Lau­ren Way

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Gris­wold — Lau­ren El­iz­a­beth Way, 58, of Gris­wold, passed peace­fully on April 14. 2018, fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with the rav­aging ef­fects of di­a­betes. She will be dearly missed. Born in Un­casville on Sept. 3, 1959, she was the daugh­ter of El­iz­a­beth (Ham­lin) and the late Carol Ack­les. Lau­ren grad­u­ated from St. Bernard High School in Un­casville.

She was first and fore­most a car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate mother and grand­mother. Her work­ing ca­reer was spent in ser­vice to those less for­tu­nate, most re­cently re­tir­ing due to ill­ness last year from the South­east­ern De­part­ment of Men­tal Health.

Lau­ren mar­ried her hus­band and part­ner of more than 40 years. Steven E. Way who sur­vives her, on Aug. 16, 1980. Lau­ren, or “Mama Pooh” to her fam­ily, was a de­voted mother and ador­ing grand­mother. She is sur­vived by her son Jef­frey and his wife Kelly and their twins, Austin and Dy­lan, of West­erly; her son Ni­cholas and his wife Chris­tine and their sons, Jasper and Kil­ian, of York­town, Va.; her daugh­ter Stephanie Romero and her hus­band Michael and their daugh­ter, Is­abella, of Gris­wold.

Also sur­viv­ing Lau­ren are her niece Amanda Pink of New Lon­don, her mother El­iz­a­beth Ack­les of Un­casville, her sis­ter Kerry Young of Un­casville, her brother David Ack­les and sis­ter-in-law Cindy of Un­casville, her sis­ter Vir­ginia Zan­jani and broth­erin-law Mustafa of Pre­ston, her sis­ter-in-law Robin Ack­les of Nor­wich, and dozens of nieces and neph­ews.

She is pre­de­ceased by her brother Stephen Ack­les, sis­ter Ju­dith Bo­jarski, and brother Kevin Ack­les.

In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider do­na­tions to a med­i­cal re­search char­ity in Lau­ren’s mem­ory. In ac­cor­dance with Lau­ren’s wishes, ser­vices will be a pri­vate event, with a cel­e­bra­tion of life to be held in her honor at a later date.

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