Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


Gloria Fessina

5 July , 193229 July , 2019

Gloria Fessina, 86 Widow of Antonio Fessina, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019 in Old Saybrook, CT With family by her side.

Gloria was born on July 4, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to late Parents Alfonsina and Michele Gaeta.

Gloria was a professional baker and owner of Gaeta Pastry shop as well as several Italian restaurants with her late husband. he was very proud of her grandchildren. She was an authentic New Yorker who loved the New York Mets, feeding the birds, a good hotdog and nice cold beer. She was a good friend to many and will also be remembered for her great sense of humor.

Gloria is survived by her daughter Loretta, her spouse Robert and their three children Christina, Anthony and Laura Tafuri. Her son Anthony and his three children Lauren, Amanda and Maria Fessina. Predeceased by her daughter in law Donna Fessina.

Their deep gratitude to Vitas Hospice Care, Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook and The Hearth at Tuxis Pond in Madison for their wonderful care and for their many acts of kindness and support during her illness.

A Memorial service will be held on July 30, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the Swan Funeral Home in Madison located on 825 Boston Post Rd Madison, CT 06443. The internment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, 30 July , 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, 31 July , 2019


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Shirley Cooper

4 August 2019

Gloria was a very good friend to me! I loved her for her kindness and great sense of humor. We always had a great time together laughing so much all the time. She loved her soft serve ice cream cones and of course her trips to the casino. Gloria I will never forget you and will miss you very much.

Philip and Karen Adamo

31 July 2019

Dear Loretta, Bob , Christina, Anthony and Laura,
Our condolences for your loss!
We remember Gloria as a high spirited woman with love for many! We were happy to be a part of the many family gatherings with Gloria being present. She was a a true New Yorker and said what was on her mind. I especially remember the beautiful anniversary gathering for Bob and Loretta in Saybrook and our gathering at Foxwoods.

In Sympathy,
Phil and Karen Adamo

Josephine Walter

31 July 2019

Aunt Gloria dearest, we go back to my baby 👶 years, when you and uncle Nino ( my mom’s brother) opened up your home to me and my family and welcomed my birth in Brooklyn, as my parents came deliberately from Italy, to have me born in the States. You took care of ‘nonna’ Maria Concetta in your home for many years, as she was your own mother. I enjoyed our recent talks we had over the phone; and all your comments on Facebook! You will he missed.. May god keep you, reunited now with your beloved husband- With love ❤️ Your niece-Josie & family 🙏

Dee Matos Gacek

30 July 2019

I had the pleasure of taking care of Gloria when she lived here @ THE HEARTH. She always filled my days with such joy. She was a pistol and I enjoyed my conversations with her about all things Brooklyn. We both missed home and commiserated about Connecticut being BORING. My favorite memory was when I was getting married and Gloria friend requested me on facebook just so she could see the pictures before anyone else. Thinking of her makes me smile. It hurt me to know of her passing but I'm glad she is no longer suffering and is with her husband. My condolences to Loretta and Anthony as well as her extended family. She will always be remembered with Love by all of us. Dee

P Humphrey

29 July 2019

My fondest memories of Gloria will alway be the time she spent at Founders Village. The tight bond she shared with her neighbors, my dad being one of them. The conversations she and dad would have about baseball (her the Mets, him the Yankees) Both of them native New Yorkers who loved to talk about growing up there. But most especially the bond she formed with all of us. She will always be family (thank you Lorretta and Anthony for sharing her).
I already miss our daily 4:15 calls.

Megan Humphrey

29 July 2019

Gloria was a bright firecracker that had a huge heart. She was tougher than cement and sweeter than candy. She always made me laugh. I will forever consider her family. Have fun bickering about the Mets and Yankees with Grandfather! I love you Gloria!

My condolences to both Loretta, Bob and the kids as well as Anthony and his girls. If you ever need anything do not hesitate to ask.