GENTILE, KARI ANN, 44, September 9th, 1963 - Dec. 6th, 2007. She was the beloved wife of Salvatore Gentile and adored mother to Victoria and Stephanie. Born in New Haven, raised in Hamden, the Republic Of Ireland and Vermont, she was a resident of East Haven since 1998. Kari was the daughter of the late Maurice J. Purpora and Ann McCorkindale Purpora of Hamden. She was a graduate of the Haircutting Institute of Cosmetology in West Haven and was, most recently, a Walmart Retail Associate. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by six siblings: Joseph W. Purpora and wife, Maura P. Davies and husband, Nicholas C. Purpora and wife, Sarah L. Davis and husband, Christina M. Purpora and Felicia R. Adams and husband, one grand niece and numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins. We will never forget her. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 12th from 4PM to 8PM at the BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 WHITNEY AVE. HAMDEN. A Mass of Christian burial will be Celebrated on Thursday, December 13th at 11:00 AM at St. Bernadette's Church at 385 Townsend Avenue in New Haven. For information or to send a condolence please see obituary

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  1. .Kari. The world has lost a beautiful woman. She of gentle Spirit, generous Heart, wise Soul and unfaltering Faith. A deep centeredness and knowing grounded her to Mother Earth, while her long Venus-like tresses blew free with the wind. Her beauty – remarkable. A voice like an angel, some say. Ah, God’s gift to one who has known sweet Sorrow and blessed Joy. We walked along the same path One of Healing and Light – the winding way to Serenity and Peace. My heart is heavy today for WE have lost a good friend. A better woman, I am, for having known her and so Grateful for the chance.

  2. Dear Gentile Family and Friends, I am so very sorry to learn of Kari’s death. Although I have known Kari for a brief time, I knew her to be a wonderful woman of faith and love for her family, especially her husband Sal and two daughters Victoria and Stephanie (who she is so very proud of!!) Our loving Lord’s plan, we do not know or understand, but I am certain Kari is beside Him, looking down upon us whispering .suggestions. to Jesus to help us when we most need it, as we travel on our journey of life. I am sure Kari will be missed here, but she has touched so many lives, she will always be with us. Know of my prayers for you all. Sincerely In His Service, Michelle

  3. Dear Maura and family — I am sorry to learn of Kari Ann’s passing. I know you will all have wonderful memories to sustain you now and in the future. Kathy Toensmeier

  4. Dear Sal and Daughters We were very shocked to learn of Kari’s passing. Our prayers go out to you and your daughters. God will give you the strength to go forward, with your daughters and your life. Time will help heal your pain. The Savino Family, Barbara, Mike and Lynnmarie

  5. Dear Sal, Victoria, and Stephanie~ I am truly devastated by the news of Kari’s death. We had e-mailed each other often, and I last heard from her on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I send you my prayers, my thoughts of each of you, and please know I loved Kari very much. I will also miss her. My sympathies to you and all her siblings and her mother. Love, Donna (Cunningham) Denette

  6. Dear Victoria and Stephanie, I have watched you girls grow up at the dance studio over the past five years. During this time, I watched the way your mother lvoingly doted on both of you. Please know that she will always be watching over you, your guardian angel up in heaven. You will be our family’s prayers.

  7. God has just welcomed another angel into his fold. Kari was a great light that filled a room. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

  8. I am a parishioner of St Bernadette Church. I admired watching her & her two beautiful daughters. while attending Sunday Mass. I convey my deepest sympathy to her family. Patti M Toni New Haven, Ct.

  9. I am deeply saddened on the passing of Kari. As an employee of the Hagaman Library, a place where she frequented daily, it was a pleasure and a delight to see Kari come in with her two beautiful children. Her friendliness and personality will greatly be missed.

  10. I am deeply saddened to hear of Kari’s passing. She was a wonderful mother to her 2 beautiful children and a wonderful person with a great personality which will be dearly missed. I will miss her frequent visits to the Hagaman Library, in which I am employed. With sympathy, Elaine Sammarco

  11. I cannot find the words to express how I feel about Kari’s passing. She was a beautiful, young woman who dearly loved her children and life. She will be sorely missed. Blessings to her family.

