Elvira Berardesca, age 88, wife of the late Anthony Berardesca, Sr, formerly of Hamden, passed away on November 10, 2011 in Wallingford. Born in New Haven on February 6, 1923 to the late Joseph and Angelina Papa Iannucci. Elvira leaves her daughters, Rosemary Garcia of AZ, Angela Smoko and her husband Ronald, Sr of North Haven, Marilyn Signor and her husband Richard of East Haven ; son, Anthony Berardesca, Jr. and his wife Noelle of Hamden; brother, Louis Iannucci of Woodbridge; granddaughters, Marushka Mendell and her husband Josh, Enrika Garcia, Melissa Signor & Mandee Signor; grandsons, Ronald Smoko, Jr and his wife Becca and Anthony Berardesca III; great grandchildren, Bailey and Alexa Smoko, Lilly Rose and Zachary Mandell. Elvira was predeceased by siblings, Salvatore, Anthony and Estelle Iannucci, Louise DiSantis, Margaret Caldi, Ann Damato, and Camille Melillo. Elvira had been a parishioner at St. Rita's Church, was a member of the Sacred Heart Academy Women's Club, and a member of the Melebus Club Women's Auxillary. More than anything, Elvira was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Friends may visit with her family on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 to 9:30 am at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will also be celebrated on Saturday at the Church of the Ascension, 1040 Dunbar Hill Rd, Hamden at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in All Saint's Cemetery. Contributions in Elvira's memory may be sent to Masonicare, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WITH FONDNESS MY TRIPS WITH AUNT ELVIRA TO MR. MERTENS ON COOK HILL RD. TO GET OUR BLUE SPRUCE CHRISTMAS TREES. WE ALWAYS WENT IN THE FALL TO TAG THEM AND THEN BACK IN DECEMBER TO PICK THEM UP. OUR SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY. LOVE,MARISA AND TOM

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