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Norma White

August 5, 1923 - August 9, 2019

Burial Date August 9, 2019

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Norma Leda (Carradori) White of Tampa, Fl., formerly a resident of New London, Conn., passed away peacefully on August 9, 2019, just four days past her 96th birthday.

Mrs. White was married to her high school sweetheart, Douglass A. White, Sr., on May 2, 1942.  Mr. White predeceased her on September 9, 2001, after 59 years of marriage.

Mrs. White was born in New London on August 5, 1923, daughter of the late Antonio and Leda (Camillucci) Carradori.

Norma was a 1941 graduate of the former Williams Memorial Institute.  After graduation, from 1942 – 1947, she was employed as a secretary at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company when it was located in the Dewart Building on State Street in New London.

Mrs. White was a member of the First Congregational Church in New London, where she served as a Deacon, president of the Women’s Guild, and chairperson of the Stewardship and Music Committees.  She also served on the church’s Capital Fund Drive for a new parish house as well as the church’s 350th anniversary celebration committee in 1992.  She also enjoyed working the Homemade Foods Booth at many church fairs and serving at the church’s chowder luncheons.

Mrs. White was a member of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as a volunteer on the hospital’s information desk for over ten years.

Mrs. White was a former member of the Jolly Squares and Sound-Steppers Square Dance Clubs, and enjoyed line dancing at the Senior Centers in the area.  She was an avid UConn women’s basketball fan.  She traveled extensively with her late husband, Douglass, all across the United States, to Europe and Hawaii as well as cruising in the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska.

During the 1960’s Norma took art lessons at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London under local artist Janet Shafner.  Norma painted still lifes and landscapes during her years at Lyman.  Many of her paintings were displayed proudly on the walls of her beloved New London home on Dart Street where she lived for 64 years.  After her beloved husband’s death in 2001, Norma learned to use the computer provided by her children:  she read The Day newspaper online each day and enjoyed playing Scrabble with the computer.  In 2015 Norma moved to Tampa, where she was welcomed into the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Charles Busk, and continued her active life among her loving family and many new, dear friends.

Mrs. White is survived by three sons:  William D. White and wife, Cynthia, of Naples, Fl.; Alan A. White and wife, Alice, of East Lyme, Conn.; and Douglass A. White, Jr., and wife, Nancy, of The Villages, Fl.; and by one daughter, Suzanne N. Busk and husband, Charles, of Tampa, Fl.  Other survivors include six grandchildren:  Anthony White, Sarah White (Jen Lano), Ryan White (Jessica), Jonathan White (Stephanie), Matthew White, and Corey Dantimo; and by three great-grandchildren: Quentin, Maeve, and Phillip.  Also surviving are a niece, Dawn Boch (Doug), a nephew, Robert Eldridge (Lin Feng), two grand-nieces, Kelsey and Marisa Boch, several cousins, and a special friend, Sherry White.  Norma was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Alma and Frank Ruggiero.

Funeral services and interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made in memory and celebration of Norma’s life to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital c/o Office of Development, 365 Montauk Avenue, New London, Conn., 06320; or to Friends of Harkness Memorial State Park, Inc., Box 10, Waterford, Conn., 06385.


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