October 5, 1914 - February 8, 2019
Irene Stavola, DeLisa, 104, of Wethersfield passed away peacefully on February 7, 2019. Born in Hartford, October 5, 1914, daughter of Amelia & Salvatore DeMarco. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by “the love of my life”, husband of 52 years, Jules, her sister Mary Gentile, brothers Louis Ottavi & Joseph DeMarco and husband of 17 years, John DeLisa. Irene & Jules owned & operated Columbia Cleaners on Maple Avenue in Hartford & the Wethersfield shopping center until their retirement in 1977. She was a communicant & choir member for 75 years at St. Luke’s church in Hartford. Irene was a founding member & chorus singer for over 42 years in the Connecticut Opera Association, performing in operas at the Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford. At the conclusion of many rehearsals and performances, chorus members, stars including Beverly Sills and Luciano Pavarotti would be invited to her home for home cooked Italian meals. For many years, Irene & Jules were also active members in the Wethersfield Cove Yacht club, hosting annual Lobster cookouts at their cottage at White Sands Beach, Old Lyme. Irene loved, sang & danced and “lived her life to the fullest” Irene leaves her three children, especially Juliette Sweeney, who was dedicated to her care, sons Jacques Stavola (Terri), Jerry Stavola (Ann Marie), Grandchildren Michael Sweeney (fiance’ Tammy Brookbanks), Daniel Sweeney (Stacey), Michelle DaCosta (Luis), John Stavola (Katie). Great grandchildren Samantha Keating (Charlie). Jessica Sweeney, Elizabeth Stavola, Catherine Stavola (fiance’ Pete Giuliano), Philip DaCosta (fiance’ Kristin Cardinal) Andrew DaCosta, Marlin Stavola, sister-in-law Jeanne DeMarco of California and many nieces, nephews & caring friends. The family would like to express their thanks & appreciation to the staff, for their care & attending to her needs while at Bel-Air Manor in Newington. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday (February 13, 2019) at 11 AM in the Rose Hill Funeral Home, 580 Elm St. Rocky Hill. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. there will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 AM just prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please donate to St Jude’s Children's Research Hospital. 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN. 38105. For online guestbook please visit www.rosehillfuneralhomes.com.
Irene Stavola, DeLisa, 104, of Wethersfield passed away peacefully on February 7, 2019. Born in Hartford, October 5, 1914, daughter of Amelia & Salvatore DeMarco. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by “the love of my life”,... View Obituary & Service Information
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