Betty DeFrancesco, age 90, a lifelong Hamden resident and the loving wife of 70 years to John DeFrancesco of Hamden, passed away at Whitney Manor on Friday, July 24, 2015. Betty was born March 21, 1925 to the late Ralph and Mary Mattei Candela. Beloved mother of Bernadette Gilbert & her husband Arthur, of West Haven, and Maria Cusano, of Colchester. Also survived by two grandchildren, Marisa Gilbert, of East Haven, and Philip Cusano & his wife Jessica, of Colchester, and two great-grandsons, Dominic and Rocco Cusano. She is predeceased by her five brothers; Joseph, Ralph, Louie, Pasquale ('Pat'), and Raymond Candela, and her son-in-law, Richard Cusano. Funeral service from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden at 10 AM Tuesday, July 28 for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church, 400 Ridge Rd., Hamden at 10:30 AM. Friends may visit with her family at the funeral home prior to the mass from 8:30-10 AM. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery. Contributions in Betty's memory may be made to The SARAH Foundation, 246 Goose Lane, Suite 104, Guilford, CT 06437 or given online at www.sarahfoundation.org/donations. Sarah Foundation

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  1. I’m sorry for the loss of your dear and precious loved one, Betty, and may you be comforted by the God of all comfort, Jehovah, thru his word the holy bible at Psalms 34:18: .Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit..

    God’s word also says at Isaiah 25:8: .He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces………..

    God’ s word says at Revelation 21:4: .And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away..

    This is what God’s Kingdom, under Jesus Christ rulership, will accomplish in the near future for all those who love righteousness. God’s word assures us at Psalms 37:29: .The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.. http://www.jw.org

  2. Aunt Betty what can I say when I heard about her passing? I was sadden , but I can remember her living next door to her and she would come and visit my mom and dad all the time. She was a good lady with a kind heart. I would call her from time to time and have talks with her until she got sick and could not remember. Rest in peace Aunt Betty until we all meet again once again. Love Natalie and Stephen(

    Niece and Nephew)

  3. I was deeply saddened on hearing my Aunt Betty (my dad’s only baby sister) had passed! We grew up living next door to her in Hamden…she always greeted me with a smile and a hug…

    When I got married and moved away and came to visit my mom, I would always go over to see Aunt Betty! Again, I would give her a hug and she would smile! I enjoyed our visits talking and laughing and eating!

    She will be missed by me!

  4. I was really sad when I heard of your passing Aunt Betty…you was always good to me & always made me a cake for my birthday., & gave me a present too!! I enjoyed when as a kid you took me along to the New York World’s Fair…I loved it. I will cherish all my memories of you!! Aunt Betty I love & will miss you…<3 Candy

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