Catherine Matsagas, age 93, of Shepard Hill Rd, Hamden, passed away on Jan. 29, 2010 in St. Raphael Hospital. Catherine is the widow of Paul G. Matsagas. Born in New Haven, on March 9, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Louis & Rose Barone Mongillo. Catherine was predeceased by her daughter Aleathea Rose Matsagas Vibert and her brother Peter Mongillo. She is survived by her son-in-law James J. Vibert, Sr. & his wife Cynthia of Cheshire; her sister Dorothy Charters of West Haven; her grandchildren John Paul Vibert & his wife Stephanie, Nathaniel Vibert, Catherine Vibert & James Vibert, Jr. She was a 1937 graduate of St. Raphael Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed at the hospital for many years as a Registered Nurse and was a member of the Catholic Nurses Association. Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Wednesday Feb. 3rd, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and may attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Feb. 4th at 11:30 AM in St. Thomas Becket Church, 435 North Brooksvale Rd, Cheshire. Her interment with her beloved husband will take place privately in Arlington National Cemetery in VA. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Raphael Foundation, Inc. 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511-9839.

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  1. I am good friends with Jim and Cynthia Vibert, and have been hearing about this marvelously independent and family loving matriarch for many years. From all that I have heard, I want to be just like her as I age (hopefully) as gracefully as she has. She will be sorely missed. Our condolences to her whole family. Jon and April Clark

  2. Catherine you will be sadly missed 100% at Shepard Hill Condos. You were an icon with your total independence and good nature. Our condolences to your family. Sandy Aiello Stan Backiel

  3. .Kitty. was a very important part of our lives when we lived in Hamden. We became frieds with her through her participation in the YMCA and became known as her .two-fingered. friends because we passed her the peace sign in church. We will miss her, her friendship and her .biscotti.. Our condolences to her family. We truly did love her as if she were a member of our family.

  4. For several decades, cousin Catherine was an inspiration to me. Always with a smile on her face, she bore the tragedies in her life with grace and faith. Her love of life (swimming, Italian lessons, daily prayer) is a lesson all of us can learn. The world is a sadder place now that Catherine has left us. Altho’ we lived a great distance apart, I still will miss our phone conversations and her lovely letters. I have confidence that indeed she is now resting in peace with her God.

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