Mary Therese (Masoian) Gavarrino

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Mary Therese (Masoian) Gavarrino, 86, of Vernon, loving wife of 62 years to Peter V. Gavarrino, passed away suddenly Friday, May 11, 2018, at Rockville General Hospital.

Born in New York, New York, the daughter of the late Dickran and Rose (Papazian) Masoian, she grew up and lived in Corona, Queens, New York, Ridgefield, and Manchester, before moving to Vernon 15 years ago. She was a graduate of Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in Norwalk. Mary was the executive secretary for the directors at the United Auto Workers, Region 9 in Farmington for 14 years before her retirement in 1997. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Rockville and was a member of the Rosary Society. Mary was a local volunteer for the American Red Cross and was a founding member and former co-chairperson of the social committee at Quail Hollow Two. She fondly remembered her time as organist for St. Mary's in Ridgefield. She loved singing, playing the piano, women's fashion, and especially doting on her grandchildren. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her beloved children, Melissa Gavarrino and her companion, Kent Smith, Paul Gavarrino and his companion, Holly Colby, Michelle DiPietro, and her husband, Anthony; two granddaughters whom she adored, Erika and Brooke DiPietro; a brother, Lee Masoian and his wife, Julie, of Texas; a sister, Alice Maurer of North Carolina, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Her family will receive friends for calling hours Wednesday, May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon.

Family and friends may gather at the funeral home Thursday, May 17, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 33 West St., Rockville. Burial will follow in Valley Falls Cemetery, Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary's memory may be made to The American Red Cross, , or a .

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Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Rd
Vernon, CT 06066
(860) 875-3536
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 14 to May 18, 2018
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