  12. I learned today that Kari passed away two months ago today….I learned from reading about the death of her mother. She was a great friend of mine asnd so many in my family. How did this happen? I have so many questions…no answers. By ionvestigating, learned she has two daughters. named after my cousin and our very good friend. Why..why…why I dont understand? I feel lost and cant stop thinking about our past. She was in my wedding. I thank her for that. Her girls must be lovely an beautiful. I will pray for Kari and the girls. Love, Lorelei

  13. Kari – I can’t believe it’s been a year since you went to be with the Lord. I miss your laughter & your smile. I see you rejoicing with the Lord and singing praise songs to Him. That was always your dream……… Victoria and Stephanie are beautiful girls. You gave them a good foundation in the Lord and much fruit will come from that. I’m always holding them before the throne of our Father for His guidance & wisdom, and for Sal as he raises them. I smile at our memories and can’t wait to see you again someday & spend eternity together. Love you honey – Sue

  14. Kari was a beautiful girl inside and out. She was a friend for a few years and always lite up when she entered a room, adding an abundance of light from her spirit. My last personal contact with her- she was singing karokee at the Chowder Pot, in August 07 and really belting the songs out. She was happy within herself and had a powerful strong voice , as was her being. Kari Ann- rest in peace /and love and condolence to her precious family. With symapthy for the loss of a wonderful woman, mother, friend . Diane

  15. Kari will be missed but never forgotten.She was the best Mother /Wife/Cousin/Friend anyone could ever ask for.Kari’s gentle kind ways will always be with all of us.Sal we want you to know we will always be here for you and Victoria and you.

  16. Kari’s beauty was evident inside & out. I know how the love for her husband and daughters made her light up with joy. We shared so many intimate moments which made us laugh and cry, we had our good and bad times, but through it all we remained .step-sisters. a bond which could never be broken not even in death. Kari you have a place in my heart and I know you rest in peace with your Savior.

  17. My sympathy to all of Kari’s family. I had the pleasure of getting to know her over the past few years. She was a lovely person who was very easy to talk to and always so pleasant to be around. Her 100 watt smile always lit up a room, she will be missed very much. With sympathy, Monica Dornfeld

  18. Sal and Family No one can know just what you’ve lost No one can understand the cost; but when you feel your energy drain; Please count on your friends to help ease the pain. Let us help you cope with grief, We hope with time;you’ll feel some relief. We can’t replace Kari who’s gone but let our concern; help you Sal carry on. With our deepest condolences to Sal and the family God Bless You

  19. Sal We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Kari was a special person and will be missed by all Michelle, John, Amy and Johnny ( Chicken Nugget)

  20. Sal, Victoria & Stephanie, We send our thoughts and prayers. We are happy to have shared the time we did with you all at the banquet. Please know we are there for you if you need us.

  21. Sal,We are so sorry to hear about your wife.Our prays go out to you and your girls.May god bless you always….Eve and John Kapavitch(Doltronics)

  22. she was a wonderful mother and wife to her family. i was so sad when i found out what happened to her and i felt so bad for her daughters and her husband i wish it would never happen to anyone. it is a sad time for everyone who knew them and loved them. god bless you and im sorry for your loss.

  23. The Gentile and Purpora Family, Although we only knew Kari for a couple of years,she was a beautiful person and we will miss her smiling face. Sincerely, Stephen Liston & Debbie Porter

  24. To Kari’s family — my deepest sympathies are with you at this time of loss. Please know that I will keep you and your family in prayers and I will pray for Kari. I have been blessed with knowing her and her gentle soul. We have spent many hours chatting about faith, God, children and love of family together. I will miss her. Godspeed to you and your family. May she rest peacefully in the arms of her Savior.

  25. To Kari’s family, Just a short email to let you all know how sorry I am for your lost. I can only imagine how you must be feeling at this difficult time. I have the fondest memories of Kari and feel blessed to have known her. Know I’m thinking of you. Love, Liz

  26. To Kari’s family, My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I got the pleasure to know Kari for two years. We worked together at tjmaxx and walmart. She was a lovely person always singing and smiling! She will be greatly missed! Jason Herring East Haven, CT

  27. To the Gentile Family, Although I only met Kari Ann a few times you could tell right away how much she loved life and her family especially her girls. We live across the street from her sister in law so I saw her girls playing often and also at dancing school where her true mothering really shined. She was not only a mother hen to her children but to others there as well. Your family will be in our prayers tonight and many nights to come. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  28. To The Gentile Family, your are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time, Kari was a very sweet person, I worked with her at walmart and my daughter Emily had the pleasure of knowing her from tjmaxx. With our deepest sympthy Clare and Emily Cifarelli

  29. To the gentile family…I only had a short time to work with kari. She was a wonderful person and she will be sadly missed by me and alot of her friends here at wal-mart. susanne simpson

  30. We are very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Kari. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gerry, Michele and Mia Cappiello (Mia attends reglious education classes with Victoria)

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