Mary Lou Fiore, loving wife of 64 years of Joseph A. Fiore Jr., of North Haven passed away March 16, 2016 in Yale New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. Beloved mother of Denise J. Fiore of Clinton, and Dale (Rose) Fiore of North Haven. Grandmother of Amelia and Francesca Fiore, and she is also survived by her sister Dorothy Jane Putney, of North Haven. Mary Lou was born in New Haven, a daughter of the late Louis and Mary Caracciolo Gaetano, and had resided in Hamden before moving to North Haven in 1965. As an artist, sculptor, and painter; she was the founder and first President of the North Haven Art Guild in 1966 and later served as Co-President with her husband for several years. She was a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a member of the Mt. Carmel Art Assoc., Guilford Art League, Clinton Art Society, an 8 year board member of the Shoreline & New Haven Visitors Bureau, and she started the North Haven Cultural Center in 1979. In addition, Mary Lou was a very active longtime member of the Girl Scouts, having facilitated trips internationally for her Girl Scout Troops to both Bermuda and Mexico. She enjoyed traveling to Paris and visiting art museums and promoting the arts. Funeral service will be Monday morning, March 21, at 11 AM at BEEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE, HAMDEN. Friends may visit with her family Sunday from 3-6 pm. Interment in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to St. Ann's Soup Kitchen, 930 Dixwell Ave. Hamden, CT 06514, or to Life Haven, 153 East St. New Haven, CT 06511, www.lifehaven.org, or to the North Haven Art Guild, 47 Roarke Rd. North Haven, CT 06473.

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  1. Dee, Dale, Mr Denise and the Fiore family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are all going to miss Mary Lou on your visits to Clinton, she has always been a part of the gathering. You are all in our prayers.

  2. Years ago, Mary Lou welcomed me into the Art Guild and was the first person to have faith in my painting and encouraged me to get better and better. i enjoyed our phone calls. she was always eager to help and answer any questions i had. i will never forget her, the encouragement she gave me, and the friendship we had. she was the nicest and kindest person i ever met. it’s so hard to believe that she’s gone and i will miss her so much. My sincere sympathy to Joe, Denise, Dale and the whole Fiore family.

  3. You will ALWAYS be in my heart as one of the most caring, loving and devoted to art and family person I have ever had the privilege to know. thanks for caring about my art also and my sympathy to Joe, Denise and Dale. God bless the entire family, more so at this sad time.

    tom gianfriddo/Frank Taylors memory.

  4. Dale-very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom.May you be comforted at this painful time by the lifetime of memories shared and the never ending love only a mother bestows.

  5. Rose & Dale, Jimmy & I are so very sorry to her about your mom. We are in Florida and very sorry we will not be able to attend the services. You are in our prayers!

  6. Heartfelt condolences in the passing of your dear wife and mother, Mary Lou. Mary Lou possessed an engaging personality and an endearing spirit. She was a multi-talented artist and a tenacious advocate for the arts in North Haven.

    Indeed, I feel that I was particularly blessed to have known her. May her palette in the heavens reflect every divinely inspired hue of her favorite color purple. She will be ever missed but not forgotten, Donna Marie Joyce

  7. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. Her dedication to girls was remarkable and respected by all. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Barneby, CEO

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