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DELLA FERA, Kristine Kristine Jennie Halvorsen Della Fera, 50, of Ashford, CT died December 3, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of Michael Della Fera. Kris grew up in Woodbridge, NJ and attended Woodbridge High School. She was a proud member of her high school marching band and played the French horn. Kris was a 1981 University of Connecticut liberal arts graduate majoring in history, and a 1984 graduate of Albany Law School in Albany, NY. She met her husband of 24 years at UConn, and they were married in 1985. She practiced law for a short time before deciding to become a full-time mother. Kris homeschooled her two daughters from infancy up to high school. She loved history, traveling, gardening, and photography, as well as reading, camping trips in Maine, Bruce Springsteen concerts and classical music. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, Kris instilled it into her daughters' lives. Kris supported her daughters in all their endeavors. Kris was an active member of the Storrs Congregational Church and involved in the Ashford Garden and Book Clubs. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, and sister in-law. Kris will be missed terribly by the many people who love her, but she wished to be remembered with laughter rather than tears. She was predeceased by her sister Norma Jean Halvorsen. Besides her husband, Kris is survived by her daughters Laura and Karen Della Fera of Ashford; parents Norman and Jennie Halvorsen, now living in Ocala, FL; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Michael and Marion (Fantone) Della Fera of Wethersfield, CT; several loving brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws,nieces, and nephews; and wonderful friends. A service of remembrance and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 12 th at 11am at the StorrsCongregational Church, Storrs, CT. Calling hours at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home (Route 195, Tolland, CT) will be on Thursday, December 10th from 4 to 7 pm. Kris participated in a number of organizations and groups during her life. Please go to www.pietrasfuneralhome.com for information regarding memorial gifts in Kris's name in lieu of flowers.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 8, 2009
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