Maria Carmel Marciano, 63, passed away at her home in California on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Born December 11, 1948 in New Haven, she was a daughter of Thomas A. Marciano of Guilford and the late Carmel Possidente Marciano. She is survived by her loving husband, Don Collins. She was pre-deceased by her much-loved brother Thomas A. Marciano, Jr. Loving sister of Jane (Jeff) Yates, Nancy (Joseph) Taste, Judi (Jim) Marciano, Carla (John) Marciano, Annette (Ken) Bigos, and Bethanne (George) Benfield. Loving aunt of Kristin (Craig) McCarthy, Shannon, Tyler, and Michael Yates, David and Wayne Murray, Marciano, Marc (Ashley), and Michael Boudreau, Joseph, Juliet, Jacob, and Janeanne Levenstein, Judith (Michael) Corry, David Gonsalves, Joshua (Carmen), Joseph, Kristopher, Shawn (Kizzy), and Brandon (Melissa) Bigos, Candice Guilmette, Thomas, Robert, and Arielle Benfield, and loving great-aunt of Angelina Rose, Talula Carmel, Rylie Nicole, Braden, Kasen, and Zachary. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who also loved her dearly. She will be greatly missed by all.
Maria grew up in Branford, and received her undergraduate and masters degrees from UCONN. While living in Chicago for many years, she owned her own corporate recruiting firm. She was very generous and hospitable sharing her beloved city of Chicago with family and friends. Maria loved to travel the world, and she visited England, most of Europe, Hawaii, Egypt, and most recently, China. She was devoted to her family, full of life, and had a wonderful sense of style, with a flair for coordinating her hats with her outfit. Her passions included music, gourmet cooking, gardening and playing with her dog, Tari. Maria lived life to the fullest.
Family and friends may call Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery, 295 East Main Street, Branford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 2121 South Towne Centre Place, Suite 300, Anaheim, CA 92806 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.