Kirsten Ann SaracenoFebruary 18, 1993 ~ August 12, 2017 (age 24)
Kirsten Saraceno, 24, of Burlington, CT passed away after a courageous and valiant two week fight with a sudden illness. She was the beloved daughter of Tony and Peggy Saraceno and the cherished sister of Kyle. She was a proud graduate of Lewis Mills High School 2011 and Project Search 2016. She loved being a State employee working as housekeeper at UCONN John Dempsey. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, Marylou & Jim White, paternal grandmother Theresa Zysk. Also mourning her are her Aunts and Uncles, Andy and Kathy White, Brad and Sharon White, JR and KariAnn White, Carolyn and Chris Cronkhite, Greg and Glennan Saraceno, Jeff and Carole Saraceno and Nicole Artemisia. She leaves many cousins as well especially Maggie, Will, Amy and Jillian. Kirsten walked to the beat of her own drummer which was fondly known as Kirsten Time. She had a refreshing innocence to life but was also very intuitive and sage. Her passions included acting in her high school plays, singing in chorus through middle school and high school. She passionately described acting as her life and recently completed performances in the Wizard of Oz and SHREK the musical through the Favarh Players and CT Family Theater. Her favorite pastime was eating out and getting Diet Coke and loved her private time with Gram going to Friendly’s after work. She was sought out as a disability advocate speaking at numerous groups as her speech was so eloquent. She loved watching TV, her DVDs and her favorite shows were Pretty Little Liars, game shows and NCIS. She LOVED Zac Efron. She was never found without her iPhone and IPad as she loved music and went to several concerts of her favorite singers. She enjoyed writing screen plays and her ultimate dream was to move to Hollywood and be on TV. Her clever wit with spot on comedic timing and her beautiful smile will be greatly missed. As proof of her desire to be fully independent, she would remind her Dad and Uncle that she was looking for a place to live whenever an apartment became available in the building they own. Her father will miss an excellent first mate who loved fast runs on the water, bouncing over wakes and having her hair blowing around on the family boat, Ludicrous Speed. Her brother Kyle will miss the times when she was asked “Who was the better driver me or Mom?”, where she would say “You are!”, and the occasional speed run that would follow. Her mother will miss her car wingman dinner partner who loved cranking tunes full blast, singing on the tops of our lungs and discussing pretty sunsets-“reaaallllyyy” “Easy Breezy Covergirl”. Kirsten was our family’s wonderful gift and she chose to share her life by generously giving the gift of life to others by donating her organs, corneas and tissues so that others could live on and share in her beautiful bright sparkle. So far three lives have been saved and counting. Her family would like to thank the medical staff of John Dempsey and especially the staff at Hartford Hospital Neurosurgical Trauma ICU C9I for all their efforts.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday August 17, 2017 at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave. Bristol from 5PM until 8PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 18th at 11:30 AM at O’Brien Funeral Home, followed by a procession to St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.
If you so desire memorial contributions can be made to an organization that helped Kirsten meet her best potential –Favarh, 225 Commerce Drive, Canton, CT 06019 to help further people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.