In Loving Memory of Laurie M. Mitchell

December 18, 1971
Bridgeport, CT
September 05, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Memorial Mass

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:00 a.m.


Oaklawn Cemetery (Private)

No date included.

Family Gathering


The Connecticut Challenge

250 Pequot Avenue,
CT 06890

Smilow Cancer Center

35 Park Street,
New Haven,
CT 06511

Laurie Marie Mitchell

Laurie Marie Mitchell, 46, of Fairfield, CT, passed away September 5th, surrounded by loved ones, after a two-year battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Fairfield, she was born in Bridgeport, CT, on December 18, 1971, and relished her many years living on Fairfield Beach with her family. She graduated from Fairfield High School and attended Fairfield University. For more than a decade, Laurie worked at Landmark Financial Group, Southport, CT, in client and public relations. As a young woman Laurie was a gifted and accomplished dancer. She began her dancing career at Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret Theater, and studied with Luigi, the Father-of-Jazz, at Carnegie Hall. With great skill and inspiration, Laurie performed on many stages and toured the country in the musical production “Damn Yankees”. Yoga and gardening provided peace and balance in her life. Laurie had a keen eye and sense of style, which she wove into her life through fashion and interior design. She loved to travel, especially on ski trips to Stowe, VT, with her husband, Lorne Mitchell, her son, Rhys Schaper, and Mr. Biggs, their loveable Tibetan mastiff. Laurie had many friends, and the unbreakable bond she shared with her mother and sisters sustained her in good times and bad. In addition to her cherished son Rhys and husband Lorne, Laurie is survived by her devoted mother, Karen Anthony; her sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Keith Dalling; her sister, Corinne Vizzo-Ganim; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leslie and Daphne Mitchell; sister-in-law Heather Mitchell. “Auntie Laurie” will be sadly missed by her loving nieces and nephews as well as, many adoring relatives. She is predeceased by her father, Louis Vizzo, and her beloved stepfather, Richard Anthony. A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Thomas Church in Fairfield, Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 11:00 AM. She will be buried in a private ceremony at Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Laurie Marie Mitchell may be made to The Connecticut Challenge and Smilow Cancer Center.

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11 Guestbook Entries for Laurie Marie Mitchell

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss of Laurie, your beautiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and friend!
    I met Laurie at our mutual friend’s Chrissy & JD’s house and was always fond of her. I know Chrissy and Laurie had a special friendship! I will continue to pray for Laurie in Heaven and her family and friends here with us. With Deepest Sympathy!

  2. Dear Laurie: We are so sorry you had to leave. So glad we got to visit with you. You are very special and will surely be missed by everyone you touched. Our consolation is knowing that you are in a much better place, pain-free, and happy to be reunited with others. We love you and will miss you but will see you again someday.

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. I will keep your family in my prayers, Lorne. May God’s peace be with you and you all find strength to get through these most difficult days.

  4. I hadn’t seen Laurie in many years, but memories remain of a fun, kind-hearted person with a gifted artistic talent for dance and fashion. God bless her beautiful soul. My deepest condolences to her entire family…. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you.

  5. Dear Mitchell Family:
    I would like to offer my condolences to the family. Nothing can prepare us for the loss of a loved one. When we lose a family member or a close friend to death, our pain and grief can be unbearable. There is nothing we can do to bring that person back to life. Where can we turn for comfort? The best place we can turn to for comforting words is the Bible. At 2 Corinthians chapter 1 and verses 3 and 4, the Bible tells us that God is the God of all comfort, and he comforts us in all of our tribulations, so we in turn can comfort others. This scripture makes it very clear that God knows the pain that we are facing when we lose a loved one, and he wants us to be comforted. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. To Laura’s family ,
    I am so very sorry for your tragic loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I know words may do little to ease the pain of losing someone you love, but I wanted to share a thought with you that helped me through my own experience. John 5:28,29 speaks of a wonderful prospect to look forward to that will take place here on earth. I hope you too find the comfort you need to continue to endure.

  7. I hadn’t seen Laurie in years, but I can feel her kindness and hear her dear voice still. My deepest condolences to her family.

  8. I will never forget the kindness Laurie and Rhys showered upon my late mom Evelyn, and my beloved brother Joe .
    My mom’s eyes lit up every time Laurie and Karen would bring Rhys to visit her in her in the assisted living home. Mom always remarked on what a wonderful young gentleman Laurie had raised. When Karen, Laurie, and Rhys visited, her entire outlook on life changed for the better.
    I am so sorry for your loss, and cannot imagine the grief that your entire family is enduring.
    I have been out of touch for several years, due to my own personal needs, as I recover from my own family losses. I hope that Laurie meets Mom, Richard, and Joe in heaven. The stories that they have to tell are priceless. My love to all,
    Linda Oropal Hayduk

  9. Our condolences to the family at this difficult time. You all have had to bear so much in such a short time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Heather and the entire family. May you find comfort in each other and in the many beautiful memories you share