December 12, 2019
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Celeste Gargiulo Copeland

North Branford

Published Aug. 08, 2019

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Celeste Gargiulo Copeland, 78, of North Branford, beloved wife of the late Raymond G. Copeland, Sr., passed away on Aug. 7 in the Masonicare Health Center surrounded by her family.

She was the loving mother of Raymond G. (Holly) Copeland, Jr., of Wallingford, William A. (June) Copeland of North Branford, Deborah (Elemer) Copeland of Meriden, Edward A. (Cara) Copeland of Meriden, and the late Carol Rene Copeland. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Anthony (Sandy) Gargiulo of Florida and the late Michael Gargiulo; and the sister-in-law of Carol Gargiulo of Wallingford. Celeste was born in New Haven on Dec. 28, 1940, daughter of the late John and Concetta Velardi Gargiulo.

Prior to her retirement Celeste was a unit secretary for Yale-New Haven Hospital. Celeste along with her late husband owned the former Copeland Pet Gallery of West Haven.

Her funeral procession will leave the Porto Funeral Home, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80), East Haven, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Parish at St. Augustine Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. Friends may call on Aug. 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For an online obituary or to sign Celeste’s guest book, visit

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