In Milford, May 8, 2003, Mary Carbone Welch, 89, wife of William Marshall Welch of 34 Sunset Rd., West Haven, mother of Elizabeth Kotowski and her husband, William of Branford and William M. Welch, Jr. and his wife, Diana of Charlestown, RI, brother of Ann Robinson of Boston, MA and the late Michael, Harry and Angelo Carbone, grandmother of Ensign William J. P. Kotowski, US Coast Guard of Oregon and Jennifer L. Welch of Charlestown, RI. Mary was born in New Haven, June 3, 1913 a daughter of the late Victor and Antoinetta Paparella Carbone. She was a graduate of Albertus Magnus College and Fairfield Univ. She had been a biology teacher and science dept. chairman at West Haven High School. She was Past President and Dept. President of AMVETS Aux. of West Haven, Captain in the Civil Air Patrol and was Public Relations Officer. Funeral service Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave. at Court St., West Haven. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven. Donations will be gratefully accepted by the West Haven High School Scholarship Fund for The Mary Carbone Welch Biology Scholarship Award, 1 McDonough Plaza, West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. Bill and family, When I first began to teach in WHHS, Mary was there for me with help and advice. She has remained my friend for all these years. I shall miss her very much and am so sorry that I didn\’t get to visit this time when I was in CT. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Love, Janet

  2. Bill,Diana, and Jen my deepest sympathy and thoughts at this difficult time. I have been thinking of you all.Sincerely, Sue

  3. Dear Welch Family, I was saddened to read about Mary. You may or may not remember me; I grew up at 27 Northrop Rd, attended WHHS and graduated in 1967. My sister Karen is 3 years younger than I; parents were Marie and Bob Banta. I remember Mary very clearly, although she was never my teacher. One day (probably about 35 years ago!) there was a seminar and Mary brought in two lungs in glass jars. One was a smokers lung and was very black and discolored; the other was a healthy lung from a non-smoker. If I ever had a thought about smoking, that stopped me in my tracks! Mary always had a smile, and my impression of her was of a very dedicated and wonderful person. I pray that her years were good ones. My mom passed away in October 1999, after having lived with us for 3 years-she was wheelchair bound and needed help with daily living, although her mind was keen and extremely alert. My dad is 80 and very much enjoying life. I married Dino Ciaburri (also a teacher at WHHS) in 1970 and we had two children. My daughter Tricia is 29 and a teacher in New Haven; will be married this October. My son Dino Jr. was healthy until age 5, then lost his eyesight, speech, walking-was eventually diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy. I cared for him at home, and he died in Feb. 2002, but far outlived his life expectancy. Dino Sr. and I divorced in 1988, and after being alone for many years, I met a wonderful man and we married in 1995. Life surely has its bends in the road. Please accept my sincere sympathy; you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God\’s peace surround you. Fondly, Susan (Banta)(Ciaburri)Tibor.

  4. My sincere condolences to the family of Mrs.Mary Welch, a former West Haven High School teacher, who inspired me to continue my education in the field of .biology.. I will always remember her informative classes and the experiences I had in the .Biology Club. during my 1967 and 1968 school years. Thank you.

  5. To the Welch Family, My deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Welch. She was my biology teacher in 1972. I loved her. I have talked about her throughout my life on how she possessed .the gift. of teaching. She loved her work and above all, her students. She made those difficult high school days a lot easier. She was also the swim team\’s biggest fan. She never missed a meet. I was honored when she presented me with the 1975 Scholar Swimmer Award. In her delivery, she stated that after saying .good morning. to her for four years in the hallway, my locker was near her classroom, she demanded a kiss when she gave me the trophy. I gladly did. That Italian Charm will get you every time. I even remember that day when she showed me the butterfly that was named after her. Please be comforted by the realization that I am but one in thousands of .Her Kids. she has touched. The world has truly lost one of its most brilliant lights. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rick Petersen 128 Norfolk St. West Haven, CT, 06516 Class of .75. .Go Blue Devils.

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