December 19, 1924 ~ February 8, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Durham, CT

Corine Tecla “Rena” Vreeland, 96, wife of the late Raymond Vreeland, Ret. HFD, passed away at Twin Maples Healthcare Center in Durham on February 8, 2021. Born in New Haven December 19, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Carlo and Corina Baldwin DaVia. Rena is survived by her two loving children; Thomas Vreeland of Hamden and Patricia (Luke) Lomeland of Wareham, MA, grandchildren; Leah (Scott) Bradley and Tyne (Andrew) Jeffrey, great-grandchildren; Nathan and Lydia Jeffrey, and her sister Quinta Platino Raccio of Hamden. She was predeceased by her siblings; Antoinetta Rey, Irma Bernasconi, Lindo (Lenny) DaVia, Genevieve Proto, Luigi (Louis) DaVia and Theresa D’Onofrio. After growing up in New Haven and graduating high school, Rena moved to Hamden, where she was a resident for over 75 years. She worked as a administrative assistant for New Haven Railroad, Home Insurance Company and Yale University. Rena was an active communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, and also loved reading, games and puzzles, and studying and observing birds. Above all else, Rena loved her family and her cherished social circle. She wanted her family to know how deeply they were loved and their presence was a joy and comfort.
Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to her Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in Christ the Bread of Life Parish / Blessed Sacrament Church, Circular Ave, Hamden. Burial will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden.


Visitation: February 11, 2021 9:30 am - February 9, 2021 10:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: February 11, 2021 11:00 am

Blessed Sacrament Church
321 Circular Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514


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  1. Beth and Donald Proto,
    Aunt Rena, Aunt Jerry, Aunt Quinta and my mother all played cards and had their hair done every Tuesday when we were growing up. These are some of the fondest memories I will never forget. I love them all.
    Peace be with you.

    • Donald and Beth,

      Sincere thanks for posting your remembrance. Mom loved you with all of her heart. We are truly most fortunate to have such wonderful memories.

      Sending our love,

      Tom and Patty

  2. I will always have fond memories of times spent with Aunt Rena and I will be forever thankful that she made such an effort to be part of our lives even after my Nonni passed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Michelle (Proto) Rose

    • Michelle,

      Thank you so very much. She often spoke of how much she enjoyed looking after you and Justin in the early years.

      Heartfelt regards,

      Tom and Patty

  3. Patty and Tom,
    I remember many Friday nights when all of our parents played cards and had such fun. We were ALL so much younger then! Please accept our condolences on your mother’s passing. We wish you peace in knowing she is now in living care. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kevin and Carol McKee
    Danville, California

    • Hello Kevin and Carol,

      So nice to hear from you across the miles. We truly had a most fortunate childhood together thanks to our wonderful parents. Thank you for the kind rememberance.

      Tom and Patty

  4. to Tommy and Patty,

    Very sorry to hear about loss of your Mom. Many fond memories or our families together with the parents around the kitchen table playing cards and us playing games or watching tv. And all the trips to the Cape. Your Mom had a great laugh.

    • So nice to hear from you, Danny. Our time spent together couldn’t have been more enjoyable. Mom loved you, Robert, Mom and Dad dearly. Thank you for reaching out to remember Mom.

      Tom and Patty

  5. Tommy and Patty

    Sorry to hear about mom… Brings back many good memories growing up ! All those camping trips to the Cape ,playing 31 card game for hours and hours ..spending holidays together..The picnics at each others houses.. Thoughts and prayers are with you all

    • Rob, thank you for posting a remembrance to Mom. As I told Danny in my reply to him, Mom loved you, Danny, Mom and Dad dearly. How fortunate to have had so many wonderful years in each others company. The fun we had. Once again, heartfelt thanks.

      Tom and Patty

      • Tom, this is Mubarra. I am so so sorry to hear about your dear Mom’s passing. Susan (hairdresser) just told me. I am seeing her after more than a year. How are you doing? Please contact me at

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