Mrs. Luciana Mocellin Lyon

mrs. luciana lyon
Luciana Mocellin Lyon, age 89, of Hamden, passed away on April 6, 2013. Born in Venice, Italy on March 29, 1924 she was the daughter of the late Napoleon Mocellin & Anna Mohovich Mocellin. Mrs. Lyon came to the United Stated in 1946. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center for several years. In 1968 she went into full time private practice, at which time she was invited to join the Yale Faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She most cherished working with her clients, as well as teaching the Residents in Psychiatry at the Medical School. Her work held immense importance to her. Mrs. Lyon is the widow of John W. Lyon; mother of her beloved son, C. Bruce Gambardella and her daughter, Marilyn and grandmother of Bethany and April, who brought sunshine into her life and made even the darkest winter days feel like springtime. Her friends gave her much joy and comfort, may they be blessed. To all the other people who crossed her life's path, much gratitude and warmest wishes. It was her wish that there be neither a funeral nor memorial service, but rather that persons who felt close to her take a reflective walk in the sunshine (her favorite hobby) in her memory, while rejoicing in the wonders of nature and in the beauty of life. Luciana was an active and supportive member of the National Association of Social Workers for over 40 years. Befittingly, she requested that if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the National Association of Social Workers Foundation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 to support their scholarship programs.

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  1. Dear Bruce, Marilyn, Bethany and April, I loved Luciana so much. And of course so did my mom. Luciana was my mom’s dearest and best friend, her confidant and as beloved as a sister. I have the fondest memories of growing up with Luciana in my life. I idolized her, so elegant, intelligent, kind and beautiful. My mom, my grandmother, grandfather, my sister and brother, my dad, my aunts and cousins all loved you, Bruce and Luciana as family. Mom always assured me that Luciana was my Godmother and I was so happy for that. She has made a lasting impression on me. I can only imagine how much you miss her. All my love to you, Naomi Gandelman Bonsignore

  2. Dear Bruce, Marilyn, Bethany and April, I was deeply saddened to learn of Luciana’s passing and would like to express my sincere sympathy to you. I will always remember Luciana for her great kindness and compassion towards others. I will never forget the Christmas Eves spent at your mom’s house, the summer visits to Lake Hayward and Luciana’s frequent visits to our home. Luciana had a beautiful relationship with my grandmother, me and my siblings, aunts, cousins and she was my mother’s best friend and my mother loved her as if she were her sister. I hope you will find peace and comfort in your memories. Love, Martha Gandelman

  3. Dear Bruce, Marilyn, Bethany and April, Luciana was at so many of our Krivonos family gatherings I thought she was our relative until I was five or six years old. We all loved her, especially my grandmother, Rae Krivonos. She made a tremendous impression on me from a young age and inspired me in so many ways. My deepest sympathies to you all. Sandy Kalison Peccerillo

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