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“Dear Warren,Keeping you in our thoughts during this difficult time. Vera was a beautiful, kind and loving woman. We have many happy memories of her...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Lynn McGinn - Fredericton, NB

“We are going to miss you in community this summer and all year long . ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Garry Clark - Neighbor

“Warren It is with great sadness that we learned of Vera's passing. It has been a tough battle and you have been by her side through it all....Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Blaine & Marcia Higgs - Friend

“Always a greeting with a smile.....Rest in Peace, Vera...... ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Tittemore - Mahopac, NY

“I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting Vera however, knowing her son Garry, I know she was an amazing women! Sending healing prayers and comforting...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Ginger Hayes - Lakeville, CT

“Warren and family, Our hearts are very heavy with hearing of Vera passing. She was one of the most amazing woman we have ever met! We are praying for...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Paulette Harvey - Pemberton Ridge

“An Angel was called home , her work on Earth was completed ... ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Stuart Silverman - Shrub Oak, NY

“My deepest sympathy. I had the honor of working and eating lunch with Vera at Lakeview for five years. Such a beautiful lady, inside and out. We...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Pat D'Aliso - Mahopac, NY

“I am deeply saddened to have lost my very dear friend. She Battled her illness with class and dignity. She was there for me when i was going through...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Ro Mazzella - FL - Friend

“A beautiful woman who was a role model to us all.....I hope you are with Mama and Pat cooking together. We love you all and thank you for sharing...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Maria-Therese Jeffery - Warwick, NY

“we became so close and shared many happy memories up in Niantic that I will treasure always I will miss you now you are with some other great people ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: JOANNE CAPASSO - danbury, CT


Vera Lavena of Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 6th surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1936 in Udine, Italy, the daughter of Ausilio and Teresa "Gina" (Lovisa) Cainero. On August 30, 1958 she married Warren Lavena in the Bronx; they were married for 58 years. Vera worked as a Secretary to the Principal at Lakeview Elementary in Mahopac for over 20 years.

She was a wife that any man would dream of, and she embodied all of the attributes of a perfect mom. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate, loving, and so much more. She was also an adoring grandmother, who cherished her grandchildren. Vera liked to express her love for others through her cooking. She was a magnificent cook, and if we could ask her now, she would probably say that it was her cooking that made her most proud. And all who knew her, also knew one thing for sure, Vera Lavena certainly had a great sense of style. She was a good neighbor and a good friend, and the prime of her life was spent loving the tree-lined street she lived on. She was a woman, who through her journey as a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a co-worker, and a friend, never lost touch with her sense of self. When she wasn't doting on her family, her favorite activities were walking and hiking. It was her escape. And she relished her time in nature.

She is survived by her husband Warren; her daughter Diana Naughton; her sons Warren(Susan) and Garibaldi(Bernard); her grandchildren Samantha, John, Kyle, and Warren; her brother Anthony(Toni) Cainero and nephews Denis, Robert, and Steven.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Friday, June 9th from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac. Committal services will be held at Ballard Barrett Cemetery in Mahopac Falls.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Vera's name to The American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.