Luigi " Gino " Rafala 83 of Middletown beloved husband of Rosetta (Marchese) Rafala passed away on Monday, January 7, after a brief illness. He was born on October 27, 1929 in Melilli, Italy the son of the late Sebastian and Carmela (DiMauro) Rafala. Luigi is survived by his loving family 3 daughters Carmen (Rafala) Benoit and her husband Wayne of Rocky Hill, Eda (Rafala) Taylor and her husband Bill of Middletown, Loretta (Rafala) Tringali and her husband David of Middletown. 2 sisters Elena (Rafala Lastrina and Rosetta (Rafala) Colucci both of California. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren, Shawn and Tanya Benoit, Justin and Ryan Taylor, Christopher Tringali, Melissa (Tringali) Eldridge and her husband Richie. Nonno as he was affectionately known enjoyed spending time with his adoring great grandchildren Tayla and Yasmyn Rutkowski of Rocky Hill. Jordan, Madison and Brianna Eldridge of Middletown. He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.
The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Sebastian Church, 155 Washington St., Middletown, Ct. 06457