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In Loving Memory of Alyssa Catherine Graham
Alyssa Graham, 34, daughter of Kenneth Graham and Denise (DiPinto) Graham, formerly of Vernon, Connecticut, passed into the care of Our Heavenly Father on Monday, July 9th in Brockton, Massachusetts. In addition to her parents, Alyssa leaves her loving sisters, Sarah (Graham) Null and Meghan (Graham) Maini, and their husbands Alex Null and Addy Maini, respectively, along with her nephew A.J. Null, her niece and goddaughter Riley Null, her grandmother Pauline DiPinto and Pauline’s companion of many years, Don Hettrick, her stepmother Anne, her stepbrother, Chris Callahan and his wife Chrissy Callahan, and her stepsister, Katie Callahan. Alyssa also leaves numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Joseph DiPinto, Sr., of Vernon, Connecticut, and her paternal grandparents, Bertram and Adele Graham, of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Alyssa earned her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She was employed by State Street Global Advisors where she held the position of Assistant Vice President. She was an avid fan of UConn basketball as well as all Boston professional sports. Alyssa spent much of her free time watching and/or attending sporting events. Her personal passions included family, children, and animals. During her short life, she was responsible for rescuing many dogs and cats, making the world a better place for animals and their adoptive parents. At the time of her death, Alyssa was a rescue mother to both a cat, Bella, and a dog, Brooks. Many of the rescued animals that preceded her in death are surely finding great comfort in having Alyssa with them once again, in heaven.
Alyssa cared deeply about helping others. An example of her extreme compassion was her choice to be an organ donor. Thanks to her selfless giving, six other people now have the chance to live healthier and fuller lives. Her family knows that the spirit she showed others, coupled with the love she shared, will live on within each of them.
Words cannot express the grief and sadness Alyssa’s untimely passing has had on her family and all those who knew and loved her. She has left an indelible mark on our hearts.
The family will hold a private Celebration of Life Memorial for Alyssa. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alyssa’s honor may be sent to Survival Tales Animal Rescue via www.survivortails.org or www.facebook.com/survivortails.