Wilette "Willie" Pearson

wilette pearson

April 14, 1935 ~ July 30, 2021

Born in: Cambridge, MA
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Wilette “Willie” Pearson, 86, a long-time resident of Hamden, passed away on July 30, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Henry A. Pearson and the daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline Ralston Lentino. She is survived by her twin daughters, Caroline Farless of Petaluma, CA and Liz Rossomando of West Hartford, two sons-in-law, Lee Farless and Raymond Rossomando, Jr., and a grandchild, Zoe Rossomando. She was born on April 14, 1935 in Cambridge, MA. As a young girl, she was educated in Vassalboro, Maine, where she developed her interests in horseback riding and painting. After graduating from Stephens College in Missouri, she moved to New York City to work as a legal assistant for a prominent attorney. At that time she met her future husband, Henry Pearson, and then raised their daughters. After caring for her husband, who passed away from Multiple Sclerosis and cancer, for over 35 years, Willie dedicated her life to advocating for those with disabilities. She was a member of the Center for Disability Rights for 25 years. She supported many organizations that provided services for disabled veterans and served as past Co-President of the New Haven Stroke Club with her late partner Joseph Galluzzi, Sr. She was also a beloved member and friend of Hamden Plains United Methodist Church for over 48 years.
Her greatest love was her family. She was the kindest soul who found joy in many things that others might take for granted, whether bopping to a live band, sitting with her family having a lobster roll and ice cream, or simply looking out over the ocean. Her love for life showed through and was contagious to those around her. She greeted everyone with a welcoming smile and filled many hearts with unconditional love and compassion.
Friends are invited to visit with Willie’s family on Friday, August 6th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, 15 Church St., Hamden. A Funeral Service celebrating her life will continue in the church at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the church service is available here. Use passcode ^!hQ0@3# when prompted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06516. Please state “Wilette Pearson Memorial” in the memo. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.


Visitation: August 6, 2021 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Hamden Plains United Methodist Church
15 Church Street
Hamden, CT 06514


Funeral Service: August 6, 2021 10:30 am

Hamden Plains United Methodist Church
15 Church Street
Hamden, CT 06514


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    • Thanks so much for driving up from NJ to be at my mom’s celebration of life and for your unconditional love and support during such a difficult time! ❤️

    • Thanks so much Robin, Ira and Ted. My mom loved you like you were her own children. Thanks for all the wonderful things you did for her when she would visit. She always looked forward to seeing you❤️

  1. Our hearts are full in the passing of your mother. She was a sweet lady . Please know that our thoughts and prayers are for you Carolina,Liz, Zoe and extended family.

    • Thanks so much Mama Donna and Papa Roland. I am so glad my sister has such wonderful in-laws in her life. Lee has been such an amazing support to us during such a difficult time as well. Love to you all! ❤️

  2. I am sadden to learn of the passing of your mother and grandmother. Wilette was a sweet and kind person. My thoughts and prayers are with you Caroline,Liz, and Zoe.

    • Thanks so much Sharon for your kind words. She was the most wonderful mom, Grammie and friend. I know she loved seeing you guys when we took her to Florida. ❤️

  3. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Caroline and Elizabeth!! We lived across from you for 38 years and you were great neighbors. May Wilette rest in peace with God!! Our love to you and your family.
    Bill, Janet, Billy and Laura Alling

  4. Our prayers and condolences to you Caroline and Elizabeth for your loss. We lived across the street from you for 38 years and you were great neighbors. May Wilette rest in peace with God!!!
    Bill, Janet, Billy and Laura Alling

    • Thank you so much Alling family! So nice to hear from you. You were wonderful neighbors as well. We are devastated by her loss, as it was unexpected, but we were with her as she passed away peacefully. She lived a good life and was deeply loved by many. Hoping you are all doing well.

  5. Wilette’s family & our family are very close as we have been friends for over 60
    Years. We stayed at her house many times & they did the same at our house in Hollywood, FL. After Henry passed away, Wilette became close to Joe. After Carole passed away, Barbara came along. Both families will miss her. She was a great & wonderful person.

    • Thank you Stanley and Barbara! She loved you very much and was so grateful for the times she spent with you in Florida. We are devastated by her loss, but she is in peace now and is probably catching up with my dad, Carol and Joe. Thanks for being such wonderful friends! ❤️

  6. Wilette was part of Miller Senior Center family enjoying all the special parties and events especially when there was music! We will miss her and her smile dearly and the chats of her family trips which made her eyes light up as she described her travels— she loved was so loved.


    • Thanks so much Suzanne! She loved her senior center family. She would call us to tell us all about the fun events! Thank you for making her senior life so enjoyable! ❤️

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