Margaret H. Dignoti

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Margaret H. Dignoti, 78, of Newington, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

Born July 20, 1936, in Hartford, Margaret was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Preston) Higgins. A champion for individuals with disabilities, Margaret enjoyed a long and successful career as the executive director for ARC, a nonprofit advocacy group in Hartford. During her career with ARC, Margaret received the Executive Excellence Award at the National Conference of Executives in 2004. A staunch Democrat, Margaret was very involved in politics and supported the Democratic Party by volunteering countless hours.

Margaret is survived by her sons, Paul Joseph Dignoti of Hartford, Robert Preston Dignoti of Newington, D.J. Dignoti of West Hartford; her siblings, Jack Higgins of Texas, Jim Higgins and his wife, Carol, of Florida, and Kathy Jarvis of South Windsor; her granddaughter Gabrielle Dignoti of New York; her brother-in-law, Lou Martocchio; sister-in-law, Diana Higgins; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Peter Higgins; and sisters, Mary Martocchio, Martha Gagne and her husband, Richard E. Gagne.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, from 2 to 5 p.m. Burial will be held privately.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Margaret's memory to the Arc of CT, 43 Woodland Street, Suite 260, Hartford, CT 06105.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, 2014
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