Lena Ruggiero Pantano, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, died of natural causes, Thurs., March 21, 2003 in Ellicott City, MD. She died on her 84th birthday. She was born in Paterson, NJ, a daughter of the late Michele & Carmela Loffredo Ruggiero. She married Louis Pantano in 1946 and resided in Bridgeport, CT where they raised their sons. They moved to Hamden in 1977. In Bridgeport she was a founder of the East End Little League, a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 231 and was active on PTA Boards. She remained active as a volunteer in the Hamden community, a participant in quilting and needlework groups and a member of the Ascension Catholic Church. Among her activities and good works, she was a member of Ascension Church's Legion of Mary, the church's bereavement group, a volunteer at St. Ann's ''Young at Heart'', a volunteer at Sacred Heart Academy's Clelian Center, a volunteer at Arden House, a member of Hamden Seniors and the Sikorsky Retirees Club. She is survived by sisters, Carmella Giaquinto and Eleanor Casbarro of Totowa, NJ, sons, Michael Louis Pantano of Ellicott City, MD and George Allan Pantano of San Diego, CA and five grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Evan, Tessa and Julian Pantano. She was predeceased by a brother Angelo A. Ruggiero. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Wed., March 26 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at Ascension Church. Entombment will be in St. Michael Mausoleum in Stratford. Friends may call at the funeral home Wed. from 8 - 9:15 a.m.

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  1. I knew Lee through Ascension Church, bereavement group. She was so positive,caring, dependable & helpful to all. I feel blest to have known her & will miss her very much. My sincere sympathy to all her family. My prayers are with you all.

  2. My deepest sympathies and support to Michael and the rest of the family at this time. I know that the last days and weeks were not comfortable but hope that peace is now with all.

  3. My father Eugene was Lena\’s cousin. Lee visited numerous times while I was growing up. She and Lou were great fun; we always enjoyed their visits- the only other Loffredo\’s we knew of in CT. May you find strength and comfort in your memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Our love and prayers are with all of you. Will always have great memories of visiting Lee & Lou in Bridgeport as a child with my Dad, Gene Loffredo.

  5. To Lee\’s Family, I\’m so sorry to hear about your loss. i know she and my father, Gene Loffredo, were close as cousins. i will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless.

  6. With deepest sympathy for your loss. I will always remember my dad\’s cousin Lee, as the only other Loffredo relative who lived in Connecticut. He was very fond of Lee. I\’m sure Dad is greeting her with open arms now.

  7. YOur Mother was an active member of our morning Mass group. She was a delight to know and a very fine person. My deepest sympathy to you all in your loss.

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