MESA – Carolyn Elaine Raisanen, 70, passed away peacefully July 27, 2013, at her home with her husband, Richard Raisanen, by her side after a battle with cancer.
Born March 11, 1943, in Derby, she was the daughter of Murray and Helen Lewis. Carolyn was raised in Maine but moved to Windham, N.H., with her former husband, Joseph Sangillo, where they raised two children. She worked as the membership secretary at the YMCA in Nashua, N.H., and was a regular member of the choir at the Hudson Baptist Church.
She married Richard Raisanen on Sept. 1, 1989, and moved to Arizona in 1994. Here she made many friends in the cities of Mesa and Apache Junction. A lifelong piano player, she taught herself how to play the organ and played weekly for Crossroads Southern Baptist church. With much of her family in New Hampshire, she and Dick returned every summer in their RV to visit with all of their children and grandchildren.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents; and her brother, Calvin Lewis. She is survived by her husband, Richard Raisanen; two sons, Mark Sangillo of Candia, N.H., and Scott Sangillo of Goffstown, N.H.; four stepchildren, Dick Raisanen of Nashua, N.H., Carol Meedzan of New Ipswhich, N.H., Debra Rotkiewicz of Hollis, N.H., and David Raisanen of Hudson, N.H.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 31, at Monadnock Full Gospel Church, Rindge, N.H. A memorial service for her winter friends in Arizona will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Carolyn Raisanen’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.