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Catherine Lastrina Zampini
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Catherine (Lastrina) Zampini, loving and beloved mother, grammy and sister peacefully passed away at the Cobalt Lodge on Tuesday (October 31, 2017). She was born in Portland, CT, the daughter of the late Sebastian “Mike” and Margaret Capsalis Lastrina. Catherine graduated from Portland High School and attended the Morse School of Business. She worked many different jobs to help support her family as a Bank Teller at Riverside Trust and Hartford National Bank, as well as a Children’s Assistant Librarian at the Buck Library and Secretary at Middletown Family Practice and Daniels’ Oil. In later years, she volunteered her time at the Welles Turner Library in Glastonbury and the Portland Public Library. Catherine was a devout Catholic and communicant of the Church of St. Mary in Portland. There she was a member of the Ladies’ Guild, Our Ladies of Lourdes Mothers’ Circle and Church Choir. She was also a member of AARP, the Glastonbury Senior Center and the Friends of the Portland and Welles Turner Libraries. She was an avid sports fan and although she enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, her favorite teams to watch were those her grandson, Max, played on. In earlier days, Catherine enjoyed taking trips with her husband John, her daughter Linda, her sister and brother-in-law Marie and Joe Bordonaro, and their boys Joey and David and her parents. Later she enjoyed trips to the casino with John, Joe and Marie, and trips with John anywhere, especially for ice cream. She also enjoyed reading, knitting, making puzzles, going to Max’s baseball and basketball games, his piano recitals and school events, as well as bus trips with the Senior Center, Church of St. Mary and AARP.

Catherine is survived by her daughter, Linda Tomaiuolo, her husband Marc and her grandson Max, who always made her face light up and who gave her great comfort at the end of her life. She will continue to watch his games, listen to him play the piano and celebrate his achievements from the V.I.P. section with his other grandparents. Catherine also leaves her sister, Marie Bordonaro of Portland and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly and was always happy to see. In addition, she leaves her many, many friends from the Church of St. Mary and community as well.

Catherine was predeceased by her husband and love of her life John, her mother and father-in-law Frank and Ann Zampini, her brother-in-law Joseph Bordonaro, Sr. and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank, Jr. and Louise Zampini.

Catherine’s family would like to thank the very caring staff at the Cobalt Lodge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cobalt, CT. Catherine was a kind woman who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all.

Funeral services will be held from the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St. Middletown on Thursday morning at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Portland.

Friends and family may call TODAY (November 1, 2017) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, it would be Catherine’s wish for donations to be made to the Choir of the Church of St. Mary, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT 06480 or the Smith Elementary School Library, 142 Rutherford Street, New Britain, CT 06051. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Doolittle Funeral Home

14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457





10:00 AM
Church of St. Mary

51 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480

Cemetery Details


St. Mary's Cemetery

Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06510


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