Catherine R. “Kay” (Cerrone) Lemerise, 103, of Auburn and Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 with her loving son, Gary, at her side.
She was born and raised in Worcester daughter of the late Antonio and Teresa (Marcoccio) Cerrone. Kay lived in Worcester for many years before moving to Auburn in 1952 where she and her husband raised their two sons.
During World War II, Kay had worked at Norton Company. She later worked for thirteen years at the former Yankee Drummer Inn and retired from T.J. Maxx in Auburn after fourteen years of service to that company.
While Kay lived in Auburn, she was a member of Saint Joseph’s Church and its former Women’s League. She also was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Lighthouse Point, FL. While her husband was living, Kay was an active member of the Cherry Valley American Legion Auxiliary #443 and the Disabled American Veteran’s Auxiliary #4. She also loved being on the former Auburn Knights of Columbus Bowling team with Arthur.
She spent the snowy winters in Florida and the beautiful summers boating with her son Gary on Webster Lake in Webster, MA since 1993. Kay enjoyed playing bingo and cards with her friends, and loved watching the Red Sox and Patriots games.
Kay’s beloved husband of 45 years, Arthur A. Lemerise, died in 1992. She leaves her loving son and caretaker, Gary A. Lemerise, of Lighthouse Point, FL; three grandchildren, Shawn M. Lemerise and his wife Reka Salgunan, of Ardsley, NY, Mark R. Lemerise and his husband Morgan Suckow, of NYC, and Sarah A. Lemerise, of Boston; two great-grandchildren, Kiran and Karthik Lemerise, of Ardsley, NY; a sister, Natalie Aspero, of Shrewsbury; her sisters-in-law, Janet and Anna Cerrone, to whom she remained very close; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides her husband Arthur, Catherine was also predeceased by a son, Dennis R. Lemerise, in 2009; her daughter-in-law, Patty Lemerise, in 1998; two brothers, Albert and Anthony Cerrone; and two sisters, Mary Breault and Helen Tyan.
Her family would like to thank the many doctors over the years who cared for Kay, as well as to thank the VITAS Hospice Team, the caregivers who work for them, and, especially, to Emma and Priscylla for their loving care.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Kay’s family on
Friday, February 18, 2022 from 4 – 7 PM at the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 10 AM in Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North, Auburn. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Disabled American Veteran’s Association (www.dav.org).