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Mary Albanetti

Mary Albanetti passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, April 17, 2011 after a long illness. She was the widow of Ardowino "Artie" Albanetti. Mary Jean Severini Albanetti was born on October 8, 1916 to Italian immigrants Antonia Belbusti and Crescentino "Charlie" Severini of Ridgefield, CT. Her father was a stone mason who participated in the construction of many landmark stone buildings in the area, including the former Red Lion Restaurant in Ridgefield and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Brookfield. She was raised with a sister and two brothers who have predeceased her: Sistina Albanetti (Maydo), Reno Severini (Trieste), and Janaile Severini (Helen). When the Great Depression occurred, Mary left Ridgefield High School to help earn money to support her family. During that time she met the love of her life, Ardowino "Artie" Albanetti. She and Artie courted until World War II interrupted their lives for three years while Artie was sent to the South Pacific as a medic with the US Army. When he returned after the war, they were wed at St. Mary Church in Ridgefield. They made their home in Danbury where they raised two sons, Edward J. (Jessie) and Thomas E. (Theresa), both of Danbury, and enjoyed 38 years of marriage until Artie's death in 1984. Mary was a parishioner of St. Peter Church in Danbury and, for many years, a member of its Ladies Guild. She was also a member of AARP Chapter 1847 where she served for many years as the organizer of the group's annual picnic. In 1966, Mary started working in the Danbury School Lunch Program where she remained for forty-three years until her health began to fail. On her 92nd birthday, she was regaled with a party that included a huge cake and the attendance of dozens of students and school officials at Danbury High School. The party was reported in the News-Times and capped a long career devoted to the nutritional well-being of Danbury students. Mary enjoyed the blessing of three grandsons, Thomas Jr. (Sarah) of Burtonsville, MD, Gregory of Los Angeles, CA, and Charles (Elizabeth) of Albany, NY, to whom she devoted many hours of love and caring. Their love of food and cooking was instilled, in part, in Mary's kitchen under her patient guidance. Mary is also survived by several cousins and many nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by all. The Liturgy of The Word will be celebrated at St. Peter Church on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western CT, 405 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-4710.



Published in News Times on Apr. 19, 2011
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