September 22, 1929 ~ September 17, 2011

On September 17, 2011, Carol Ann Santamauro, of Hamden, entered into eternal rest. She was born in Cambridge, MA on September 22, 1929 to the late Paul V. and Mary Ruth Hale Cochrane. Carol was a dedicated teacher for the New Haven Public School System for 33 years. She devoted her life to her four daughters and five grandchildren; Cindy (Chris) Rizzutto, Wendy (Mark) Santamauro, Victoria (Frank) Simiola, and Kerry (Robert) Law; grandchildren, Brendan, Nicholas, Brian, Alexandra, and Harrison; sisters, Janet Barrows, Patricia Lawes, and Romily Cofrancesco. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Santamauro, her sister, Shelia Cochrane and her brother, Paul V. Cochrane. A very special thank you to Halina for caring for Carol like her mother and to Dora who also cared greatly for Carol. Her family would also like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Charles DiSabatino, the staff at Hospice, especially; Elizabeth, Christina, Sarah, and Kathy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Tuesday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment in Centerville Cemetery. BEECHER & BENENTT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers contributions in Carol's memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Mommy, It has been a long and painful journey for you. You are finally home. I am going to miss you forever. I know you are at peace, but my heart has hole in it. Thank you for all the sacfrices that you made on our behalf. I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. For all eternity my mom you’ll be. I LOVE YOU.

  2. Carol & I have been friends for a very long time – I cherish the memories of days gone by and will be eternally grateful for our very special friendship – we have been truly blessed by her love- Nancy

  3. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mom. Carol was a very special lady and will be missed. You are all in my prayers. Love Rose

  4. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all. Our loss is as great as her huge heart. Never forget, she lives on through our love – we all carry her in our hearts and express her love through the love we share with each other, always. Please know I am with you through this very difficult and painful time. much love, always, (Aunt) Jackie xoxoxo

  5. Gloria Bogen & family wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Carol Santamauro. We share in your loss and are thinking of you. Gloria Bogen

  6. To Kerry and Family, So very sorry to read of Carol’s passing. I know how loved she was by you. My deepest sympathy to you, Robert and the boys…Gone, but never forgotten. Virginia and Paul Sandella


  8. Cindy, Wendy, Vicky and Kerry, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’ll cherish the memories of the fun we had going with your mom to Orange and the beach just like in Vicky’s beautiful poem. You were blessed to have such a wonderful mother and I hope your memories and the love you share will bring you strength and comfort.

  9. Kerry and Bob, Very sorry to hear of your loss. Carol was a lovely person and know how much you will miss her, but she left many wonderful memories. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Terry, Caryn and family.

  10. Kerry and family, so sorry for your loss. I know how special Carol was to all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

  11. Dear Wendy & Family, I am so deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Your loving memories of her will forever live in all of your hearts. Sincerely, Sally Durso

  12. Carol was all I could have hoped for in an Aunt. Every one of my limited visits were enjoyable right up to and including my last one in July when we were able to share a few laughs and each others company. Although I moved away my dad kept me informed of major events and how Carol endured some trying experiences from her teaching years to her health with perseverance. As anyone else who knew her I will miss her and cherish those memories.

  13. I will always have nothing but fond memories of Carol. lots of fun and laughs. She was a VERY special lady. I am very gratefull that I was able to spend some time with her last month and I am devastated that I was not around to say goodbye to her. My deepest condolences go out to your Family. I LOVE you guys a lot and I will miss Giggy and think of her often.

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