September 28, 1925 ~ December 16, 2022

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Alma M. Esposito, 97, of Hamden, CT, loving wife of the late Joseph Esposito, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2022. Born in New Haven on September 28, 1925, a daughter of the late Rafael and Antoinetta Navaretta Affinito of Italian descent, Alma spent her early days enjoying Savin Rock Amusement, shopping in downtown New Haven and playing the clarinet in the Commerical High School band. Her sense of fashion followed her throughout life, always dressing for the day reminding those around her of the glamour of the big band era, which she so loved. Alma briefly worked in medical records at Saint Raphael Hospital before starting her family, to which she dedicated her life. Alma loved to keep a clean house, and found joy in wedge heels, dogs, and keeping updated with family and friends.
Alma is survived by her daughter Sharon Dlesk (Richard) and son Dennis Esposito (Debra), of whom she was most proud. She is also survived by nieces, more like second daughters, Lisa Neun and Judy Thibault in addition to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Besides her beloved husband Joseph, she was predeceased by her brother Louis Affinito and sister Valia Fusco, both of whom she remained close with through their lives.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on January 4, 2023 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 70 Washington Ave., New Haven. Please meet directly at church. Entombment will follow in St. Lawrence Mausoleum.

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Mass of Christian Burial: January 4, 2023 11:00 am

St. Anthony Church
70 Washington Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519


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  1. Hi Sharon and Esposito family. So very sorry for the loss of your mother. Sounds like she was a wonderful person. My sincere condolences.///Mike Devine///

  2. Sharon and Richard
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom and mom-in-law. You are both in my thoughts.
    Bud

  3. I will always miss our spirited fun conversations. Alma was full of life, spunk and energy. We never had a dull moment together and my family will miss her dearly.

    • Ricky you truly had a luxury room in her heart. You were a wonderful grandson to her.
      She looked forward to all your visits— and still will.

  4. Ms Sharon

    So very sorry for your loss. We have you and your family lifted up in prayer! God NEVER gives us more than we can handle!

  5. Sharon, our heart goes out to you, Richard, and the Esposito family in this time of sorrow. I would like to have known Alma. I have no doubt you were a bright light for her as you are for all of us who know you. May her warmest memories live in your heart.

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