Margaret Scavino Bortolan Grosso passed away peacefully with family at her side on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the age of 87. Born in New Haven on October 1, 1924 to Giuseppe and Giuseppina Pregliusco Scavino. She lived most of her life in Hamden. Margaret leaves three children, Dante (Cynthia) Bortolan of Rocky Hill, Fred (Mary) Bortolan of Branford, and Sylvia (Chris) Terew of Milford; seven cherished grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa, Zachary, Nicole, Christopher and Matthew Bortolan and Roza Terew; her sister, Geraldine Squeglia and nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husbands Dante Bortolan and Daniel Grosso and her brother Peter Scavino. Margaret loved to spend time playing with her grandchildren. She always said 'I'm a mother and grandmother first!' She was always there for her family and grandchildren and would drop everything when they called. Her kind and thoughtful way allowed her to be the first to help neighbors and those in need. Margaret's house was always the place for a cup of coffee, danish or a laugh. Visiting the Redwood flea market was a favorite past time where she loved to find pottery and milkglass. Besides being a wonderful mother and grandmother, Margaret owned the Blacksmith Antique Shop and the Squirrel's Nest in Hamden. She especially enjoyed her trip to Italy and Florida. The family would like to thank the staff of CT Hospice in Branford for the compassionate care she received. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, on Saturday, August 25th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Hamden, at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Centerville Cemetery following the Mass. Friends are also invited to visit with the family on Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Silvia, Fred And Dan Sorry to read about your Mothers death She was a very good friend to me and a wonderful scout leader May her soul rest in piece. God will be with all of you during this hard time Please get intouch with me My phone #207-554-5066 so i could have an address love always Ann an George Moreland ( Ruocco)

  2. I have such wonderful memories of your mom,Margaret .I am Mary Jacobs daughter . Your mom was so kind to my mother.she was a wonderful friend and neighbor to both of my parents.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Fondly,Betsy

  3. I’m terribly sorry to hear of Aunt Margaret’s passing. I don’t know if she had been sick, and I hope she didn’t suffer. She was more than an aunt to me, she was a pal. I could talk to her about anything, and oh boy did she love to talk! She was always so full of life, so creative, and so interested in everything. I looked forward to visiting her whenever I was in Conn. She was indeed a very special person, one in a gazillion, and she will be badly missed by everyone who knew her. My deepest condolences to Danny, Freddy, Silvia, and their families.

  4. Dear Danny, Fred and Sylvia, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I will miss her terribly. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend and I always enjoyed stopping by to see her or having her come by and sit on the front steps and chat. The neighborhood won’t the same without her. Sincerely, Carol

  5. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye for now to a very special Aunt, I have many cherished memories of my Aunt Margaret I rmember her taking me and my Mom to fort Hale and Lighthouse park all the time with my grandfather. I remember going to her house with my MOm to visit always enjoyed looking at her treasures in the living room and throughout the house and and she would always sav eme wine bottles and canning jars for sauce, now there is no more pain and she is with our Lord and Savior. She always said : /your a good boy even at age 44 i will miss her but know that she is at peace,, RIP Aunt Margaret Love You

  6. sylvia, freddie, danny and family. I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My aunt was a cherished friend. When my dad died she was there for me. I was fortunate to have her there for me as well as my aunt Gerry. I Stopped going to see your mother, because up her advanced age. In my heart I felt that was the best thing to do. Your mother is with her mother and father now in heaven with god among all the angels. All her family was there greeting her into heaven. Your mom is not alone. She will never suffer any longer. No more pain. She will greet all of you when your life has ended. Never worry about your mom. She had a great life. Never forget about your mother. She gave all of you life. Always be proud of your mom. Make sure none of your children forget about her. God bless all of you. Always carry on the Scavino name. My prayers are with all of you. JOSEPH PETER SCAVINO

  7. My memories are endless….I grew up with Danny, Freddy and Sylvia (Smally). Mrs. Bortolan was my other mother from the nieghborhood. My memory which will stick with me forever is, everytime I saw Ma, from when we were kids to my visits after moving to Arizona was her telling me .Anthony, when are you going to marry my Slyvia??? You would have such beautiful children. :o) Other memories are: The tag sales from the garage, visiting the antique stores and eating penny candy, seeing her driving the 67 convertible Camaro that the boys talked her into buying and always smiling (unless she was yelling at us for something). Ma Bortolan, I will miss you and we will meet again one day.

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