East Lyme - Phyllis Colturi Rubera, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, Jan. 21. 2013, after several days of visits with loving family members. In life her many lessons of love, family, and faith were shared with all. In death the lesson was one of optimism, courage, and gratitude for the gift of a wonderful life.
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Phyllis was proud to be a graduate of St. Joseph's College in West Hartford and spent her entire career in education as a teacher at Fred D. Wish Elementary School in Hartford's North End. She loved opera, poetry, and to her husband's great satisfaction, sports, especially the Boston Red Sox.
In retirement, she spent time with her beloved husband Joseph, surrounded by family and friends at their dream home at Black Point Beach in Niantic. After his passing, she devoted her time to her church, St. Agnes, where she became a Eucharistic Minister bringing communion to shut-ins.
She leaves behind a devoted and loving family whose lives were richer because of her. She is survived by her children, Joseph and his wife, Merilou Rubera, of Canton, Marc Rubera of Hebron, and Theresa Giannitti of Niantic.; her grandchildren, Peter, Laura, and Marc Giannitti; as well as a sister, Patricia Kenney; a sister-in-law, Isabella Russo; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Her calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, from the funeral home with the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Day on Jan. 23, 2013