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Mario Dante "Muzzy" Falsani, 82, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He entered into glory peacefully in his sleep, just as he had hoped he might, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after a long illness. Born in Milford, N.H., on Aug. 15, 1930, Mr. Falsani was the beloved husband of Helen (Page) Falsani for almost 50 years. He was the youngest son of Ceasar and Aida (Rocca)Falsani, who emigrated from Italy to New Hampshire before his birth, and was a resident of Shelton for nearly 30 years. Mr. Falsani was an educator for more than half a century, the majority of that time as a science and mathematics teacher in Greenwich, Conn., where he taught for many years at Central Junior High School and Greenwich High School, until his retirement in 1992. He went on to teach at St. Gabriel Middle School in Stamford from 2000 to 2006, and also was an instructor at Gateway Community College in New Haven. In the early 1960s, Mr. Falsani was a civilian teacher for the U.S. Air Force in Germany, where he met his bride and fellow educator, Helen. They were wed on June 29, 1963 in her hometown of Stamford, and together had a daughter and a son (who would become a journalist and a fighter pilot), upon whom he doted with great passion and pride. Mr. Falsani served his country in the U.S. Navy as a gun director from 1952 to 1955. He was a graduate of Keene State College and held several graduate degrees from Fairfield University and Columbia University in New York City, where he also did his doctoral work in education. A lifelong music and film buff who followed politics as if it were a professional sport, Mr. Falsani was known for his dry sense of humor and quick wit, endless generosity and kindness, absolute devotion to his family and humble faith. He was a trustee of Word of God Christian Church in Fairfield. In addition to his wife, Helen, whom he adored, Mr. Falsani is survived by his son, Maj. Mark D. Falsani (USAF) of Boise, Idaho; his daughter, Cathleen Falsani Possley, her husband, Maurice Possley, and his grandson, Vasco Fitzmaurice Mark David Possley, of Laguna Beach Calif. He leaves behind a brother, Umberto Falsani of New Hampshire, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Falsani was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Ceasar Falsani of Florida; and his sister, Joan Tafe of New Hampshire. Friends may call on Mrs. Falsani and the children from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. A celebration of Mr. Falsani's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church of Shelton, 188 Rocky Rest Road, co-officiated by the Rev. Ian Morgan Cron and the Rev. Diane Jones. Burial will follow with full military honors at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org), One Intrepid Square West 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036. Condolences to Mr. Falsani's family may be posted at www.riverviewfh.com.
Published in GreenwichTime on Nov. 18, 2012