Montville - Annette Aline (Auriemma) Ridolfi of Uncasville, beloved wife of Andrew J. Ridolfi, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung, liver and brain cancer, surrounded by her caring family.
Annette was born on Jan. 27, 1948, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Irene (Sauve) Auriemma and Frank Auriemma, both deceased. She spent some time as an administrative assistant for an international firm in Manhattan, and married Andrew Ridolfi on June 12, 1971, at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn. They lived and raised their family there until 1988, when they moved to Uncasville.
Having spent time as a stay-at-home wife and mother, Annette returned to the workforce in 1991, first becoming the "school-to-career" coordinator for the Montville Public Schools, then a school secretary at Oakdale Elementary, and finally a school secretary at Tyl Middle School, where she worked for 15 years. Annette's was the first face many students and their families would see upon entering the front office at Tyl, and she performed her duties cheerfully and energetically, leaving an indelible impression upon them and the colleagues of whom she was so fond.
In addition to her husband, Annette leaves behind their three children and spouses, Michele (Ridolfi) O'Neill and Casey O'Neill of Colchester, Lori (Ridolfi) DeLucia and Andrew DeLucia of Uncasville, and Andrew Ridolfi and Jennifer (Gates) Ridolfi of Lisbon; three beautiful grandchildren, AJ O'Neill and Alexis and Gavin DeLucia; her sister and brother-in-law, Terry and Kevin Hughes of Uncasville; and numerous friends and extended family members.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 20, at Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. Family and friends are asked to gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 213 Broadway, Norwich.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Annette Ridolfi Scholarship Fund, c/o Core Plus Federal Credit Union, 202 Salem Tpke, Norwich, CT 06360, to benefit a graduating Tyl student showing artistic talent.
Published in The Day on Feb. 20, 2014