Lorraine joined the angels in Heaven on September 13, 2019 surrounded by love and light in the arms of her daughter and granddaughter. She was truly loved by each and every one of us and will be greatly missed. She gave her family the best gift of all by giving us the opportunity to share in her journey.
There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at St. Basil’s Church in Wolcott, CT on Saturday, September 28, 2019. The family will receive guests beginning at 10 AM.
Lorraine was the daughter of the late Frank and Pauline (LaRosa) Cucolo. She leaves behind her beloved family, her husband James McQueen; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Thomas Brundage; 3 grandchildren Alyssa (Michael) Aiello, Zachary and Griffin Day; a great-grandson Michael Aiello; her sisters Patricia (David) Yurgaitis and Elaine (Anthony) Moffo; her brothers Frank (Patricia) Cucolo and Gregory (Angela) Cucolo; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased in death by her brother Gary Cucolo, her daughter Debra McQueen, and her nephew David Yurgaitis.
She attended Waterbury Catholic High and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. She was on the committee for every reunion and member of the Sacred Heart High School Alumni Association. She loved meeting with her classmates for their Thursday Morning Breakfast Club.
Lorraine proudly served as Tax Collector for the Town of Wolcott for 38 years, during which time she was the longest serving elected official in the State of Connecticut and she was the longest serving elected official in history for the Town of Wolcott.
She was a longtime member of the Wolcott Democratic Town Committee, former President and Vice President of the New Haven County Tax Collectors Association, past President of the Democratic Women’s Club.
Lorraine received many accolades and awards during her life:
The Marcia Brayton Award from Sacred Heart High School Alumni 1995
Numerous Resident Choice Awards for Best Female Elected Official
Secretary of State Public Service Award 2001
In 2008 she was chosen by the state to cast a ballot for the Electoral College for President Barak Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. “She was thrilled to represent the voters of Connecticut in the Electoral College and hopefully help a member of her party get elected to the nations highest office.”
The Democratic Town Committee of which she was a longtime member honored her in 2009 for her service to the town, state and Democratic Party. She received citations for her 36 years of service as a political leader, community volunteer and Tax Collector of Wolcott from:
State of Connecticut General Assembly
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Secretary Of State Susan Bysiewicz
Congressman Christopher Murphy
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman
Upon her retirement in 2012, Lorraine was grateful to have been able to serve her town and community. She left an imprint on many people’s hearts and was loved by anyone who met her.
Munson Lovetere Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com