May 19, 1924 ~ January 29, 2022

Born in: West Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Celia Lombardi DePalma, 97, of Hamden, wife of the late Albert S. DePalma, passed away January 29, 2022. She was born in West Haven May 19, 1924, a daughter of the late Anthony Lombardi and Anna DellaCioppa Lombardi, and resided in Hamden for most of her life. Celia proudly served as a Sergeant after enlisting in the US Air Force during WWII.
She enjoyed playing cards with family and in many groups and clubs, and was quite adept at bridge and pinochle. She loved watching sports her entire life, everything from tennis to football, and was an avid New York Yankee fan. Mostly she enjoyed being with her family, whether she was preparing a meal or her special dish, eggplant, heading to the beach, or traveling from California to Florida to Italy to be with the ones she loved. She was well-read and was always engaging with her friends and family, who were inspired by her natural curiosity.
Loving mother of David (Char) DePalma of Hamden, John (Cath) DePalma of Seattle, WA, JoAnn (Adam) Burrows of Old Lyme, and Paul (Tess) DePalma of Orlando, FL. She is also survived by 8 amazing grandchildren; Claire, Adam A., Joseph, Jenna, Heather, Meredith, Liz, and Nick, and 4 great-granddaughters. Celia was predeceased by 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Her final prayer was “May God Bless my wonderful family and God Bless America.”
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Divine Mercy-St. Rita Parish, Whitney Ave., Hamden on Monday, February 7th at 10:00 a.m. To view a recording of the Mass, please click here: Celia DePalma Funeral Mass. Password to view is mR&u.2dv. Entombment with Military Honors in All Saints Mausoleum. If you wish to watch the Military Honors as they were presented at the cemetery, a second recording is available here: Celia DePalma Cemetery Rites. Password to view is  s.CbM6Z6. Memorial contributions may be sent to VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice by donating online at


Mass of Christian Burial: February 7, 2022 10:00 am

St. Rita Church
1620 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517


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      • Sad to hear of your mother’s passing, Dave, but relieved to hear that she is no longer suffering. She is free now and in good hands. I’m sure that you have many wonderful memories of her
        My mom passed last year just before her 98th birthday. I know how you must be feeling now.

        Blessings and love to you all,
        Diane and Tim

  1. Cee was such a lovely soul. She would rock my girls to sleep when visiting. She was always so vibrant and clever. I loved hearing about all the delicious dishes she cooked, and stories Paul shared from childhood. She will be missed but we rejoice in knowing there will be a reunion with our heavenly father and those we have lost. God bless the DePalma family.

  2. Aunt Cee was spunky with a quick wit and infectious laugh.
    So very sorry that she has left us, but know that she and memories will forever be in our hearts.
    Love you

  3. Very sorry for your loss. My mother passed in 2019 just before her 96th birthday. Even when the passing is not a surprise, there is a deep sense of loss.
    With sincere sympathy and prayers for the DePalma family.

  4. My deepest sympathies to your family. My grandfather August always looked forward to visiting Aunt Cee to play cards and have lunch with his sisters. They had a special bond and I trust they are all reunited together again.

    • Thank you Patrick for your words and love. I’ve been talking with Uncle Gus for the last month as she has been working on leaving. Blessings to you and your sweet family, char and dave

  5. Dear Paul and Family,

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mom. She was a lovely person and may she Rest In Peace. I always enjoyed talking to her!
    Mary Sue and Tom FitzSimons

  6. Aunt Cee was a bonus Grandma for me. She modeled how to live a meaningful life after loss and radiated love for her family. Her enthusiasm (and sarcasm) were contagious. I am so thankful to have been loved by her.

    • Me too Nic, thanks for your words and love, She was a bonus mom for me for so many years now. love and hugs, char and dave

  7. Dear Dave and Char,

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet your mother. From what I read and the little Char has told me about her she sounded as if she was
    a strong an active woman. May she rest In peace.

    Love, Bette Donahoe

  8. I knew he through John Depalma’s many stories of her and the echos of her consciousness in his life.
    May you all find peace and be recognize that you are surrounded by God’s Love.

  9. Dear Char and Dave,
    My heart is with you.
    I feel honored to have met your amazing mom.
    I’m sending you all of my love, Jane

  10. Holding you and your family close at heart during this time of loss. May her memory be a blessing. How incredible that she was a Sergeant in the US Air Force during WWII! She sounds like a wonderful women with a broad of interests and talents, and a woman well-loved, deservedly so. Love, Arlyn and Mark

  11. So very sorry to hear of Aunt Cee’s passing! Such a great lady with an infectious laugh! Always loved conversations with her. You were so very lucky to have her in your life for such a long period of time yet even now was too soon for her to leave. She is now with Uncle Al and the rest of her family and enjoying being with them again. Although we’ll miss her, we all have such wonderful memories and stories to keep her with us always. Our sympathies to all our cousins and their families.

  12. We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Cee’s passing. Chris and I have such great memories of Sunday afternoons with all the Lombardi siblings while they played 31 and we played wiffleball in the street. We’re sorry we can’t make it to the funeral tomorrow, but we will be thinking of you all. Our deepest sympathies to Paul, John, Joby, David and their families.

  13. Hello dear Dave and Char,
    Ron and I are holding you and Claire in our hearts, our prayers and our minds as you say goodbye to your dear mother Celia. Of course she will be “with” you for as long as you love her and your memories of her.
    We are both pleased to see the picture you have included of her; it really seems that there is a very sweet ( and maybe a bit mischievous?) smile just about to slip out. We have returned a number of times now to look just once more. Sending our love to you and all Cee beloveds. Kate and Ron

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