Anita Rose Falcone Shanoff, of North Branford, returned home to the Lord on Saturday September 1st at Connecticut Hospice, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Francis J. Shanoff Jr. for nearly 72 years.
Anita was born in New Haven September 23, 1925, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Giovannina Buonacore Falcone. She graduated from Commercial High School in June 1943. She was employed by Growers Outlet and as the bookkeeper at Eastern Steel in New Haven before devoting her life to raising her family. More recently she enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Anita is survived by her children, Francis J. Shanoff III (Donna) of Killingworth, Cynthia J. Kuziel (Michael) of Zephyrhills, FL, Dennis J. Shanoff (Susan) of Gilsum, NH, and Jennifer J. Parolise (Joseph Jr.) of Branford; nine grandchildren, Margaret Whiteman (Kirk IV), Diana Blair (Brian) both of Killingworth, Francis J. Shanoff IV (Theresa) of Melville, NY, Joseph Kuziel (Erica) and Michelle Montague (Matthew), both of Tampa, FL, Justine, Jolee, John and Joseph Parolise all of Branford; and six great-grandchildren, Olivia Whiteman, Evelyn Shanoff, Gabriel, Nathaniel and Amelia Blair and Benjamin Kuziel. She is also survived by her sister, Louise Arnone and sister-in-law Agatha (Anastasio) Falcone. She was predeceased by her siblings, Ralph, Louis, Ernest, Dominic and Benito Falcone, and Adeline DaSilva and Mary Pagano.
Anita’s family would like to thank the staffs at Connecticut Hospice and Branford Hills Health Care Center for the care given to her during her final days.
Visiting hours will be Thursday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. Her funeral will leave the funeral home Friday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
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