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Olive ‘Cassie’ Lattimer

SHARON — Olive “Cassie” Lattimer, 102, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2018, at Sharon Health Care.  She was the widow of Eugene “Gene” Lattimer, to whom she was married for 50 years. 

She was highly thought of by all who knew her and she will be missed.

Cassie was born on April 9, 1916, the youngest of nine children. Her parents were Charles Cassartello of Milan, Italy, and Estella A.(Parks) Cassartello of Oakland Valley, N.Y.  She graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from what is now Roger Williams Hospital in affiliation with Yale School of Nursing.

Her first position after graduation was as a Public Health nurse in Providence, R.I., for two years.  She then moved to Hampton, N.H., and was an RN for Phillips Exeter Academy for seven years.  After that she moved to New York City.  

Cassie was an RN for the New York University School of Dentistry in the department for oral surgery; after four years she went to the NYU Department of Pediatrics for 25 years. She worked with Dr. Saul Krugman, a longtime head of pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine and his cousin, Dr. Albert Sabin, a leader in the development of vaccines against measles and rubella.  

Cassie and Dr. Krugman did all the field trials, including at institutions on Staten Island and Long Island.  

Cassie was a member of the Altar Guild for Good Shepherd in Manhattan, a member of the Episcopal Church Women of Manhattan and also a choir member at Good Shepherd; she also belonged to the vestry.  Cassie was a board member of the Bethlehem Day Nursery in New York City.

While living in New York, Cassie and Gene were spending weekends in Sharon.  

Cassie worked at NYU for 30 years and retired when she and Gene moved to Sharon full time.  

She became involved with Christ Church Episcopal and the town of Sharon.  She served on the Boards of the Northwest Connecticut Girl Scout Council, the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau and the vestry of Christ Church Episcopal. She was a board member of OWL (the Older Women’s League)and was director for the Altar Guild of CCE.  She was a past president of the Sharon Woman’s Club and a 42-year member of Taghhannuck Grange No. 100.

A private burial will be held at Carpenter Cemetery in Rumford, R.I.,  in the Cassartello family plot, along with Gene.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, P.O. Box 1778, Sharon, CT 06069; or to the Taghhannuck Grange, 468 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069.