Nazzareno 'Chris' J. Grestini, age 97, of Hamden, passed away on June 18, 2013. He was the husband of the late Mafalda 'Mae' Ferrara Grestini. Nazzareno was born in New Haven on May 3, 1916, a son of the late Dante & Valentina Cornacchini Grestini. He is the loving father of Beverly Maturo & her husband John of Hamden, Valerie Bodie & her husband Kevin of Hamden, John Grestini & his late wife Rosemary of New Haven and Edward Grestini & his wife Lauren of Wallingford. He also is survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Nazzareno was predeceased by his brother David Grestini. Chris worked over 40 years for the United Illuminating Co, retiring as an inspector. Chris was always proud of his Italian heritage; he was a member of the Marchigiana Society of New Haven and the Sons of Italy. Chris was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post # 88. Nazzareno was an avid UCONN Women's Basketball Fan. Chris' family would like to thank the staff of Whitney Manor for their compassionate care he received. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Saturday, June 22, at 9:00 AM, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Ave., Friends may also visit with his family on Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will take place in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Raphael Hospital Foundation, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Bev, I just heard about your dad. My condolences to you and your entire family. I always enjoyed talking with your dad during our family visits. He was a great guy and a loyal Yankee fan. Tommy

  2. My .second Dad. , I will miss you, but am comforted to know you are reunited with Auntie Mae. You were an important part of my life and I thank you for your love and acceptance. I am sorry that I am not able to attend your services, I so wish I could. Please know that my heart and thoughts were with you all. My sympathy and hugs to Val,Kevin,Beverly, John, Eddie, Lauren, and all grandchildren. Love Debi

  3. So sorry for your loss – may you find comfort in your family and friends at this sad time. The Duffy Family, friends of Tonia/Lou Speringo and John Grestini

  4. Uncle Ned we had many great and loving times. My heart goes out to Bev, Val, John and Edie and familia’s….. with love Loretta

  5. You were .big poppy. to me and I will miss you dearly. I always felt loved and accepted by you as one of your grandchildren and I will never forget you! I am so glad you got a chance to meet our son Hunter. I will make sure that he knows all about you. Peace, Andrea

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