At the CT Hospice, Joseph Rascati, 95, of Branford, peacefully passed away on September 29, 2011 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Maryann E. Bonitata Rascati. Devoted father of Marygrace (Nick) Pacelli of Northford, Marla (Alan) Morris of Hamden, and Russell (Moira) Rascati of Old Orchard Beach, ME. Brother of Laura Carlson of Hamden. He also leaves 2 stepsons, Dan (Vivian) Bonitata of Madison and Mark (Lori) Bonitata of Auburn, CA, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 2 great step-grandchildren, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary E. Rascati, and his two sisters, Jessie R. Carlson and Rita R. Moomjian. Joseph was born on Dec. 8, 1915, a son of the late Louis and Margaret Ardolino Rascati. He was a US Navy veteran and proudly served during WWII. After the war, he returned home to help run the family business, Rascati's Market on Shelton Ave. in New Haven, with his father, which eventually, he would co-own with his brother-in-law, Carl (Dick) Carlson and sister, Laura, until their retirement in 1980. Joe was an avid boater and fisherman, and spent so many of his happiest times out on Long Island Sound with his family and friends, and was always happy playing a good game of pool as well. Friends are invited to gather with the family on Fri. Oct. 7, from 5 – 7 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Branford, on Sat. Oct 8, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to either, CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, 06405, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 2969 Whitney Ave., Hamden 06518.

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  1. Cherish the memories. I know how much you loved your father. He will forever be in your heart. R Remember that you are loved as well.

  2. My deepest sympathies over the loss of such a wonderful man. I will always have fond memories of working for him at the market…and him trying to have me taste whatever was cooking in the back. Or the days spent in Branford with the Carlsons. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Jane

  3. Dear Dan,Viv, Maryann and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Dear Marla and Family, What a wonderful life… may years, so many who loved him. May you remember all the wonderful things about Joe in this difficult time. He would want to be remembered with smiles not tears. God Bless Love, Pam & Bruce

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Mr. Rascati lived a long life and we can all be grateful for the time he was here and what he meant to his family and others.

  6. Joe and I are so sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I’m especially happy to have met Joe and Mary Ann…new cousins to me and it was so nice getting together over the past ten years!! May he Rest in Peace!

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