Carol F. Hughes, age 74, of Hamden, passed away surrounded by her family on October 22, 2017. Carol was born in New Haven on March 24, 1943, a daughter of the late John Joseph Hughes & Helen Margaret (Laffin) Hughes. She is survived by her sons, John & Joseph Franchi, both of East Haven; her daughters, Laurene (Joseph) Ortowski of Hamden, Carol (Rudolph) Franchi-Torre of East Haven, and Mimi Franchi of Madison, and 9 grandchildren. Carol was predeceased her sisters, Helen H. Gilmore & Dorothy H. McCarthy, and her brother, Sgt. John Hughes Jr., U.S.M.C. Carol was a former employee of Birth Rite and the Children Center. She was an Alcohol & Drug Counselor at the Shirley Frank Foundation and ended her career as a Resident Associate at the Mary Wade Home in New Haven. She was a member of Defenders of Wildlife and was an avid sports fan; favorite teams included the Minnesota Vikings, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Cavaliers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs and Notre Dame. Carol wanted to thank the teams of caregivers that guided her through this journey of hers. They include Dr. Diane Defusco, Dr. Christine Knowlton, Lisa Hoffer APRN, & Eileen Holt RN of Yale Radiation Oncology; Dr. Thomas Fynan, Francine Jaworowicz RN of Yale Oncology; Dr. Joseph Saracco; Lois Kasarayskas RN, and the Connecticut Hospice Team. Friends may visit with her family at St. Stephen's Church, 400 Ridge Rd, Hamden, on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 9:30 AM and may stay to attend her Mass of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to The Mary Wade Cheer Fund, In Memory of Carol Hughes, 118 Clinton Ave., New Haven, CT 06513. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. A woman who certainly made a positive impact on my life during my youth which those influences I will carry all of my life…My most sincere condolences to her family and friends…May God bless her today and always granting her eternal peace!

  2. Deepest sympathy to you all for such a great loss. Please know family and friends will be in my loving thoughts and prayers.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed so much. She left such a lasting impression on so many lives. Love you carol. <3

  4. I will remember so many wonderfull things about Carol but most of all her youthfull spirit and caring nature you will be missed my friend

  5. Mimi, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, sending all my love & prayers. She’ll always be forever with you my friend, may she R.I.P. xo

  6. My most heartfelt condolences to the Franchi family. Carol you were always full of kindness, I will truly miss you. Sending prayers and comforting hugs.

  7. My sincerest condolences to Carol’s family, she was a wonderful person and friend. She will be forever missed, may she rest in peace.

  8. Having Laurene as a best friend came with a bonus. I also became friends with Carol. We shared our love of true crime books, strong coffee, spirituality and many other things. She welcomed everyone, never passing judgment and never getting angry with anyone. Always lending a shoulder to lean on and would leave you with a little bit of wisdom when you didn’t even realize you needed it. I will miss you Carol and our late night texting, that beautiful smile and your contagious laugh. But you will be around in spirit. I will follow through with my promise to you, always here for my dear friend Laurene. Keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you Carol. RIP

  9. Laurene and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a wonderful caring person. My heart goes out to all of you, she will be truly missed

  10. Sending our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the whole family, xoxoxo. A beautiful angel has entered into heaven, and will forever be missed by all, such an amazing soul, heart of gold, one of a kind! So special she is!!

  11. Laurene & Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful woman, full of life and love. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time, Warmest condolences, Patti GaNun

  12. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Fanchi’s entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hold some very fond memories with you all. God bless each of you.

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