Elizabeth Simpson's Story
Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson Lasch, formerly of New Britain, Conn., passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 11, with her family by her side in Ocala, Fla., where she resided since 1986.
Elizabeth was born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Falmouth, Va. She was a graduate of Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md. After graduation, she served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Nurses Corps., during World War II. She worked as an OR nurse providing operating room assistance in field hospitals in England to soldiers wounded in combat, using the "experimental" drug at that time, penicillin. This included the care and treatment of soldiers wounded during the D-Day invasion. She met her husband, Dr. Henry R. Lasch, Jr., in England during that time, and they were married July 2, 1945. They sailed back home on the Queen Elizabeth, and on every anniversary would raise a toast to each other with champagne glasses from the ship, until Henry passed away in 1990.
She was on the Board of the Auxiliary of New Britain General Hospital, now the Hospital of Central Connecticut, for 20 years and chaired many of their functions, including the annual Chrysanthemum Ball. She was also a corporator of New Britain General Hospital.
She was a member of the D.A.R., the Memorial Hospital and Salvation Army auxiliaries along with the National Organization of WWII Nurses.
She was a longtime member of Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn., and a member of Silver Spring Shores Country Club in Ocala. She was an avid golfer, playing well into her 80s.
Survivors include two sons, Henry R. Lasch III (June) of Vancouver, Wash., and Dr. Alan H. Lasch (Moira) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two daughters, Susan E. Lasch (Anton) of Amesbury, Mass., and Deborah A. Upright of Ocala, Fla. She was the grandmother of Henry R. Lasch IV, Mathew Lasch and Michael Upright and was predeceased by two grandchildren, Paul Scotella and Timothy Upright. She leaves four great-grandchildren, Tori, Ellie and Tyler Lasch and Adam Upright.
Funeral services with graveside military honors were held in New Britain, Conn.