February 26, 2020
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Viola Petriccione DeFelice

East Haven

Published Feb. 13, 2020 • Last Updated 03:43 p.m., Feb. 13, 2020

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Viola Petriccione DeFelice, 92, of East Haven died Feb. 10 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving and cherished wife of 55 years to the late Frank “Chick” DeFelice.

She was the loving mother of Diane (Frank) DePino of Hamden, Mark (Deborah) DeFelice of North Branford, Laura (Edward) Fitzgerald of New Haven, and Rosemarie (Brian) Higgins of North Branford. She was the loving grandmother of Megan and Edward Fitzgerald, Cassandra DeFelice, and Lauren, Tyan, Jordan, Justin, Nathan, and Joshua Higgins. Viola was born in Hamden July 17, 1927, a daughter of the late Dominic and Catherine Caserta Petriccione. She was the sister of the late Julia Petriccione, Rose Reiben, and Joseph Petriccione. She also leaves a special friend and neighbor, Ann Hamilton.

Viola graduated from Hamden High School in 1945 and prior to her retirement she worked for the former Robby Len Fashions. She was a woman of great faith who attended daily Mass and took care of her neighbors. She loved traveling, walking, cooking, baking, listening to Italian music, and feeding everyone. Viola was a very proud grandmother who attended all her grandchildren’s events. She was an avid UConn and Yankees fan.

A special thank you to Dr. Iwona Lacka and her staff, VNA Hospice, and her special caregivers who allowed her to stay at home. We encourage you to wear purple, which was Mom’s favorite color.

Her funeral procession will leave the Porto Funeral Home, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80), East Haven, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in the St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call Feb. 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The Orchard House at, or the Alzheimers Association at For an online obituary or to sign Viola’s guest book, visit

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