Lorraine Louise McLaughlin

July 24, 1926 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old


Lorraine McLaughlin (nee Bergstrom) passed away peacefully at her home in Easton, CT on January 17, 2024.  Born in 1926 in Seattle, Washington to Elsa and Sam Bergstrom, who met in Alaska (Elsa was teaching Indians as a Missionary). Lorry inherited a sense of adventure.  After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in nursing, Lorry enlisted in the Navy to see more of the world.  During her service, she met her beloved husband John, who was returning from the Korean War.  John pre-deceased Lorry in 2005.

Lorry and John moved to Syracuse, NY and had three children: Elizabeth (Rutkin), Richard and Thomas, before settling in Easton in 1972.  They became active members of the Easton Congregational Church, where they made many good friends and enjoyed Bible study groups.  Lorry had many interests including reading, weaving, cooking, and gardening.  Over the years, she also volunteered in the community for many local organizations.

Lorry’s time with grandchildren Abby (Rutkin) Klein, Eric Rutkin, Sam Rutkin, Maggie (McLaughlin) Kerins and Clare McLaughlin forged lasting memories of love.  More recently, she joyfully welcomed great grandchildren Carson Klein and John Kerins.  

The memorial service for Lorry will be held at Easton Congregational Church, 336 Westport Road, Easton, CT on Saturday, March 2nd at 11 am.  All are welcome to join the family at the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in Lorry’s memory to the Congregational Church of Easton.  To send online condolences please visit


Memorial Service
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Congregational Church of Easton
336 Westport Road
Easton, CT


The Congregational Church of Easton
336 Westport Rd. PO Box 37, Easton CT 06612


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