November 11, 1926 ~ August 11, 2018
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.