Antoinette "Tessie" Talamini

Antoinette "Tessie" Talamini, 93, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Steppen of Rockville. She lived most of her life in the Broad Brook area. Tessie worked many jobs before retiring from Sage-Allen store. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years, a past communicant of St. Catherine Church in Broad Brook, and former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Debbie Talamini; and granddaughter, Rebecca; sisters, Alice Farese, Margaret Zanks, Katherine Sperry, and brother, Joe Steppen, all of Connecticut; along with Frank and Albert Steppen of Ocala, Fla.; among numerous caring nieces and nephews. She also leaves son, Anthony Woronecki Jr.; and son, Richard Woronecki and family. Tessie was predeceased by her first husband, Anthony Woronecki (killed in World War II) and husband, Amerigo Talamini; brothers, Tony Steppen, John Steppen, Charlie Steppen; and sisters, Ann Fluckinger and Francis Margelony.

A special thanks to the nurses and aides at Woodlake Tolland who provided Tessie with comfort and care over the last few years.

Relatives and friends may join the family today, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville.

A funeral home service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Broad Brook.

The family requests memorial donations in Tessie's memory may be made to the Eastern Connecticut Health Network Foundation (marked for the Woodlake Tree of Caring), 71 Haynes St., Manchester CT 06040.

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Funeral Home

Burke-Fortin Funeral Home
76 Prospect Street Rockville, CT 06066-3226
(860) 875-5490

Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2014