Gail S. DePaola, 81, wife of 51 years to the late Theodore C. DePaola, Sr., passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the MidState Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was born on January 23, 1938 in Hartford, daughter of the late Captain Bertrand and Dorothy (Lyon) Sawyer. Gail graduated from Meriden High School Class of 1956. She was a retiree of Hartford Hospital and was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Meriden. Gail is survived by her daughter Debra Cooper and her husband David, of Wendell, N.C.; sons Theodore DePaola, Jr. and his wife Heidi of Southbury, Gary DePaola of Meriden, and Raymond DePaola and his wife Joy Roy of Enfield, N.H.; grandchildren Christopher DePaola of Southbury, and Douglas and Matthew Cooper of Wendell, N.C. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Eleanor Sawyer of Meriden. Gail was predeceased by her brother Bertrand K. Sawyer. Gail's family would like to thank the efforts and support of the teams of Masonic ACU unit and MidState Medical Center's Pavilion C and Critical Care Units. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Gail's family on Thursday, January 31st, from 9:00 to 11:00AM at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Her funeral service will take place at 11:00AM in the funeral home and burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center of CT, 1261 South Main St. Plantsville, CT 06479; Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, 22 Masonic Ave., P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492; or American Lung Association of CT, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108. To share a condolence with Gail's family, please visit

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  1. I worked at the hospital with Gail and always remained friends, she was a very loving caring person, she will be missed.

  2. Loved knowing Gail, Teddy and you kids while living on Pomeroy Avenue. She was a good friend to my mom and I always appreciated her watchful eye.

  3. So sorry to read about your mother’s passing. We are away or we would have been there for her service. Will be thinking of all of you. -Don and Kathy Berube

  4. To all of Gail’s family, I remember meeting Gail at Kaye’s Pharmacy. I worked with her son Ray. She was the most kindest, thoughtful and caring person. She always had a smile on her face when she came in. Gail, I will sadly miss u. R.I.P. and u are finally with Ted once again. -Cheryl Bannan

  5. Dearest Deb and Dave, so very sorry to hear of Deb’s mom’s passing. Deb talked about her all the time at work. Your time with her was short but you will see each other again. I look forward to seeing my mother too. We love you and wish only happy thoughts and remembrances of your time with her.
    Love, Pat and Glenn

  6. From Judi Giardina:
    Wishing all the family God’s peace and comfort as you come together at this time. May you have sweet memories to share.
    Gail is one of the most beautiful friends I have ever had. I met her when I went back to work. I had been home for nineteen years and recently divorced. Gail took me under her wing and seemed to know I needed a friend. Gail is what I call in this life, .One of God’s Earth Angels.. I have been so blessed to call her my friend!

  7. She is Gone
    You can shed tears that she is gone
    Or you can smile because she has lived
    You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
    You can remember her and only that she is gone
    Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back
    Or you can do what she would want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
    -David Harkins.

    Posted by Dave, Doug, and Matt

  8. Deb, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t imagine the grief you feel over losing your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you. -Tish

  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had known both your Dad and Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Barbara Ritchie

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