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Richard “Dick” Lauriello, 90

February 16, 2021

Richard “Dick” Lauriello, 90, died Feb. 16, peacefully at home.

Born in Philadelphia on June 14, 1930, he was the son of Anthony and Anna (DiLullo) Lauriello. He was the husband of Anne with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage on Jan. 24.

Richard attended St. Rita’s Parochial School and LaSalle College High School and LaSalle College in Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 and served during the Korean War.

After working with his father as a tile setter and helping in the family’s hardware store at 17th and Ritner streets, Richard began a career in sales, eventually in the manufactured housing business. He advanced to sales manager, then to plant manager, then to vice president. He served as extraordinary minister and adult server for funeral Masses at St. John Neumann Church where he was a member for 43 years. He attained certification as a catechist for the Diocese of Harrisburg and was RCIA session leader for 24 years. He also delivered communion to Regional Hospital patients and cooked community meals at St. Mary’s Church.

Whenever asked how he was, the answer was always the same “Life is good.” He was a gourmet cook, avid reader and history buff. He was a true patriot who honored God, country and the Constitution. He often reminisced about his colorful life growing up in his South Philadelphia neighborhood. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, deep love of family and abiding integrity in all things.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and daughters Maria Elena Donahue and Donna (Lon) Walker, both of Lancaster PA, sons Richard A. Lauriello Jr. of Pompano Beach FL, Steven (Kym) of Harleysville PA, Mark (Sharon) of Columbia PA, Robert (Christine) of Dillsburg PA, his brother Raymond (Chris) of Cape May Courthouse, NJ, and grandchildren Danielle (Andrew) Komito, Carly Lauriello, Richard Walker, Samantha Jo Lauriello, Julia Donahue, Katherine and Timothy Lauriello. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister Mary Greider.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 20, with visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. There’s limited attendance available at the church. Masks and social distancing requested. The Mass will be live streamed (sjnlancaster.org) and we encourage this, especially for those who must travel. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster 17604 or, because of Richard’s belief in Catholic education, to St. John Neumann Catholic School, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, 17601.

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February 22, 2021

Dear Anne, M.E., Julia and all of Dick’s beloved family, We want to offer our sincere condolences to each of you. Dick was such a good man, a faithful Catholic and an amazing example to others of selflessness. He always greeted us with his beautiful smile of authenticity. As so accurately stated, when asked how he was doing, he never complained, rather always replied “Life is good” – never focusing on himself but always on the other. He will truly be missed by us and the entire St. John Neumann community, most especially his “daily Mass” family who witnessed him and Anne, side by side, for many years every day of the week. Their life together was a true example to follow. Life isn’t always easy – it’s often very difficult – but Dick knew, as does Anne, that with Jesus as your Lord and Savior, Life IS Good when you put God and others first. JOY = Jesus Others You. Dick knew how to make it that way for all. May he rest in the eternal peace that he, and we, so ardently believed awaited him. We pray for all of you. Sincerely, Joe and Mary McCafferty

February 21, 2021

Anne and Family … I so admired Dick for his faith and, beyond that, his person.  He always, and I mean always, greeted me with a most friendly smile, warm handshake and kind word.  I do know that on some days he was feeling less than well.  But, that didn’t deter him from his usual greeting. That action speaks to my point.  I was in awe of his spiritual knoweledge and wisdom.  He was quite a man to be admired.  I participated in his funeral Mass on-line.  I so welcomed Decon Pete Jupin’s comments as well as those of the family member.  My eyes were moist during each of these.  May you be comforted by joy filled memories of your times together.  I will try to do the same.
Herm Ramig

February 21, 2021

Dear Anne,so sorry  to hear of Richard’s passing.Always enjoyed his joyful spirit and conversation and blessed to see the 2 of you at daily Mass thru the years..God bless you and your family thru this time.Sincerely,maureen fitzgerald(SJN parishioner)

February 21, 2021

Anne, Thinking of you, praying for you, and your family and remembering a life well–lived.
Praying you’ll find comfort knowing that Dick is home now‚ free … at peace in the presence of God. 
Sam Girard

