Concetta Fusco Amatruda

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Concetta Fusco Amatruda, a long- time resident of New Haven and Woodbridge, passed away at the age of 103, on March 29, 2013 of cancer. She was born in New Haven on May 14, 1909 of immigrant parents, Pascuale and Concetta Fusco of Vitulano, and was orphaned by the age of 2 years old. For many years she lived with the Sisters of Sacred Heart on Greene Street in Wooster Square. She was ever grateful for the many things she learned from the nuns and for the responsibilities they gave her even at an early age. Her life with the nuns had an indelible impact on her life as a Catholic and an independent and resourceful woman. She graduated from Hillhouse High School and, with a loan from Grace Hospital, received her RN from Grace Hospital in 1935. She loved nursing and was a Visiting nurse for several years before her marriage, in 1940, to Andrew A. Amatruda, her husband of 68 years. She returned to nursing in 1970 at Yale New Haven Hospital until her retirement. Connie was an active member of St. Aedan's Church in New Haven and the The Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge and contributed her time to several Catholic organizations including assisting with Pre-Cana courses. Having raised their children in Westville, Connie and her husband moved in 1981 from Westville to Woodbridge where she was the Municipal Agent for the senior citizens. In this role she taught handwork, found new homes for seniors and often helped them move, in addition to running the senior citizen's center for the town of Woodbridge. She and her husband moved to Litchfield in 2003. She is survived by her son, John M. Amatruda, M.D. of New York and Branford, CT, her daughter, Jean Flint Nelson of Litchfield, CT, four grandchildren, Vanessa Flint, Matthew Amatruda, Kristen Cowings, Andrew Flint and four great grandchildren. Relatives and Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday morning April 3 at 10:30 am in the Church of the Assumption, 75 Center Rd. Woodbridge with interment to follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Concetta's name to the Yale School of Nursing Annual Fund, P.O. Box 2038, New Haven, CT 06521. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. We at Northwestern CT Transit District, would like to express our condolences with Concetta’s passing. Concetta rode our bus for over 5 years and was always a pleasure to talk to on the phone. Our Litchfield bus drivers enjoyed her presence on their daily routes. Her absence since August has been noticed by many of us and we were very concenred about her. She will be missed by our entire organization – Tammy Ostroski

  2. Words cannot convey how special this dear woman was. We will miss our visits to her in her beautiful Litchfield home. Always gracious, well-spoken and highly engaged, this centurion was really fun to visit. I, Sylvia, and Barbara Amatruda always anticipated great conversations with Aunt Connie- sharing memories, family gossip and many laughs over lunch. To me, (Jane) she was .another mother. (I grew up next door to her in Westville, CT) a true role model- the consummate hostess, always serving others charitably and with wit and wisdom. I share these loving memories and good thoughts of Connie with Jean and John and the other family members and friends lucky to have known Aunt Connie. Jane Amatruda Emmons

  3. So many good memories of Aunt Connie growing up. It is sad that as the years go by and our lives take us in different directions we are unable to stay in touch. My condolences to John, Jean and your family.

  4. We just learned of Connie’s passing today and have heavy hearts. She was one of the most wonderful, kind, caring, generous persons we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. There will never be another and we were just lucky enough to know her. She is missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and her family. Connie and Sharon

  5. To John and Jean, I send you my deepest sympathy and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I visited your mom and dad throughout the years. My grandfather, Antonio Vetrone, and your grandfather, Pasquale Fusco, came to this country together in 1902. They were very good friends. Your mother told me a lot of nice stories about my grandfather, Antonio, and his store which he had on Goffe Street in the 1920s and 1930s. My cousin, who lives in Benevento, Italy, Guiseppe Vetrone,lives across the street from Anna on Via S. Pedicini. I visited with Anna and Mario Fusco many times during my trips to Italy. Your mom and dad were wonderful people and my mom, Mary Carrano, who passed away in 2008, enjoyed our visits with them. I send you my deepest condolences. Sincerely,

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