Shirley Jean DeLeonardo, 92, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2019. She was born in New Haven on July 19, 1926 to the late George and Esther Anderson Sullis. Shirley grew up in New Haven before attending the Stone Academy. She had been a resident of Hamden for over 60 years and was a longtime parishioner of Grace & St. Peter's Church. She had enjoyed traveling with her friends, having girls night on Friday evenings, and golf. Shirley will be remembered by her daughter, Betsy D'Amico and her husband Fred of Hamden; her son, David DeLeonardo of Hamden; grandchildren, Marissa, Sarah, and Nicholas D'Amico and Nicholas DeLeonardo, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister, Betty Kelly. Friends may visit with her family on Monday, February 25th at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., prior to her service in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park. To make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in Shirley's memory, go to

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  1. Betsy and David, I was so saddened to hear about your Mom. She was such a peach. I remember so many fond memories of 4th of July fireworks at her house. She was such an amazing woman and just such a kind person. My condolences to you both on her passing.

    Ellen O’Connell

  2. Dear Children of Shirley,

    My dearly beloved Mother was Catherine Gunn Dinnean who is here on the Beecher and Bennett website near you to your beloved Mother. They were friends from SNET. While going through things looking for something I wanted for my Mother’s Memorial Mass , I found a photograph of my Mother, your Mother and their friend, Lois Macuga, taken in Vermont. Our dear Mother’s would travel together to Queeche, Vermont to visit Lois for a few days , sometimes a few times a year, in those lively, healthy years they had after their retirement. I will let Lois know your Mother died when I write her about my Mother’s death. As my Mother always signed, -Love and God Bless-. I wish you peace of mind and heart. Blessings, Cornelia Gunn Dinnean, Katie’s daughter.

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