In CT Hospice April 29, 2008, Rose A. Rapuano Pannella, 92, wife of the late Salvatore D. Pannella of Orange. Mother of Rocco Pannella of Hamden, mother of Lucia Pannella with whom Rose resided in Orange, and Dolores (Gerald) Butcher of Orange. Grandmother of Bryan (Rebecca) Butcher and Susan (Richard) Reich and great grandmother of Brandon Butcher. Sister of the late Pasquale Rapuano and Philomena Lucibello. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Rose was born in New Haven. Daughter of the late Salvatore and Lucia Rapuano. She was co-owner with her husband of Puritan Cleaners on Dixwell Ave. in New Haven. In the 1950's Rose was President of St. John the Baptist Mother's Club. She was a member and player of the Michigan Rummy Club as well as being an avid reader. The funeral will be leaving BEECHER AND BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave. corner of Court Street, West Haven on Friday at 10:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange at 11 o'clock. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday from 9 to 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rose's name may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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  1. Dolores, It seems no one ever knows exactly what to say at a time like this. I want to say just the right words to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your mother and to promise there are reasons for all of life’s passages. I didn’t know your mother but I do know she was a wonderful woman because she raised a daughter who is loyal, compassionate and successful. May you find peace in your time of sorrow and joy in the memories of the days you had together.

  2. Dolores, Lucia and Rocco, We want to express our sincere sympathy durng this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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