Carol Lassonde, Associate, was a member of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York since November 4, 1989 when she took her Associate Commitment until her passing on July 5, 2014.
Carol grew up in Queens and in 1959, following high school graduation, entered the Congregation de Notre Dame. She was a member for seven years, and upon leaving, she married, moved to Blooming Grove in 1969, and raised two children. Her first contact with the Blauvelt sisters was enrollment in Dominican College to complete her education; Carol received a BA in English in 1981. In March of 1982, her husband, Bob, died suddenly, and Carol began working as an insurance adjuster to carry on his business. The next few years Carol moved through various secretarial and administrative positions including fifteen years as an administrative assistant at Abbott House in Irvington which served abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families. While raising her children, she volunteered with many of their activities.
Her experience with the Dominicans was unlike any she had previously had with other communities. She was so impressed by their humanity, compassion, charity and openness, and by their deep, humble spirituality. “Despite a reluctance on my part, I had to admit to myself that they had what I wanted and needed. They were strong women standing proudly for the rights of others and working tirelessly, always believing in the dignity and value of individuals and families. I shared their values and social concerns and my spirit ‘connected’ with them. “ While a student at Dominican, Carol met Sr. Miriam Catherine and their friendship lasted over the years. As the Associate Program developed, Sr. Miriam invited Carol to join, and she made her commitment 25 years ago in 1989. She served as a Eucharistic Minister and lector in St. Anastasia Parish in Harriman, NY, and completed a three-year course of study at the NY Archdiocesan Center for Spiritual Development. She also served on the Associate Team. Carol moved to Yonkers in 1994. In 2000 she moved to North Carolina and missed her close connection to Blauvelt, but continued her study and prayer. Carol’s concern for the poor and for the rights of others became even stronger. These concerns were addressed through her work for voter registration and hospital and literacy programs. A member of Garden Club she also enjoyed boating and fishing. Carol is survived by husband Mauro Mazza; son Robert, daughter Jennifer, and a grandson.