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Immacolata Vartuli Iorfino, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 23, 2013 at Stamford Hospital. She was born on March 4, 1941 to the late Innocenzo and Maria Rosaria Sette Vartuli, in Arena Italy.
Immacolata was a loving wife, mother, nonna, daughter, sister, friend and aunt to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Growing up in Arena she was the youngest of seven siblings and followed in the family trade as a seamstress. She was an active member of the Churches of the Madonna delle Grazie and San Michele. In the early 60's she met her first love, Raffaele, and in 1963 they married. They were soon blessed with three sons. In 1971 she immigrated with her family to the United States to provide both a better future and opportunities for them. They settled in Stamford where she became a lifelong resident of the town and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. Shortly after, they were blessed with a fourth son. To supplement the family income, she worked for US Surgical and Garrity Industries in the 70's. In the 80's she worked as a seamstress for Dress Barn, Alcott & Andrews, and Talbots. She was a caregiver to many children outside of her immediate family. She was also a longtime member of the Lega Arena-Dasá. In 1998, after a long illness, she lost her husband and best friend of 34 yrs. She found the strength to go on in her growing number of grandchildren. In 2005 she began a new life with her new love, Francesco, and in 2006 they were married. Together their family doubled as well as did the number of grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren dearly and they loved her back. Regardless of her health, she always found the energy and time to entertainment them, which often involved making cookies, for which she had a passion. On any given day you could find a variety of homemade cookies in the cupboard and at any family affair you could be sure that her cookies would be there for dessert. In addition to baking she loved cooking, knitting and gardening. Family gatherings were a delight for her as she enjoyed cooking and getting the family together for any occasion. Another of her favorite pastimes was knitting and she enjoyed making blankets for her family and friends. Many us still have them and still use them to keep warm on cold nights. She will always be remembered for her outlook on life, her witty comments and her passion for family and friends. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Immacolata is survived by her loving husband of seven years, Francesco Corbo, her four sons, Anthony Iorfino and his wife Kathleen (Orr) of Bethel, Enzo Iorfino of Stamford, Domenico Iorfino and his wife Marylynn (Engelskirger) of Fairfield, and Pasquale Iorfino of West Haven. Also surviving are her step-children, Elisabetta (Corbo) and Daniel Vogler of Windsor, Maria (Corbo) Joyce of Trumbull, Domenic and Zoe (Hughes) Corbo of Stamford. Her brothers and sisters surviving, Giuseppina (Vartuli) Inzitari of Bayonne, NJ, Pasquale and Rosina Vartuli of Bayonne, NJ, Elisabetta (Vartuli) Larobina of Naples, Italy, and Salvatore and Assunta Vartuli of Arena, Italy. Her five grandchildren, Peter, Joseph, Schuyler, Caroline, and Raffaele, joined by her four step-grandchildren, Breann, Rachael, Billy, and Stella also survive her. Immacolata's brothers and sisters-in-law surviving include Giuseppe Iorfino of Bologna, Italy, Nicola and Caterina (Pisano) Iorfino of Lidcombe, Australia, Olimpia Rosa (Corbo) Iorfino of Stamford, Michele and Rosa (Gerace) Iorfino of Stamford, Giuseppina Lombardo (Corbo) of Vibo Valentia, Italy, and Teresina Tomas (Corbo) of Stamford.
Besides her parents Immacolata was predeceased by her former husband of 34 years Raffaele Iorfino, her brothers Salvatore, Domenico, and Giuseppe Vartuli. She was also predeceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law Michele Iorfino, Caterina (Larobina) Iorfino, Pasquale Iorfino, Domenico Iorfino, Domenico Inzitari, Mariantonia (Vartuli) Iorfino, Giuseppe Larobina, Fiorenzio and Eleanora (Pirro) Corbo, and Pasquale Lombardo.
Family and Friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT, on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral procession will be leaving the funeral home on Friday August 30, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. proceeding to St. Mary's RC Church 566 Elm Street, Stamford, CT, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery, Rock Rimmon Rd., Stamford.
Memorial contributions may be made in Immacolata's name to the
, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492, (203)294-0088.
For online condolences please visit www.cognetta.com
Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
104 Myrtle Avenue Stamford, CT 06902
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Aug. 27, 2013