Marion Della Rocca, 73, of Hamden passed away on November 18. She was the widow of Angelo R. Della Rocca who died in 1982. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Benintende. She moved to Hamden eight years ago to be near her loving grandsons. Marion is survived by son Ralph Della Rocca and his wife Phyllis, son Michael Della Rocca and his wife Christine Hayes, daughter Marianna Ridley and her husband Richard, grandsons Benjamin and Ethan Della Rocca, sister Frances Garibaldi, several nieces and nephews, and many cousins with whom she shared happy times from childhood until the present day. The hours for visitation will be Saturday, Nov 22, from 3-7 pm at Beecher and Bennett, 2300 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org .

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  1. I just want to thank Marion’s family for letting me .borrow. her from time to time as a new neighbor and friend. She will always have a special place in my heart and was so supportive of me the last two years. She was so proud of all of you and we had many of those chats! Much love to all of you for your loss of dear Marion.

  2. I kept putting off calling .Della. week after week and am so very sorry that I did not get the chance to speak with her again. I have many memories of her and will cherish them always. Best wishes to all of you from ther .other. Marian.

  3. I knew your mom for several years throught the bingo at St. Rita’s Church. I was one of the people who worked there every Sunday. Marion loved to talk about her grandsons. I used to run into her at Bassett Field when I was there with my own children. She was very proud of her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  4. Marion had a boundless heart, an indominable spirit, and a fierce will. She lived with passion and zest, and she did me many kindnesses, from helping me de-clutter my home after my back surgery, so I could get around with a walker; to picking up .Pinocchio. books for my collection at every second-hand store she visited; to keeping a key to my house and checking on my cat, Chloe, if I called from work and said that I was worried about her. And she was a lot of fun to be with, when the three .M’s.–Marion, Mary, and Marcia–went out to dinner, shopping, a movie, or the Italian Festival. Your mother and grandmother will long live on in the hearts and minds of those at 1220 Whitney Ave. and the Whitneyville United Church of Christ. I am very grateful for all of the good memories I have of moments she and I shared. Marianna, Michael, Ralph, Phyllis, Richard, Chris, Benjamin, Ethan–you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Marcia

  5. Marion, You will be greatly missed. I did not only think of you as a great friend but also like a second mother. I will truly miss you coming through the door every day and just asking me, .Yolanda what do you need me to do for you today – need me to go the bank, need me to get you lunch. or whatever I needed. You longest dream was to come to Italy with me and now every time I go to Italy, you will be in my thoughts and in my heart. With loving memory, Yolanda

  6. My deepest sympathy in the death of your mother and grandmother. Though I only knew her for a few years I knew she was a grand lady. She kept me informed of any important info on our condos and answered any questions I had. She was such an active lady. And I will always remember her for her kind words two yrs. ago (Nov.9) when we informed her that my grandaughters father had passed and said she would pray for his soul and light a candle. She always had kind things to say. God Bless.

  7. Ralph, Michael and Marianne and families- I just want you all know that I loved your mother and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. You were wonderful children to her and she always talked about how proud she was of all of you and what a gift she had with 2 wonderful daugher-in-laws and a son-in-law. She absolutely treasured her 2 grandsons. Words can not even explain the love she had for all of you. She will truly be missed. God bless you and give you strength through these difficult times. Again – Yolanda

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