Cecilia E. Pichnarcik Lyons, age 77, of Swarthmore St., Hamden, passed away Aug. 27, 2008 in her home with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John M. Lyons, Sr., children Sheila Wallace of Lakeville, MA, Pamela (John) Griffin of Madison, Cynthia (Steve) Sullivan of San Jose, CA, Catherine F. Lyons (Chip Caton) of Bloomfield, Linda (Christopher)Ruzzi of Stamford, Janet (David) Fowler of Hamden, Deborah (Daniel) Cavanaugh of North Grafton, MA, Karen (Sean) Aherne of Shrewsbury, MA, John M. Lyons, Jr. of Scarsdale, NY, Brian A. Lyons of New Haven and Rodney T. Lyons of Hamden. She also leaves 10 grandchildren. Ceil was born in Meriden on Nov. 11, 1930 to the late Catherine Pichnarcik. Besides her parents Ceil was predeceased by her daughter Susan Lyons and her brother Anthony J. Pichnarcik. She enjoyed her volunteer work at the Clelian Adult Day Care Center and was an active communicant of St. Rita Church. Her funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at 9:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 AM in St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamden. Contributions in her memory may be made to: The Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511 or to the Clelian Adult Day Care Center, 262 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. A loving wife of 55 years, an adored mom and loving grandmother to so many children, a dedicated volunteer. Mrs. Lyons certainly led by example and will be greatly missed, but with a life of giving to others so fully, she will not only be remembered, but revered. We are so sorry, Karen, Sean and all of the Lyons family, for your tremendous loss.

  2. Amanda and I were sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. – Anthony Demangone

  3. Art and I are very sorry to hear of Ceil’s passing. I will always remember her as a good and loving person from long ago. Our prayers are with you. Louise and Art

  4. Dave, Sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. A better place truly awaits us when we leave this world. Be strong David.

  5. Dear Janet,and family, I pray that time will ease your pain and memories will support and sustain you. Love, cousin Dolores

  6. Dear Karen, My sincere sympathy on the death of your mother. I shall keep her in my prayers as well as all of you, her many.children. and the granchildren too. Aunt Marion

  7. Dear Karen, Sean and the Lyons Family – Mom and I send you our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Our memories of your Mom, Karen, are very happy…from your bridal shower to your wedding and continuing over the years with all those happy photos you shared with us of your Mom enjoying her grandchildren on many, many occasions. Our prayers are with all of you.

  8. Dear Karen, We are very sorry to hear that your mother died. Dad and I are sad to read the notes of friends about you mother and happy that we had the chance to meet her.

  9. I send my condolences to the family and know that you are in my prayers. I know the family through my sister in-law Janet Fowler. I know that this is a difficult time for those left behind. Know that she is in a much better place with no worries and will always be with you.

  10. Janet and David, Please accept our thoughts and prayers for you both. Janet, may your good memories of your mother bring you comfort. Marjorie McDonald-Dowdell and Toy Dowdell

  11. Janet and Family, You are in my prayers. May God be with you during this difficult time. Love, Suzanne

  12. John, Pam and children, Sympathy to you on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. My prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Our condolences to you and your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. John and Michele Schule and Family

  14. Please accept our sympathies John and family. We know your loss will be profound as Ceil was such a warm and loving person

  15. To the entire Lyons family. My mother has told me of your mothers passing. I want you all to know that I remember you mother and your family very well. Everyone was so very nice to me especially your mom. I have made a contribution on her behalf to St. Raphaels Hospital where my mom worked for over 25 years. John I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband on October 20th. I know this is a difficult time for all of you. I will pray for you all. Kristen

  16. To the Lyons Family, As you may remember, .Mrs.Lyons. was my most favorite customer at Whitneyville Food Center. I would wait for her to walk through that door so that I could be her shadow. My most favorite memories in the store involve my friendship with Mrs. Lyons. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman and a wonderful friend.

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