Dee Altieri, 79, of Fairview Drive in Madison, died peacefully on Monday, February 2, 2009 at Connecticut Hospice. Dee taught elementary school in Guilford for many years at Calvin Leete and Guilford Lakes Schools; at the former, she was known to her students as “Mrs. Ardito.” Though she retired from teaching in 1989, she served as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University until 2008, supervising student teachers and sharing her love for, and expertise in, public education.
Dee earned a B.S. in education at SCSU and a Master of Ed. from UConn. She moved to Guilford in 1968 with her family. She was an avid tennis player and particularly enjoyed mixed doubles, which she played for many years in Guilford. She was an enthusiastic bridge player; she played in tournaments throughout Connecticut, achieving the distinction of life master in contract bridge, and taught bridge classes in her retirement. She loved to travel and did so widely throughout her life, to Europe, Africa, Latin America, Canada and throughout the U.S. In later years she preferred cruises, embarking always with friends to such destinations as Alaska and the Caribbean. She was extremely warm and outgoing; loved parties, fine dining and good conversation; cherished her many friends and enjoyed making new acquaintances. She was interested in world culture and read widely on all subjects; she loved the performing arts, often attending shows at the Metropolitan Opera, Shubert Theater and on Broadway.
Dee was born in New Haven on June 17, 1929 as Dolores Mary Altieri, daughter of the late James Vincent and Mary (Tortora) Altieri. She will be forever missed by her two children, Holly Ardito of Melrose, Mass., and Thomas Ardito of Saunderstown, R.I., as well as her three loving grandchildren: Christa Ardito, Eli Lauzon-Ardito, and Emma Lauzon-Ardito. She is also survived by her devoted brother, James V. Altieri of East Haddam, and his family, whom she held very dear.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of remembrance at the First Congregational Church, 122 Broad St, Guilford, on Saturday, February 14 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St, Guilford, CT 06437 or Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443. Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com