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Filamena Biron

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Mystic - Filamena Canto Biron of 28 Broadway in Mystic, formerly of Stonington, mother of Juliana C. Woodworth of New Port Richey, Fla., passed on Sept. 29, 2012, at the age of 101. She was a longtime resident of Stonington Village where she lived most of her life.

She was born on March 27, 1911, in Fall River, Mass., daughter of John and Filamena Paiva. She moved to Connecticut in 1953.

Her first husband, Manuel C. Canto, died in October, 1959, and later she married Ernest C. Biron, who died in March of 1968.

She worked for many years at the former Plax Corp. and the American Velvet Mill in Stonington before her retirement. Some of her greatest pleasure were cooking for her family and friends, her beautiful counted cross stitching that adorned her home, and her fantastic collection of antique hatpins.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three grandchildren, Christopher Duncklee of Hillsboro, N.H., Jonathan Duncklee of Mystic, and Brian Reapp of New Port Richey. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Christine Duncklee Bryer of Hancock, N.H., Brian Michael Reapp, Ashley Reapp, and Luke Reapp, of New Port Richey; and a special step granddaughter, Rachel Whitaker of Providence.

She was predeceased by a son, Michael, who died at birth; a daughter, Grace Canto Reapp; two grandchildren, Grace Noel Reapp and Patrick Reapp; and two sisters and four brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Filamena's family would like to thank the staff of Apple Rehab Mystic for the wonderful care they gave to her during her three years of residency there.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Survivors of Homicide, 530 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 215, Wethersfield, CT 06109 or to the Cue Center for Missing Persons, PO Box 12714, Wilmington, NC 28405, in memory of her daughter, Grace and granddaughter, little Gracie.

For information, directions, or to share a note of remembrance, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com
Published in The Day on Oct. 2, 2012
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