Marie Ann Semenza, 78, wife of 55 years of Robert A. Semenza, Sr. passed away Jan. 22, 2013. She was born in New Rochelle, NY, July 8, 1934 a daughter of the late Luigi and Pasqualina Vaccaro. After growing up in New Rochelle, she lived in Stamford for 30 years before moving to Hamden in 1994. She and her husband also reside in Saratoga Springs, NY. Marie was an active member of the Rosary Altar Society at St. Cecelia Church of Stamford and enjoyed cooking, cleaning, and shopping. In addition to her husband she is survived by her children Barbara (Tim) Welch of Plymouth, MA, Karen Rankins of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Robert (Susan) Semenza, Jr. of Hamden. Grandmother of Meghan Welch, Maryanne (Jefferey) Watt, Amanda and Robert Scala. She was predeceased by her brothers John, Angelo, Nicholas, and Frank Vaccaro, and her sister Ann Larli. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Friday morning Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with her family Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.

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  1. Mr.Semenza, Barbara, Karen, Robert and Family, Please accept my Deepest Sympathy at Maries passing. She was a very saintly woman who suffered in silence for many decades. You all saw to it that even though she was limited physically she lived a full and loving & meaningful life. I will for my part never forget her. You are all in my prayers.

  2. Our sincere condolences to all the Semenza family. I will always remember Marie’s sweet smile and gentle personality. Always felt so good when I ran into her . She emulated love and sincerity always. I know Marie will be missed by all. Rest in peace,Marie! Love from the Riddles

  3. Dear Bob, Robert, Barbara & Karen, I am truly grieved to hear about Maries passing. When I think of Marie, I think of a warm smile, lots of delicious food, and her running around the house cleaning! Marie always welcomed me like one of her own into your home when I was a teenager and young adult. Robert was my big buddy, but Marie was part of what made hanging out with Robert so special. Growing up is not easy, but knowing someone like Marie always loved and cared for me through different stages really meant a lot to me and made a difference in my life. The last time I saw her was at my brother’s wedding. She was in a wheelchair, but still wearing that huge smile and making me feel loved and special. My deepest sympathy to you as you mourn her loss. She touched many lives, and I am certain that she has left her imprint on each one of you in her family, and in that way her love will continue to be extended even though she is gone. With much love, Jen

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