New London - With the cherubic choir announcing her arrival, Genevieve Catherine Jullarine Pescatello made her well-deserved entry into heaven. Genevieve left this life on May 21, 2008 at Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine where her son Michael is the administrator.
Greeted by her husband, John Michael Pescatello, daughter, Jane Rosemary Padilla and Whitey (the infamous and special family dog of 18 years), Genevieve was met by numerous friends and relatives who preceded her to eternal glory. She received many saintly accolades trumpeting her culinary skills as she marched towards the throne of God with a truckload of tasty specialties.
In her usual generous style, she presented a pan of her famous lasagna to her Heavenly Father. Requesting the assistance of His Beloved Son, God the Father directed that the earthly gift of lasagna be blessed and distributed to the multitudes. Saint Peter working on his third helping and thanking God for Jesus' "miracle" was overheard saying, "finally, we got someone who can cook!"
Genevieve was born in New London on May 2, 1920, the sixth and youngest child of the late Maria and Michael Jullarine. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Charles Chiapponel and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Philip and Mary, Joseph and Veronica Jullarine. She was also preceded in death by her infant brother, Louis and her beloved sister, Rose Mary Jullarine and her sisters-and-brother-in-law, Rose Pescatello and Mary and Michael Hallisey.
Genevieve met and fell deeply in love with the late John Michael Pescatello. They were married on June 24, 1943 in St. Mary's Church Star of the Sea Church in New London. Together they had three children, Jane Rosemary Padilla who passed away in September 1997, Michael John Pescatello of Falmouth, Maine, and Mari Pescatello Merritt of Niantic.
She will be deeply missed by Diana Ketner; son-in-law, Michael Merritt; and her beloved grandchildren, Zaida Cutler, Rachel and Harrington Henry, Ericka and Carlos Romero, Jonathan Merritt, Bethany and Nelson Pabone and Cait-Len and Todd Williamson; and great-grandchildren, Cassie, Gabrielle, Samuel Adams, Ariana, Navina, CJ and Lilly.
In addition to her family, Genevieve leaves behind her many dear nephews, nieces and friends who were a very important part of her life, her special lifetime friend, Arlene Stoffel and special traveling buddy, Lillian Winakor.
In addition to being a famous cook and homemaker, Genevieve assisted the late Miss Mary Nahas at the New London Day Nursery where she spent twenty years. She loved working with young children who as middle-age adults still remember her today for her famous "pushers" and her special ability to get them to "like" liver and onions.
At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial celebrating Genevieve's life. The Mass will be held on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A special thanks to the staff at Hawthorne House, Freeport Place and Beacon Hospice for their kindness and care for Genevieve and her family.
Donations in Genevieve's memory can be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London, the New London Day Nursery, Vauxhall St., New London, or the charity of the donor's choice.