Elizabeth "Betty" Ann DiFranco, age 78, of Westbrook, formerly of Wallingford, passed away on Friday, September 10th at Hartford Hospital. She was the wife of the late Charles Anthony DiFranco III who predeceased her earlier this year on February 24th. Betty was born in Middletown, CT, on September 24, 1942, the daughter of the late Mariano and Josephine (Vicchito) Passinese. She married her beloved husband on April 12, 1969, and the couple made their home and raised their family in Wallingford. Betty and Charlie later relocated to Westbrook, where they made many special friendships all while enjoying the view of Long Island Sound. Betty loved to cook and enjoyed crabbing, and would often invite family and friends over for food and fun. She found tremendous pleasure in decorating her home and restoring antiques, but her greatest joy was in spending quality time with her family. Over the last several years, Betty loved to watch her grandchildren play on the beach and swim in the ocean outside of her home, which she generously opened up to family and friends alike. Though saddened that she didn't have more years to share with the youngest members of the family, her memory will undoubtedly live on, in no small part due to the striking resemblance inherited by her only granddaughter. Betty is survived by her son, Daniel DiFranco and wife, Jennie; her grandchildren, Domenico Charles and Sophia Giuliana; her brother, Larry Passinese and his wife, Barbara; many nieces, nephews and countless other family members and friends who will miss her dearly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 15th at 10:00AM, directly at St. Sebastian Church, 155 Washington St., Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to St. Sebastian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home. www.wallingfordfh.com
Published by The Record-Journal from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.