Maria Simonelli Picchio died peacefully at home in Woodbridge on March 5, 2012 after a battle with cancer. She was 90 years old. She is survived by her son Marco Sampoli and his wife, Silvia of Florence, Italy; daughter-in-law Penny Sampoli of Woodbridge, as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by another son, Fabio Sampoli, and her husband of over 40 years, Riccardo Picchio. She was born in Florence, Italy on May 16, 1921 to the late Gino and Assunta Cerroti Simonelli. A distinguished scholar in the field of Medieval and Renaissance literature, Professor Simonelli taught at Boston College and in Naples, Italy. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her intelligence and cultivation, as well as for her complete devotion to friends and family. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, in care the private arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to UNICEF at www.unicef.org.

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  1. Bonjour, c’est avec beaucoup de tritesse que nous avons appris le déces de Riccardo et Maria. Riccardo était le fils de mon grand oncle, frère de Mario Picchio et nous avons recu plusieurs fois vos parents il y a fort longtemps, ma mère essayait de correspondre en vain, car nous n’avions plus d’adresse, ni au USA ou à Castelgondolfo. Je reste le seul Picchio de la branche car la soeur de Riccardo car Lucienne Stégagno Picchio avait un fils du nom de Stégagno. Nous avons un très bon souvenir de Maria qui était si douce et gentille. Nous vous présentons nos sincères condoléances. Cordialement. Hello, this is very tritesse that we learned of the deaths of Maria and Riccardo. Riccardo was the son of my great uncle, brother of Mario Picchio and we received many times your parents long ago, my mother tried in vain match, because we had more skill, or the USA or Castelgondolfo . I am the only Picchio branch as the sister of Lucienne Stégagno as Riccardo Picchio had a son named Stégagno. We have very good memories of Maria, who was so kind and gentle. We offer our sincere condolences. Cordially.

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