Belle (Cease) Polino Murray, age 86, passed away on August 6, 2014. Belle was born in New Haven on September 6, 1927, the daughter of the late Louis & Fannie Cutler Cease and step-daughter of the late Gertrude Cease. She was formerly of West Haven, Guilford, and lived the last 13 years in Hamden. She was predeceased by her beloved husbands, Thomas Polino and Richard Gordon Murray. Belle was the loving mother of Pamela Gershman & her husband Ronald of Hamden, CT, Frances Polino of NYC, NY, and Kenneth Polino & his wife Cindi of Chapel Hill, NC; sister of Harriett Kulick of East Haven, CT, Maurice Cease of Woodbridge, CT, and the late Albert & Arnold Cease. She also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, and a host of friends that she acquired during her amazing life-long journey over the years. She worked as a waitress most of her life in several fine dining establishments, retiring at age 65. She could not cook well, but was an excellent server of the restaurant food and known for her dedication, quick wit, and Beautiful Smile! Prior to her career as a waitress she worked at the Newton- New Haven Die Casting Company a number of years. Belle loved to play Bingo at the Miller Senior Center in Hamden and also had her own Poker Group. She enjoyed Arts & Crafts and had a huge collection of dolls, teddy bears, and clowns. She gave many of them names and greeted them all before breakfast. Belle was very generous and gave many of her cherished dolls and personal possessions to her special friends over the years. Friends may visit with her family at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Monday, August 11th, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 AM in Ascension Church, 1040 Dunbar Hill Rd, Hamden. Interment will take place in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. In lieu of flowers her family would appreciate contributions made to them, to help defray the cost of final expenses, and sent to Pamela Gershman or Frances Polino at 34 Town House Rd, Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. Belle was my roommate in Montowese Healthcare. We became very close. She let my sister and I know that she was to ready to go and see God. No more pain and suffering for her. Belle was a beautiful lady and I am so glad that I got to meet her. I left Montowese and returned a few weeks later, and Belle was still there and we connected again. Pam, my family sends heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  2. Dear Frannie, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God continue to shed his light upon you and your family.

  3. Dear Ken,Pam and Frances I am so very sorry about your mother and may you all fine peace in knowing how well liked she was.Frances remembering all the fun times we had at your house growing up,miss you all Darlene Foley-Welch. Call me if you want to talk 828 225-1745 Love you all.

  4. Frannie, so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember your Moms incredible laugh and smile when we all lived on Park Street. Isabelle Sobala, Rachael & Marissa Spisak.

  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman, and I remember she always had a smile on her face. Robin Richitelli Bell (Flossie Johnson’s neice)

  6. We will miss our Belle at the Miller Senior Center. She was a wonderful part of our family with her wit and humor. She gave little gifts of good luck to our seniors for Bingo and many still have them….she will always be with us in spirit! Our deepest sympathy and prayers to her family. Suzanne & the seniors of Miller Sr. Center

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