Katie Louise Nista

katie nista

August 28, 1919 ~ July 2, 2024

Born in: Jefferson, South Carolina
Resided in: Wallingford, Connecticut

Katie Louise Nista, age 104, of Wallingford passed away on July 2, 2024. Born in Jefferson, SC on August 28, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Beulah (Sutton) Kirkley. Louise was the widow of Peter Nista. She moved to Hamden in 1951 from New Haven, residing her last two and a half years in Wallingford. Louise owned and operated Thomas Florist in Hamden for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline (Louis) Cacace of East Haven, Carol (James) DeBridgita of Wallingford, and Patricia (Frank) Scala of Wallingford; her grandchildren Frank (Lauren) Cacace, David (Stacy) Cacace, Traci (Arthur III) McCormack, Anthony (Kristie) DeBridgita, and Bianca Scala; her great-grandchildren, C.J. and Anthony DeBridgita, Tyler, Sienna, Jake and Mila Cacace, Arthur IV, Joslyn and Alex McCormack, and Kaylee Boynton and her niece Carol, who called her every Sunday. Louise was predeceased by her siblings, Ruth Andrews, Myrtis Wilkes, Charles and Dan Kirkley, and Doris Brock. She always enjoyed time with her family and watching golf on television with her husband. Louise’s family would like to express a special thanks to all the people at Masonicare / Pond Ridge North who looked after and cared for her.
Friends may visit with her family on Saturday, July 6th from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and may attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul VI Parish / Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Ave., Hamden. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Donations in her memory may be made to the The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.


Visitation: July 6, 2024 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: July 6, 2024 10:00 am

Blessed Sacrament Church
321 Circular Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514

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  1. To Louise’s Family, My deepest sympathy to all. She was a Special Lady, whom I cherished , although I did not see Louise for awhile, we did get to speak on the phone and reminisce about her good times with my In Laws, Peg and Les. RIP My Friend. Hugs to all her family

    • Louise was such a special person. Her wisdom, common sense and tough love, when she knew I needed it, were positive influences in my youth. She was my “other mother”. My dearest friend ,Jackie, along with all of Louise’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.

  2. Jacki. I’m so sorry for your loss. I think we all wish we could live to 104 and be so independent. She had a wonderful life. She was blessed with a loving, caring family. Carry in your heart those happy memories. My sincerest sympathies. Hugs. Linda Esposito

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