Obituary of Lauretta Karen Kavanagh
Lauretta Karen Kavanagh, of Slidell, Louisiana, left us on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Slidell Memorial Hospital surrounded by close family at the age of 76. Lauretta was born November 18, 1943 in New York to her loving parents, Elenor and Francis Kavanagh. She was named after her aunt Lauretta Hadfield Palmer. She attended New Hyde Park Memorial High School in New York and happily reconnected with many of her classmates over the years on Facebook. After high school, Lauretta had her first son on November 21, 1965, and she named him David Sean. Soon after, she unfortunately gave him up for adoption due to pressures of the times in the 60’s being a single mother. It was the most painful moment in her life but things would change 37 year later. She later married Frank Forgione in her 20’s and had her next son named Chris Forgione in 1970, followed by her last son Adam Forgione in 1973. Her life completed on February 10, 2003 when when Lauretta received the happiest phone call of her life from her first son, now named Bill Puttick. On February 15, 2003, Lauretta met her first born child after losing him 37 years before. This was the happiest day of her life. What made her even happier was to witness the meeting of all her sons with her in one place.
For those who know Lauretta through the years, they will tell you that she was a talker and she knew it. She loved to talk about everything. She would invite strangers into her heart and home and insist they hang out to eat the food she had just cooked. She was in love with cooking and always experimented with dishes. In early 2000’s, soon after her re-uniting with her son Billy and her divorce from her husband Frank, she decided to move to Louisiana to be near her sister, nieces, and other family. Although she did not want to leave New York, she simply could not afford New York taxes as she was getting older. During the almost 20 years of living down south, she found another extension of her family to add, the Mormon Church. She made friends with her sweetish weaving group, whom she talked about so much. She would make blankets to send to her grandchildren. She donated her time at the Bishop’s Storehouse where she helped prepare food for the needy and built a network of loving friendships within the church. Occasionally, she would share her excitement of gambling on the casino boats with her friends and family. One thing that she spent a lot of time doing was researching ancestry. She spoke about this all the time and discovered many connections and mysteries within her family history. The work she did to connect her ancestors can now continue to grow from where she left off. Maybe this was her true gift to her heirs, to connect us all. Lauretta was survived by, and the proud mother, of Bill Puttick, Chris Forgione, and Adam Forgione and grandmother of Alexandria, Christopher Jr., Amanda, and Madison.
Her wishes were to be cremated and have her remains spread out into the ocean one day. A memorial service will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Tammany Parish, located at 112 Rue Esplanade, Slidell, LA 70461 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Due to Covid restrictions, masks are required. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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