Mary E. Rae


NAUGATUCK — Mary E. (Torlai) Rae, 66, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

Mary was born in Arlington, Mass., on Sept. 6, 1956, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Coveney) Torlai. She had been a Naugatuck resident for the past 30 years. Mary graduated from Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, and worked as a nurse for the state of Connecticut, retiring after 30 years of service.

Mary was a communicant of St. Peter Church of the St. John Paul the Great Parish, Torrington. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, cooking, going to concerts, and trips to the beach. Mary had a great love for her family and enjoyed weekly family dinners with them.

Survivors include a grandson, Michael J. Rae of Naugatuck; two brothers, James A. Torlai of Naugatuck, and David R. Torlai and his wife Jane-Marie, of Torrington; a sister, Debra A. Torlai of Torrington; a daughter-in-law, Loreville Rae of Waterbury; a nephew Stephen Torlai, and nieces Katherine and Jacqueline Torlai of Torrington; as well as several cousins.

Mary was predeceased by her son, Wayne A. Rae Jr.; her brother, Michael J. Torlai; and husband Edwin E. Drew Jr.

Funeral services were to be Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 10 a.m. from Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, 258 Prospect St., Torrington, to St. Peter Church, 107 E. Main St., Torrington, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial was to follow in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. Friends were to call Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 (

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