Rosemary 'Mary' Civitello, 91, passed away peacefully August 11, 2018 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was born in New Haven on November 11, 1926 and raised in New Haven. Mary graduated from Commercial High School with honors and subsequently earned an MS degree from Southern CT State University. She was a beloved special reading teacher for many years at West Haven High School. Mary was known for her kindness and great love for animals and literature. She was also an avid cook and gardener. She was predeceased by her mother, Michelina A. Milone, father, Michael Civitello, sister, Fanny Kuchar, and nephew, Charlie Kuchar. She is survived by her devoted brother, Michael T. Civitello and wife Elaine of Westbrook, CT. She is also survived by her loving niece, Sheri Pasqualoni and husband Jay of Madison, CT, and niece Darlene Jones of Westbrook, who carries on Mary's tradition of Christmas Eve dinner. Mary is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews who will remember her love and faithfulness. Friends may visit with her family on Thursday, August 16th from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, prior to her Prayer Service beginning at 12:30 PM. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animal Haven, 89 Mill Rd., North Haven, CT 06473, or online at www.theanimalhavenct.org.

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  1. Giving my deepest condolences to Uncle Teddy and Auntie Elaine. She was always was smiling at our family gatherings. All my love and heartfelt thoughts and prayers as you all remember her in your own way. I will always remember her driving her Mustang with her Germany Shepard by her side…

  2. Miss Civitello I’ll never forgot English Class in Gianotti. We were not the best behaved students but you took it all with patience. Rest In Peace.

  3. Rosemary and I shared a long time friendship both when I lived in West Haven and when I would visit with her when I came from CA. She so enjoyed preparing lunch for myself and my husband, John, and would share her most recently read literature. Artist husband painted a picture of her dog which gave her great pleasure.
    May she rest in peace in Heaven. Jane Belbusti

  4. To Sheri and Jay. A friend who reads the Register told me about Aunt Mary’s passing. I love both of you for the consistent kindness and love you shared with Mary during the years we have been friends. You were always so considerate to her. A testament to the kind of people you are. Through you, Sheri, I got to know Mary, and recall meeting and speaking with her at Mitchell’s high school graduation party and then, again, at your beautiful Christmas dinner just this past year. And, based on the calls between the two of you I truly know how much love and respect you poured into your relationship with your Dad’s sister. You and Jay truly made her life much sweeter. Love you, Denise T.

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