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Lorraine Boccio Dies at 60

Volunteer helped veterans, families of Sept. 11 victims.

Lorraine Boccio, whose volunteerism and many contributions earned her official recognition but primarily the love of many in the Huntington Station community, died Friday morning. She was 60 years old and had suffered from pancreatic cancer.

Boccio, who worked at the former Waldbaum’s supermarket on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, began organizing fundraisers, tributes, veterans’ events and community service projects after the Sept. 11 attacks.  

She called the homes of attack victims to offer condolences and to explain that she wanted to do something for the children left behind. She collected money at Waldbaum's by setting out cups at the registers. She made announcements while people shopped to encourage them to donate. She posted pictures and stories about the victims on the store's bulletin board. The effort collected more than $4,000. Customers checking out of the store saw regular updates of packages sent to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In February 2011, she was named Legislative District 17’s 2011 Woman of Distinction by Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station).   He surprised Boccio by presenting her with a proclamation at Waldbaums in Huntington Station where she was the lead customer service representative. She went on to be named Suffolk County Woman of Distinction for 2011, the unanimous choice of  the Suffolk County Woman’s Advisory Commission.

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Shortly after Boccio was diagnosed with cancer, her friend Mary Beth Steenson Kraese said, "Not only does she give of herself but she teaches others and encourages them to give," she said. "She is an inspiration to all in the community, and has helped many local kids fulfill their community service requirements for school and scouts."

This weekend, Kraese said, "I will never forget the way she made everyone in the community get involved, even the shy and quiet ones... and their love for Lorraine knowing all she has done for the community... She will always be a special part of my of my life and Everyone who knew her are better people for knowing her."

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday and Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc., Huntington Station.

Her funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Huntington Station.

Jeanne Murphy contributed to this story.

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Sharon Collins October 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
God Bless You Lorraine and your Family, you were a Angel on Earth for so many. Rest In Peace, Im sure the Military Service Men in Heaven are at the Gates giving you the Biggest Welcome Heaven has ever seen.
Amy October 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. What a truly sad loss. May you rest in peace Lorraine.
Jim R. October 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
It's amazing when people just do things for others out of the goodness of their heart. The world needs more people like her.
Jeff October 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The good really do die young! RIP!
Wendy Heid October 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
So very sad. Lorraine was an amazing woman who was an inspiration to all. She will truely be missed. RIP Lorraine
Ian Hamilton October 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Lorraine. Our prayers are with you. From all at Little Saint Religious Goods.
Jeanne Murphy October 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
When I interviewed Lorraine for Huntington Patch last year, I was touched by how she still was only concerned about others. Even in the face of her own diagnosis. I ended our conversation by asking her what her holiday wish was. Here is the final paragraph from the column... "I know everyone is busy and has their own concerns," Boccio said. "But when you hear of something going on in your community, just do one small thing. Do whatever you want to do, but just do something."
denise sebesta October 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Lorraine you are such a special soul, you taught me and so many others countless lessons. You helped so many people, near and far, and never expected anything in return. In my own experience you showed me that people really can all work together for the same cause and really make a difference. You taught my son, who was very shy at the time, to speak in public. He learned that his thoughts mattered. From all of your acts of kindness, he also learned that people you may never meet need help, recognition, and support. He has learned countless things from you, that I never could of taught him. I believe that you gave him self-confidence and the inspiration to be himself. He is in college interested in becoming exactly what you thought he could be. Hopefully he will make difference one day, and you made that possible.You will be missed so very much on this earth but we have what you taught us. I know the heavens welcomed you with open arms and now we can only try to make you proud. We love and miss you. To the Boccio family, you have our deepest sympathy. My deepest sympothys go out to the Boccio family.
Fran Wilder October 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
A Lady who will be missed by all who's lives were touched by her specal smile let alone for all she did!! Prayers and Sympathy for those who will miss her~an angel working for us in heaven now!
christine vela October 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
awe i remember her being such a nice lady at the supermarket im so so sorry!

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