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New London - Charlotte (Benvenuti) Curcio, 81, of New London, passed away in the comfort of her home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She was married to Nicholas S. Curcio on July 5, 1952 at St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London. Charlotte was the only child of the late Richard V. and Alba (Antonioli) Benvenuti. She was born in New London and grew up in the Ridgewood Park section of Waterford. She attended and graduated from the Great Neck School. She then attended Chapman Technical High School, graduating in 1949. While at Chapman Tech, she was active in the marching and concert bands, dance band, and school plays. She also sang with a group of her friends. Outside of school, she taught accordion and piano. At times, she sang at various churches in the area along with her mother, Alba Benvenuti. She graduated from Mitchell College in 1951. In later years, she attended the University of Connecticut (Avery Point) for certification as a paraprofessional educator.

Charlotte is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Nicholas S. Curcio. They first met at Ocean Beach Park in New London while Nick was in the Navy. They both have many fond memories of roller skating at the beach, as well as enjoying the beach itself. (Thus explains the bench that they donated in the new "kiddy pool" area.) Their love for the sea, beaches, and lighthouses continued throughout their years together, as they enjoyed earlier times with their own boat affectionately named "Charni," a combination of both their names. Later, Charlotte and her family enjoyed traveling to different states in their travel trailer. When their sons got older, Char and her husband traveled to many places throughout the United States. They also enjoyed day trips to Point Judith, Galilee, Newport, Stonington, and other local places of interest along the shore. When they both retired, they spent 20 wonderful years wintering in their Florida home enjoying sunsets over the Gulf.

Charlotte is also survived by her three sons and their wives, Nicholas R. and Elizabeth Curcio of New London, Robert A. and Nancy Curcio of Cypress, Texas, and Thomas J. and Susan Curcio of New London. She also holds bragging rights to six wonderful grandchildren, Krisztina, Justin, Alyssa, Richard, Danielle, and Kelsey. Charlotte was extremely proud that five of her grandchildren had graduated from colleges, and the youngest is now attending.

Charlotte was active in scouting, having been a den mother with Cub Scout Pack 3 for a number of years. She was involved with her sons' school PTAs/PTOs at Jennings and Edgerton Schools. She played "taxi driver" bringing her sons to various music lessons, sports practices, scouting and school events. As her sons grew older, she decided to utilize her "mom skills" and became employed by New London Public Schools, working with special needs children at Nathan Hale and Harbor Elementary Schools. After 18 years, she retired from her position in 1992. She enjoyed her years with the staff at both schools.

Although retired, her life did not slow down. She and her husband then had grandchildren's lives to participate in. She followed their pursuits in music, sports, and every other activity they were involved in…from pre-school through college and now into their adult lives.

Charlotte belonged to the Italian Mutual Aide Society until it was dissolved. She participated in the Dante Alighieri Society, Save Ocean Beach (SOB), and the "girls" of Chapman Tech who refer to themselves as the "Chapman Tech 49ers." She was also involved in various activities with the homeowners association at The Ridgewood Meadows in Florida.

Charlotte and her family wish to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses, and to the Lawrence + Memorial cancer support team who saw her through this unexpected battle with cancer. An offering of thanks to doctors, McDermott, Disilvestro, Bentz, and Gadbaw. A note of gratitude to Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut… especially Dawn, Judy, April, Holly, Cheryl, Lorraine, Pauline, Rachell, and Debra. A special note of appreciation for Juliana of Home Care Choice. Their combined assistance and care helped Charlotte's transition from this life. The caregivers from Hospice and Home Care Choice were truly angels in disguise. The family also wishes to include thank-yous to family, friends, and neighbors for words of encouragement, phone calls, and visits.

Funeral services will be held at Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, in historic New London. Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the funeral home with burial following at St. Mary's Cemetery, New London.

Donations in her memory may be made to Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360, or to a .
Published in The Day on Feb. 28, 2013
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