Tracy Ann Jerry-Laraia
June 7, 1958 - June 12, 2018

Tracy Ann Jerry-Laraia, age 60, of Watha, NC and formerly of East Hartford, CT passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at her home.
She was born on June 7, 1958 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late William A. Laraia and Irene F. (Barker) Laraia. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Phillip Busch.

Tracy attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and East Hartford High School in East Hartford, CT. She was employed with Hamilton Standard, Konica/Qualex while in East Hartford and worked most currently for Century Link in NC. She relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1999 to enjoy the easy pace of southern living.

Tracy had a contagious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor that brought joy to those around her. She was a strong, determined woman that was fiercely devoted and protective of her family. She enjoyed the wind in her hair as she rode her Harley Davidson, enjoyed the excitement of Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, SC and doing creative arts and crafts. Most of all she is known for being a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time in the company of her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Kristine Jerry (Bill) and Shantel Johnson (Andy) of NC; son, Ruben W. Torres of NC; Her children’s father, Ruben Torres (Hilda) of CT; three grandchildren, Angel Torres, Tony Johnson and soon to be born Laraia Jorden; sisters, Lorelei Leedy (Ron) of CA and Debra Laraia of CT; very special cousin, Chris Costa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

A celebration of Tracy’s life will be planned and held at a later date in CT. The family wishes to extend their gratitude and thanks to all of the family and friends who have reached out and offered their love an support during this difficult time. Tracy will be missed by many and will live on through her children and grandchildren. We love you and miss you so much Big Mama!


  • Pierrette Cole Posted June 26, 2018 3:34 pm

    My sincere condolences to Kristine and family.

  • Liz Torres Posted June 26, 2018 4:53 pm

    Sleep in Paradise Aunt Tracy

  • Carrie Tuma Posted June 26, 2018 5:25 pm

    TRACEY entered my life right when i needed her the most..i loved her dearly..god bless and i love all of you. Xoxo RIP BIG MAMMA

  • Ángel Torres Posted June 26, 2018 7:00 pm

    I love you Big Mama.

  • Pete Zaikarite Posted June 26, 2018 8:08 pm

    Please except My most heartfelt Condolences at Your time of grief. May You rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord. Tracy. We all Love and miss You so very much.

  • Kim Molina Posted June 26, 2018 11:42 pm

    So very grateful I got to spend bike week with you in Myrtle last month sis. I now know you were putting things into place to connect me & your daughter. Protective mama always & forever 🙂 …..All those years ago we meet on an AOL chat room & who woulda known we would have formed such a bond. Thank you for letting me ride umm “backrest” (I will behave lol) with ya at our AOL camp out & thank you for being a true sistah. My life is forever enriched for having known you in this realm, see ya in the next. Ride Free my sissy love you <3

  • terwilliger Posted June 27, 2018 2:50 pm

    Losing a loved one in death can bring a Lot of pain. Sometime it can be hard to bear. God holds out comfort to you and the family. By means of the Kingdom in the Lord’s Prayer he will bring the dead back to life here on earth to live forever and other blessings. Acts 24:15; Ps 37:11,29; Rev 21:3-5. Would you and the family like to get more comfort? My email is

  • Kathy Posted June 27, 2018 6:12 pm

    So very sorry to hear about your loss. My condolence to you and your family. It will be so wonderful when death is no more. Rev.21:3,4. And see her again on Earth. Acts 24:15 Psalms 37: 11, 29 what a comfort to know that it is nuot God’s fault. Ecc.9:11. And in God’s kingdom, Jesus will bring the dead back to life again on Earth in the future. Isaiah 26:19. Psalms 37:11,29 I am praying for strength beyond normal for you, and comfort for you and your family. My email is: for more comfort all free Kathy !

  • Veronica Baughman Posted June 27, 2018 6:58 pm

    Rest and enjoy racing with the angels. I treasure the memories of our times together. Thanks for always being such a great friend.

  • Debbie Sartori Posted June 28, 2018 11:08 pm

    My condolences to Family, I will miss my friend so very much, Her laughter, her Smile ,her Big Heart

  • Sandy Martin Posted July 3, 2018 1:00 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family, and until we meet again my friend RIP.

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