Obituary: Luigina (Napolitano) Mazzulla, 95


Luigina (Napolitano) Mazzulla, 95, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2019. She was born in SaFili, Provincia di Cosenza, Calabria, Italy on Nov.16, 1923.  She immigrated to the U.S. in 1960 with her son and husband to join her father and siblings.

Her life was a modest one, but rich in family values.  For Luigina, family always came first, whether it was working tirelessly for a better life or lending a helping hand to others any way she could.

She always insisted on attending all family celebrations, from holidays to birthdays to everything in between.  Among her family, Luigina was known as the best babysitter because of her gentle, caring and nurturing nature, not to mention her cooking.

Her priority was always taking care of others around her and putting their needs ahead of her own.

Luigina’s generous heart extended well beyond her family, always humble and never forgetting her Italian roots.  She supported a number of orphanages in Italy, communicated routinely with friends she left behind and kept up with current events in her hometown.

Luigina always took joy in creating beautiful things from the simplest of means.  Year after year, she cultivated a flower and vegetable garden, for which she was extremely proud. She was a talented seamstress and loved to crochet and knit scarves and blankets for her family, friends and children in need.

She valued sharing her Italian cooking and baking traditions and their historical origins.

Even when she could no longer carry on the traditions herself, she took joy in knowing that her family continues to honor them, especially her famous pepper biscuits and the celebration of Christmas Eve with a seafood feast.

Her legacy will live on with all the wonderful memories and customs she shared.

She was predeceased by her husband Giuseppe Mazzulla.  She leaves behind her son Bruno W. Mazzulla and her sisters and brothers; Lina Perillo, Cesira Cesario, Art Napolitano of Tucson, Alfredo Napolitano and Rita Mazzulla of Buenos Aires, and Maria Tieso of Cittadella, Italy.  She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who were a big part of her life.

The family would like to thank all of the incredible people at the Jerome Home in New Britain where she spent the last years of her life.  It became her second home where she was always treated with respect and love.  In her last days they made her transition to another life comforting for both her and her family.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Nov. 9th at 10 am    at St. Thomas Church, 99

Bristol St. Southington. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave, New

Britain, CT 06052.

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