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Article Published May 11, 2021

Janet Melillo

Janet Melillo, 70, of Branford passed away peacefully at home on May 5. She was born on Dec. 31, 1950, in New Haven to Viola and Vincent Melillo of Branford.

Janet is survived by her beloved son Vincent (wife Maria) and two grandchildren, Gaetano and Pamina Adinolfi; her brothers Joseph V. Melillo of New York City and Gary Melillo (wife Meg) of Guilford; sisters Camille Stevens of Branford and Susan Basile (husband Michael) of Branford; her nieces Jacquelyn Basile Nashville and Brooke Bajda (husband Joseph) of Stratford; and nephews Max Melillo (wife Eri) of New York City and Joseph Basile (wife Tara) of Branford.

Janet was a longtime resident of Branford. She taught theater arts in New Haven before broadening her teaching career. Janet taught at John B. Sliney School for more than 25 years and brought her zest for life to every class she taught.

Family and friends will forever remember her passion for family, food, and the ocean. She was known for her infectious laugh and generous heart. Janet had a wonderful sense of humor and creative spirit, and her beautiful singing voice that she shared with many local choirs will be sorely missed.

Services and burial will be held privately. A celebration of Janet’s life to commemorate her contagious enthusiasm and many accomplishments will be forth coming. It will be announced on social media.

In lieu of flowers, a monetary donation can be made to John B. Sliney School, 23 Eades Street, Branford, CT. 06405 c/o Gary Melillo towards the purchase of a bench to be placed in the playground in her honor. Please see her online memorial at