Olga Scillieri Obituary

Olga Rita Scillieri
Olga Rita Scillieri

July 21, 1920 - March 22, 2008
Born in Paterson, NJ
Resided in Waterford, CT


Waterford - Olga Rita (Picazio) Scillieri of Waterford and Vero Beach, Fla., has died.
She was born July 21, 1920 in Paterson, N.J., the fourth of seven children of Harry and Ada Picazio. She graduated from NFA in 1938, the family having moved to Connecticut after her father's silk mill in Paterson was bankrupted by the Depression.

Mrs. Scillieri was blessed with good health and good fortune throughout her life. She was on Ocean Beach when the '38 Hurricane came ashore, spending that night huddled in one of the few buildings not demolished by the storm.

She met her husband John Scillieri at the pharmacy across from Paterson General Hospital where she received her training to become a registered nurse. They were married at St Joseph's Church in New London in 1942 and spent the war years together at Army hospitals in Daytona and Palm Beach, Fla. She always maintained that her prayers to St. Jude explained why her husband's name was repeatedly struck from troop embarkation lists to the European theater. They were married 61 years before his death in 2003.

They raised two sons, John and Peter. She devoted herself to their care and development, enjoying the success shared by many Americans in the 1950's and '60's. Her home in Waterford was a summer camp for her Jersey relations and their children, who would stay with Aunty Olga for weeks at 'the shore', going to the beach and stuffing themselves on her gnocchi, strawberry shortcakes and pecan pies.

She was a member of the Oswegatchie Garden Club and the New London Country Club. She played her last round in November, 2007, a testament to her lifelong vigor, her passion for the game and her delight in being outdoors under a blue sky.

Although a shadow was cast upon her life when her son John, a much-loved school teacher in Waterford, died at 42, leaving a wife and two young children, the passage of time, her sweet and hopeful disposition and the love she continued to give and receive from her husband and family ultimately revived her. She lived to see those children become successful adults, celebrating the birth of her second great-grandchild in the final week of her life. In those last days she watched a dvd of photos of the newborn over and over.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Harry, Frank, Theodore and Alfred, and survived by her sisters, Mercedes Stanners of Stuart, Fla., and Letizia Smith of Uncasville; as well as by her daughters-in-law, Margaret Scillieri and Barbara Parish Scillieri of Waterford; her son, Peter and his companion, Miriam Wholean; her grandchildren, Julie Blake of Stoughton, Mass., and John Scillieri, of Clinton; her great-grandchildren, Jasper and Zoe Blake; a host of nieces and nephews; and by Susan Parish and "Ben the Shepard", who kept her company throughout her last winter.

At Mrs. Scillieri's request there are no calling hours. However, there will be a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28th, followed by a gathering and remembrance for friends and family at The Lighthouse Inn to which all are invited.

Please omit flowers. Donations to Hospice of Southeastern CT are encouraged.

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St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, March 29, 2008
10:00 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, March 29, 2008

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