DICKESS, LUCILLE A. Lucille A. Dickess of Wallingford, CT died peacefully at home on February 21, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of Fred and Albertina Kavalowsky Apuzzo formerly of Hamden, CT. She was the mother of Frederick C. Dickess (Wendi) of Torrington, CT, Elysia A. Bates (James) of Plainfield, CT and Paula E. Sullo (Vincenzo G. "Jimmy") of East Haven, CT, grandmother of Rachel Vanderploeg (David) of Centennial, Colorado and Jesse Sanford (Christina) of Awasso, Oklahoma, and great grandmother of Max Vanderploeg. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lucille's family gratefully thank her friend and doctor, Dr. Mark David Siegel, Southeastern CT Hospice, and all of the wonderful caregivers that we have met along the way during the past few years. Special thanks to Lucille's neighbors Sharon and Sandy - "the girls." Lucille was born in New Haven, CT on March 26, 1934. She attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, CT and was a member of their second graduating class. She attended the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey and completed her bachelor of arts and master's degrees at Southern CT State University. After her children were born, she began work at Yale University. Lucille and a small band of friends organized the first clerical and technical worker's union at Yale. Local 34's first contract was ratified and recognized in 1985. She was elected as their first president. Her union activities led her to New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and the Phil Donahue Show. Lucille was also the founder of the Yale Unions Retirees Association. Her work for "the cause" was tireless and one of her proudest accomplishments. She retired from Yale University as the registrar of Geology and Geophysics in 1997. She spent her retirement traveling to China, Italy, San Francisco and enjoying family vacations at her favorite place, Sanibel-Captiva Island, Florida. Lucille loved to garden, watch movies, debate politics, read, shop for shoes, and laugh. She liked all kinds of music and loved to dance. She was bemused by today's technology. In her final days, she had the opportunity to read from a Kindle ("but how do the books get in there?"), enjoy her favorite cupcakes from Sugar Bakery, Elysia's apple cake and make some great memories with her children. She had strong opinions, fast wit and a beautiful spirit. Lucille's friends and family love and miss her. Relatives and friends may call Saturday, March 23 from 9-11am at IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 11 Wooster Pl. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CT Food Bank, P.O. Box 8686, New Haven, CT 06531. Sign Lucille's guest book online at www.iovanne.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 20, 2013