Mary Lou Civello, 94, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Evergreen Health Care Center in Stafford.
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Born June 5, 1919, in Gorham, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John W. Cleland and Florence (Philips). On Dec. 6, 1941, Mary was united in marriage to Charles W. Civello, who preceded her death on March 3, 1977. Mary was a longtime resident of Somers and was a member of Somers Congregational Church. She was also a longtime member of the Somers Village Players. Mary Lou was a graduate of both the Rochester Business Institute and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, where she earned a certificate in oral hygiene. She also studied painting at the College of Fine Arts, Syracuse University. She enjoyed her family and many friends, playing bridge, reading mystery novels, and water color painting. Her love for reading was reflected in her life; she was a children's librarian at the Somers Public Library and Enfield Street School. She was also a literacy volunteer.
Mary Lou leaves behind three loving sons: John "Whit" Civello and his wife, Elisa, of Orrs Island, Maine, their three daughters, Christine Oliveira, Marie Joyce, and Kimberly Gibb; Bill Civello and his wife, Debbie, of Stafford Springs, and their sons, Michael Civello and Christopher Civello; Robert Civello and his wife, Tammy, of Coarsegold, Calif., and his children, Terri-Ann Horan, Jim Civello, and Stacey Lee Civello. She also leaves four great-grandaughters; Annelisa and Elizabeth Joyce, Sophia Oliveira, and Mairi Gibb.
Funeral services for Mary Lou will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at the Somers Funeral Home, 345 Main St., with burial to follow at Old West Cemetery, Main Street, both in Somers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary Lou's name may be made to the Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Blvd., Somers, CT 06071, to help enhance the children's reading selections.
To leave an online condolence or for directions, please visit
Somers Funeral Home
354 Main Street
Somers, CT 06071
Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, 2013