Florence (Philomena) Ercolano Mattei, age 88, of Washington Ave, formerly of Wilbert St, Hamden, passed away Feb. 2, 2010. Florence is the widow of Edward J. Mattei. Born in New Haven on May 22, 1921 she was a daughter of the late Joseph & Antoinette Ruggiero Ercolano. Florence was a retired clerical worker for Southern New England Telephone Co. She is survived by her sisters, Rose Ercolano of Hamden, Rita Santini of Orange & Maria Astorino & her husband Arthur of Hamden; sister in-law Mary Ercolano of Hamden and several Nieces & Nephews & Grand Nieces & Nephews. Florence was predeceased by her sister, Genevieve Gaudio & her brother, Joseph Ercolano. She was a member of the Hamden Women's Club and the Telephone Pioneers. Her family would like to thank the staff of Celentano 3 at St. Raphael Hospital & the Staff of Whitney Manor for their support and care in her time of need. Her funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM in the Church of St. Rita. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Her interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamden. Contributions in her memory may be made to: Dr. Mel Goldstein Multiple Myeloma Fund, Yale Cancer Center, 157 Church St. 10th Fl, New Haven, CT 06510-2100.

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  1. Dear Ercolano Families: I was so saddened to hear that Mrs. Mattei had passed. I will always remember how kind and how funny she was. And that beautiful smile and laugh of hers. I have fond memories of walking over to the house with Bitzen when we were children. I will miss her very much and will always hold close the fond memories I have of both Mr. and Mrs. Mattei.

  2. OH, WHAT A FUN TIME WE HAD…THURSDAY’S WERE .OUR. DAY. WE DINED, WENT TO THE MOVIES, SHOPPED FROM MASS. TO NJ. I WILL MISS OUR 16 YEAR THURSDAY NITE DATE..AND MOST OF ALL THE GREAT TALKS..THIS LESSON WAS PROFOUND–.THERE IS NO REASONING WITH IGNORANCE… GOODBYE, DEAR FRIEND..YOUR FRIENDSHIP WAS A BLESSING…MY PRAYERS FOR ALL HER FAMILY.

  3. To the Ercolano Family, I just wanted to let you know what a joy it was to be a part of Aunt Florence’s life. She was one of the true ladies of this world. Where so many are concerned with what they need she cared about those who needed. I needed her love and she gave it freely. I thank God every day for the time we had together and the love we shared. She will be forever in my heart. My one regret Aunt Florence is that I can’t be there for you today but you are in my heart. I love you Aunt Florence and I will miss you always. Your loving neice, Noreen

  4. I remember the few times we visited Aunt Florence and Uncle Eddie, we were always the center of their attention. I am sorry to say that I found out indirectly of Aunt Florence’s passing, I wish I had more contact with the family and not to hear of it this way. My condolences to all. Michael Mattei

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