February 20, 2021

Dear Anne,
It was such a surprise, reading about Dick’s recent passing. In this time of COVID, we have become so disconnected that events like this catch us off guard. I will always cherish and remember fondly the time we spent together in RCIA instructional classes. Joann and I would always look for both of you in church, but we have been streaming mass for so many months now that we lost touch. Dick was clearly a man of God and I know that he is with him now. May God watch over you and your family in this difficult time. 
Michael Carper

February 20, 2021

Steve, your father sounded like a great family man and community member.  He will be missed by both his family and the community he served.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan & Patricia Lista

February 20, 2021

Dear Anne & family it is with great sorrow that I offer my sincere condolences & prayers during  this very difficult time.
I thank Marie Elena for her information about Live Stream which enabled me to be a part of Dicks funereal today.
Your sons eulogy touched my heart.
God Bless you all.
Mary Ann Blundi

February 20, 2021

Dear Anne,
We are so sorry to read of Dick’s passing. We didn’t know Dick well but could tell he lived a beautiful Christian life. You are in our prayers.
Hal and Sherrie Erisman

February 20, 2021

Dear Aunt Anne and Family, We are sorry to hear of Uncle Dick’s passing, although we are unable to be with you during these difficult times, there are not enough words to express our condolences to you all. It was apparent to me that Uncle Dick expressed an abundance of class.  We believe that he is in heaven.  May God bless you and all my cousins. Love always, Cousins Anthony and Mary Ann

February 20, 2021

Anne, we are so sorry for your loss.  We will always remember how kind your husband (and you) was to us during our RCIA journey.  You and your family are in our prayers.
Sue Sensenig 

February 19, 2021

Dear Ann, Just founf out today that Dick had passed away. Cannot say it was a big shock because we are all in that period of our life when we are losing great people right and left. Dick was one of those. We had some wonderful meetings with Scott Rudy (another great man) Sister Helen ( a great woman) preparing for RCIA meetings, Sunday readings with the candidates, then the general meetings where Dick gave one of the best presentations on the Eucharist I had ever heard.  You were a really great part of all those meetings too. Jo Ann has parkinsons and is always in danger of falling so she is at home here most of th time. I still work part time but we are enjoying our life together. Thought we were doing good with 54 years together but you and Dick! 68 years! Hope to see you in the morning. Much love and “Pelligrini” Denny and Jo Ann McMahon.  

February 19, 2021

Dear Ann, my heart is sad to hear of Dick’s passing. It was always such a pleasure to see the two of you together at mass, always so nice to talk to you. My heart goes out to you in this time of sadness Ann. May you find comfort and peace in the Lord and in your family. 
Sincerely……Donna Petrick

February 19, 2021

Dear Aunt Anne and Family, 
We are so sorry to here about Uncle Dick. He was a great man, and you all should be proud to call him Husband and Dad. I have always looked up to him as a great roll model through out my life. He taught me to be honest and forthright. I loved talking to him one on one it was always a learning experience. I’m sure he will be missed by all he came in contact with. May god bless you during this difficult time. We love you all!
Michael & Sharon

February 19, 2021

Dear Ann, it was with sadness with learned of Dick’s death.  Our sympathy to you and the family.  Tony and I always enjoyed chatting with Dick at church.  Our favorite topic was Samantha.  We shall keep you in our prayers, hoping to see you someday.  God Bless You and your family.  Tony and Jaye Grochowski

February 19, 2021

Dear Ann,
    Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He will surely be missed by all. We remember our times at RCIA with both of you. God Bless 
Love Ron and Carrie james

February 19, 2021

Dear Aunt Anne and Family,
We are so thankful to have shared such wonderful memories with Uncle Dick. We hope we can celebrate the life he lived, remembering the good times we’ve shared. We will miss him dearly. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time and will keep all of you in our prayers. Love you!!!
Tina and Jim

February 19, 2021

Zing,
Sorry to hear of your loss, my brother! It looks like you you are a chip off the old block! I will keep your family in my thoughts & prayers!
Patrick Burke

February 19, 2021

My Dear Godfather,
With all your prayers, my Brady made it to seventeen years.  His BD was the 15th and God called you home on the 16th.  Thank you for always thinking of him.  Your positive attitude will live in me throughout my life.  I was blessed to have you in my life.  Keep those prayers coming Brady’s way.  Love to you and can not forget my mom.  
The Booper

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