Valia C. Fusco, age 92, of Hamden, loving wife of the late William Fusco, passed away on April 3, 2020 at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden. Daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta Navarretta Affinito; she is survived by her daughter Judy Thibault (Michael) of North Haven, son Ronald Fusco (Patricia) of East Haven, sister Alma Esposito of Hamden, granddaughters Danielle Kowalczyk (Paul) of Milford and Bianca Marques (Matthew) of Durham, and sister-in-law Andrea Affinito. She is predeceased by her brother, Louis Affinito. Born in New Haven in 1927 on the Fourth of July, Valia was a proud patriot and true firecracker. She proudly volunteered at St. Raphael's Hospital as a candy striper while attending high school at Commercial High in New Haven. Valia married her Navy veteran sweetheart and professionally went on to work in claims at Century Insurance Company on Hartford Turnpike but was a performer at heart. She had a passion for dance; having performed on Broadway in her early years, polka danced in New Britain on Sundays with 'my Bill,' and tapped on many stages as a Twilight Tapper in Hamden. Her greatest joy was becoming a great-grandma (Gigi) in 2019 to Avery Marques and Cameron Kowalczyk, who she had the opportunity to care for and watch grow through their first milestones. Services are being privately held at St. Lawrence Mausoleum in West Haven, where she will be laid to rest with her husband William. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or by going to

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  1. I’m so thankful for the time we got together and that you got to become a Gigi to Cameron. You are missed. We will all carry your memory on <3

  2. Judy & Family- I am so sorry for your loss When tomorrow starts without me And I’m not here to see If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me I wish you wouldn’t cry The Way you did today While thinking of the many things We did not get to say I know how much you love me As much as I love you Each time that you think of me I know you will miss me too When tomorrow starts with out me Please try to understand That an angel came and called my name And took me by the hand The angel said my place was ready In heaven far above And That I would have to leave behind All those I Dearly Love But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates I felt so much at home When GOD looked down and smiled at me From his golden throne He said This Is Eternity And All I promised you Today for life on earth is done But Here it starts a new I promise no tomorrow For today will always last And Since each day’s the exact same way There is no longing for the past So When Tomorrow starts without me Do not think we’re apart For every time you think of me Remember I’m right here in your heart Author: David M Romano

  3. mom – I miss you so much – thank you for always loving me and always being there for me. who is going to rub my legs when they are tired and tell me all the goings on in the neighborhood from the front window. i will always see your beautiful smile and wave when i leave my driveway .. til i kiss you again – your daughter judy

  4. Mom we will both miss you! You have always loved and looked out for us. We will always remember your happy energy . Especially when you would spontaneously burst out into song and dance . Not one birthday will go by without us thinking of you . We both wish we could have heard you sing your birthday song again . It made us smile to see you so happy . Life will not be the same without you ! Your son Ron and daughter in law isha

  5. My heart aches over this sad news . Val always had a smile on her face and always made me have a smile on mine . Fond memories of my time with alma and Val. We used to dance as I sang – My eyes Adore you – to both of them. I am sure my dad was there to put his arms around here and give her a hug from me . My family and I send our love to Julie and Mike . The heavens surly gained a great loving angel. With love Randy Dlesk And family

  6. Grandma, not a day will go by without you on my mind. Your unconditional love, endless energy, and vivacious spirit will live on through the family that you adored. I’m so happy you got to meet Avery, she loved days with you. I know you will be watching her grow and I will be sure to sing -Where’s the Light- a few times for you.

  7. Judy and Ron, We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mom. Your mom and Alma were inseparable and the best thing for each other. We will miss her smile, her kindness and her genuine affection toward everyone she came in contact with. Lucien and Joan Rizzo

  8. She had a song for every occasion, a compliment always queued up, and an eternal smile. I am blessed to have been welcomed into her family. We will forever miss her positivity, energy, and kindness.

  9. Miss you Val and the morning visits with your sister Alma on judy’ s porch.and all the other times when you asked me to look up information about people we knew years ago in new haven. The day you mentioned to me that you took dancinglessons with my mom was the best. I can only hope that you are bothhaving a good time dancing and meeting up with many old friends in heaven.

  10. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She lit up a room with her vivacious spirit and love. Our deepest condolences to all of you.
    With love and sympathy, Mike and Lori Fusco

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