February 26, 2020
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Yvonne M. Avidano Tienken

North Haven

Published Feb. 13, 2020 • Last Updated 02:07 p.m., Feb. 13, 2020

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Yvonne M. Avidano Tienken, 77, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Feb. 10 at the Arden House, Hamden. She was the beloved wife of the late William C. Tienken, Sr. Yvonne was born in New Haven on Aug. 3, 1942, the daughter of the late Julio and Rose Vacca Avidano.

She worked as a purchaser for Brescome-Barton of North Haven for 40 years until her retirement. She loved being outside, especially her gardening. Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren whom she loved unconditionally.

She was the mother of Susan F. Tienken, Kristina M. DeNegre (Christopher), and William C. Tienken, Jr. (Tina); and the grandmother of Amanda Marie Jung, Jordyn Michele Sheeley, Eryn Rose Sheeley, Gina Marie Tienken, and Frankie Charles Tienken. She was the sister of Janet Melillo (William). She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and her dog Bella.

The visiting hours will be Feb. 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Havens Family, North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave. Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Ste. 4B, Southington, CT 06489. For an online obituary, visit

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