DeFeo , Monica
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Monica Christine DeFeo, 53, previously of Newtown, passed away in her new home in Scituate, Massachusetts after a hard fought battle with breast cancer. Monica was a loving and devoted wife to Joseph DeFeo and mother to three sons Chris, Mark and Joe and her dog, Rocky. Monica was born on August 17, 1959 in New York City to Josef and Fina Muller who both immigrated to America from Germany after World War II. Monica was raised in Danbury, Connecticut, andshe was a dedicated sister to her three siblings, Anne Murphy, Lore Di Chiaro, and Joe Muller. Her commitment to family, her emphasis on the importance of education, and her ability to have fun while caring for her family and friends and serving her community made her a person everyone loved. Monica loved gardening, skiing, and, in recent years, golfing, a sport where her determination and composure helped her to dominate the four men in her family on any golf course. Monica graduated from Danbury High School and Western Connecticut State University. She was a dedicated volunteer in the Newtown school systemand a devoted member ofSt. Rose of Lima Church. As her disease progressed, Monica became an active patient advocate, building and relying on a network of cancer professionals engaged in researching breast cancerand collaborating with her doctors to determinethe best care possible to balance her quality of life. She did not limit her activism to her own disease. To encourage others to take control of a seemingly uncontrollable illness, she became a patient advocate advisor with the Danbury Hospital Research Institute. In lieu of flowers, Monica asked that you make a small donation to theDanbury Hospital Research Institute, 131 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.This new institute is a unique organization with a mission to help develop new treatments for improving the quality of life for cancer patients as well as supporting the continued education for patients to help them learn to fight their disease. Monica wanted to be remembered as a fun loving, courageous fighter, not only for her life but for the quality of life that we all deserve. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown on Monday September 17th at 10:30am. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Scituate will be private. Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown Sunday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
Honan Funeral Home
58 Main Street Newtown, CT 06470
Published in News Times on Sept. 14, 2012