In Loving Memory of Delphine Virginia Lasley

October 08, 1931
Detroit, MI
November 25, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Pius X Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
Fairfield CT 06824

Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00am


Lawncroft Cemetery

1740 Black Rock Turnpike,
Fairfield CT 06824

November 29, 2019

Family Gathering


Delphine Virginia Lasley

Delphine Virginia Lasley was born Delphine (Del) Snarski on October 8, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. She lived in many places in her life, including San Diego, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Shreveport, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Villa Hills, Kentucky; Wylie, Texas; and Fairfield, Connecticut.

She was a wonderful mother to five children, grandmother to eight, and great-grandmother to twelve. She loved to cook and bake for her family. No one could do scrambled eggs like hers. She loved Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds, and Christmas. From April through October you could find her watching the Reds and her favorite first baseman Joey Votto, and in November and December the television was turned to the Hallmark Christmas Channel.

She was an amazing bowler into her 70s, and golfed when she was younger. She played bridge and pinochle, and could beat anyone at Scrabble, Dominos, or Yahtzee, and knew the rules to just about every card and board game invented before 1975.

Her children are convinced to this day that she had eyes in the back of her head, and that she was the leader of one of the largest Mom spy rings in the Forest Park/Greenhills area of Cincinnati from 1965-1982. She had the uncanny ability to ferret out the truth from any of her four daughters and one son, and later, her grandchildren.

She could paint, wallpaper, upholster, decorate, and even make beautiful ceramic pieces. She was the consummate hostess with all the requisite serving platters, silver pieces, table linens, and specialty pieces like coffee carafes, nut dishes, china and crystal. She had the ability to sew anything and outfitted her children well into their teenage years, sometimes to their chagrin. She was talented with a crochet hook, and if you were lucky, you received one of her afghans. One of her children even received crocheted shorts. This was a fashion faux pas, which she rarely made, as she loved clothes and shopping, and was always beautifully dressed.

She was the owner of the most storage units over a three-state area. (See love of shopping, above.)

She worked as an administrative assistant and in the hospitality industry and was always loved by her co-workers. People flocked to her warm sense of humor and she befriended several expatriates who were long-term residents at the Marriot Residence Inn in the 1980s. That began a fascination with Indian food, history and culture. She was given a sari by her friends, which she treasured.

She cherished her Catholic faith. She never missed mass until she couldn’t leave home anymore, loved the Blessed Mother and the rosary, sang in her church choir, taught CCD classes, volunteered at her children’s Catholic schools, and made sure that her children showed the proper respect for the church. That included making one daughter write 1,000 times, “Our pope is Pope Paul the Sixth,” when she couldn’t come up with his name fast enough to suit her.

She was always on the lookout for her sister and brothers, her kids, her grandkids, her great-grandkids, and their wellbeing. She said what she thought, whether you wanted to hear it or not. She was there for friends and family whenever they needed her. She loved her many dogs over her life, beginning with Scrappy and ending with Angel. She was funny, and kind, and fierce in the defense of anyone she loved.

She was independent. After her marriage ended, she took care of herself. She never leaned when she could prop someone up. She leaves as her legacy a large family, who knew without a shadow of a doubt that they could count on her, no matter what. The world was a better place with her in it.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10:00am meeting DIRECTLY at the St. Pius X Church Chapel, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield CT 06824 with interment to follow at Lawncroft Cemetery, 1740 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield CT 06825

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  1. To me she was Brown Grandma because of her brown curly hair and boisterous charm. Whether spending time with family in Cinncinati enjoying Skyline chili, teaching her grandchildren to golf or crochet, or simply going for a drive to Devou Park she was always present in the moment. Growing up she visited us in Michigan frequently – sometimes for a quick weekend, other times she stayed longer, like when I was bedridden with leg perthes and she kept me company playing card games, and was the only one skilled enough to sew shorts and pants that could fit over my leg casts. I will cherish the memories I have of her always. Rest easy and know you were loved Brown Grandma.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. The obituary paints a picture of an amazing woman. My love and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs- puf❤️

  3. So sad we can not be with you all. Loads of love to all five of you and those you love! All the family sends you our sympathy!