knowing the love & care she gave to her 9 children and huge extended family was well received, that our lives are better for having known her.

    I love you Auntie Lorraine, and can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for me. I’ll never forget your love, strength, and laugh.

  • Lee & Holly Gonnella says:

    It’s very difficult to put into words what Auntie Lorraine meant to us. She was a pillar of strength, kind & loving, and really funny. I was ALWAYS welcome in her home, even when it was already full. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the summers spent at 81 farm Street with Lorraine & Bob & all the kids. I can’t imagine how much work it must have taken to keep such a huge family fed & clothed, but lets just say that Uncle Bob wasn’t the only hard-worker in that home.

    I returned to Auntie Lorraine’s house many times over the years, always welcomed. Another favorite memory will always be the nights spent playing cards and telling stories with Lorraine & Gert. She called me her “8th son” and it warmed my heart every time she said it.

    Auntie Lorraine loved family, and we will all miss her greatly. I’m comforted to know she passed peacefully, knowing the love & care she gave to her 9 children and huge extended family was well received, that our lives are better for having known her.

    I love you Auntie Lorraine, and can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for me. I’ll never forget your love, strength, and laugh.

  • Tony & jeannine Gonnella says:

    To the Gonnella Family…
    I’ve known Lorraine since 1952, and I can you tell firsthand, she has not changed at all, that dedication to family and friends is the same now as it was back then. I would call Lorraine a saint in our lifetime..When I visited there it might have been dinner time, and looking in the dining room as seeing 14 family members eating it was truly a special. And the one who did it all had the biggest smile and that was Lorraine, just as a side comment I know they went tru 64 quarts a milk a week..!! I you will miss her so much, but just know you were blessed to have such a mom in your life.. I love all of you….and always in my thoughts…

  • Elaine Gonnella Williams says:

    Mom-
    You will truly be missed by everyone who knew and loved you. Despite raising nine children, you always had room in your heart to care for others. You were a friend as well as my Mom. I missed you when you moved away, but I guess I had to share you with Jimmy and Sue, as well as Aunt Gert and Aunt Rita. I’ll miss calling you to share a funny story, get a recipe or share a happy event. Even though the last few years were difficult for you, you still made the trip for a wedding or if we were sick and needed you. You always put everyone ahead of yourself. You are truly a wonderful role model and I hope we all learn from your example. I’m proud to call you “Mom”. I guess God needed one more angel to continue to watch over us.
    Love you always,
    Elaine

  • Bobbi and Bill Brodie says:

    Dearest Elaine and Families,
    I was saddened to here about the passing of your beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother Lorraine Gonnella.
    We have shared a lot of memories and good times together, and you all are very fortunate to have her as long as you did.
    May she rest in peace.
    Love, Bobbi and Bill Brodie

  • Donna LaPointe says:

    Auntie Lorraine,

    I know you are resting in peace, you lived well- loving & caring for so many. Thank you for all the wonderful memories- the great times on Farm St. No matter what was going on or how hectic, you always had a smile on your face. I’m so glad I got to see you periodically through the years at weddings & family reunions. I feel very lucky that you were my Auntie.

    Love you & God bless,

    Donna