East Lyme - Connie Annette Maffeo, 66, of Niantic, formerly of Simsbury, died Friday afternoon, May 10, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, surrounded by her family. She fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for 20 months.
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She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on May 1, 1947, to her parents, the late Vito and Norma (Viesti) Dell'Accio.
Connie graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels High School, Ft. Lee, N.J., in 1965. From there she went to Duquesne University, where she graduated in 1969 magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in education. She then attended graduate school at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) where she received a master's degree in education in 1973.
Connie was an elementary school teacher for three years before becoming a full time mother. Connie re-entered the work force and eventually became the director of the Business Response Center at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, where she worked for 20 years until the time of her death. She affectionately referred to them as her "second family." While there, she received the Member of the Year Award from CEDAS (Connecticut Economic Development Association).
Connie strongly believed in helping others, raising funds for the American Cancer Society and the ABC House in Simsbury. She had been a member of the Simsbury PTO and had been a reporter for the Simsbury High School Crew Team.
Connie's life revolved around her family; spending countless hours at crew races and baseball parks, always being the most enthusiastic cheerleader. She loved her grandchildren, known to them as Meme. Connie loved watching Joey play the guitar, Jenny ice skate, Elizabeth entertain everyone, and Charlie's infectious smile.
She is survived by the love of her life, husband of 43 years, Gilbert Maffeo Jr. She is also survived by a daughter, Sharon Russas and husband, Joe, of Falmouth, Mass.; a son, Gilbert Maffeo III and wife, Lisa, of Oakdale; two brothers,William Dell'Accio and wife, Elizabeth, of Little Elm, Texas; and Dennis Dell'Accio and wife, Janet, of West Hartford; four grandchildren; six nephews; sister-in-law, Judy Stall of Wilmington, Ohio; mother-in-law, Mary Maffeo of Pittsburgh, Pa., who viewed her as a second daughter; and countless friends and family.
Connie touched the lives of so many people. She will be missed mostly for her compassion and zest for life.
On behalf of Connie, her family would like to thank her co-workers at CERC and the oncology staff at St. Francis Hospital for their support and kindness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Agnes Church, Haig Ave., Niantic, with interment to follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Oncology Department at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford.
Condolence messages may be left on Mrs. Maffeo's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand St Niantic, CT 06357
Published in The Day on May 13, 2013