Jeanne Evelyn Ciotto

9 January, 193022 April, 2021
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Jeanne E. Ciotto, 91, of Wethersfield, widow of Biagio “Billy” Ciotto, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021 surrounded by her family. Born on January 9, 1930 in Hartford, Jeanne was the youngest daughter of Margaretta (Halford) and Edmund Purtell. Jeanne is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph, Anthony, Julie and John Ferrigno, John and Sherri Ciotto, and Maria and Ken Larose. She leaves her five grandchildren, Jonathan Ferrigno, Jessica Ferrigno, Gabrielle Ciotto, Daniel Ciotto, and Jack Larose. Nanny loved all of us “more” and showed that to us on a regular basis with her brilliant smile and constant nurturing. Jeanne also leaves many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends with whom she joyfully shared her love, time, wisdom, sense of humor, beautiful singing voice, faith and guidance. In addition to her husband, Billy, she was predeceased by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Antonetta Ciotto, and her daughter-in-law, Mary (Lupo) Ciotto. She was also predeceased by her siblings and their spouses, Shirley and Al Amos, Walter and Lillian Miller, Norman Miller, and Marge and Henry Dowling, as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Jeanne attended Hartford schools, graduating from Weaver High School in 1948. After graduation, she worked at the Travelers Insurance Company and then the Hartford Courant, where she remained until she and Billy had their first child. Jeanne was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and sang in several church and school choirs over the years. As a young woman she sang with an 8-piece band every Friday evening at the Lithuanian Hall. Once her children were older, she joined her husband Billy (accordionist) and his friends in their band, the Bel-Aires, singing at many weddings and events in the Hartford area. Jeanne remained a full-time mom until her youngest child became a teenager. At that time, she went to work as a volunteer with the Dialysis Unit at Hartford Hospital. This soon became a full-time position, but Jeanne retired from Hartford Hospital to care for her first grandchild shortly after his birth. Jeanne was involved in numerous organizations over the years, including the Sisters of St. Joseph (Board Member), the Southend Democratic Women, the Red Hat Society, the Wethersfield Democratic Town Committee, the Young Italian Women’s Club, the St. Theresa’s Guild at Sacred Heart Church, and the Wethersfield Senior Center. Jeanne was a wonderful woman with a beautiful spirit. Family and friends were drawn to her kind heart and gentle nature. She was an amazing role model to her children and grandchildren. Her love for family and friends was matched only by her faith and love for God. Through prayer she was able to get through the difficult times of life with a smile on her face, always believing that God would see her safely through anything. Her motto for life, which she passed on to her children, was to do the very best you can, pray and then leave it in God’s hands. The family would like to thank Mary Adjei, Martha Antwi, Sisay Demssie, Angela Johnson-Shaw, Natasha Edwards-Morant, Kemorione Brown, Donna Reynolds, and Teresa Sienko for loving and caring for our mother as they would their own over the last several years. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 29, 2021 with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick/St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. The Mass of Christian burial will be live streamed via Burial will follow at Mt. Saint Benedict Cemetery, (Section R EXT), Bloomfield. Jeanne’s family will receive relatives and friends at “walk-through” calling hours on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 3-6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. Due to the current health pandemic, everyone is asked to please wear a face covering and adhere to all of the state, church and funeral home regulations. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Jeanne, the family requests your consideration of a donation made to the Biagio “Billy” and Jeanne Ciotto Memorial Fund – make checks payable to “Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Inc.” 10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


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Jocelyn Paoletta

3 May 2021

Dear Joe, Anthony, Julie, John, and Maria -

Our hearts go out to you as you weather this difficult time. Your mother and father were such special people. He a little ornery and she as sweet as can be. And together, they were the perfect couple.

We are sure Billy is stirring things up and Jeanne is singing among the angels.

Jocelyn and Joe

Suzane Hinz

1 May 2021

Dear Julie (and family),
I can't imagine what's it like to lose both parents so close apart., it has to be devastating and heartbreaking. The Lord gives us strength where and when you need it.
God bless you all and may Mom and Dad rest peacefully eternally .... until you meet again.
I enjoyed the Tribute Video it was lovely, and I can see where YOU get your kind spirit. Your Friend, Suzanne (and Phil too)

Kevin Pelland

29 April 2021

Maria and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Your mom and your dad were quite amazing people. How very fortunate you were to have such incredible role models. Hopefully during this time of sorrow you can take some comfort in knowing that they are together again. My sympathy to you and your entire family.

Kevin Pelland
Manchester, CT

jack Bradley

29 April 2021

What a wonderful women! Her bright smile and beautiful voice were so special. My sincere condolences.

Karen (Pacholski) Rettenmeier

28 April 2021

Ciotto family, so sorry for the loss of your mom, especially so soon after you lost your dad. "Aunt Jeanne" will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and kind heart. So sorry for your loss...

Richard Balducci

28 April 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Ciotto family. A wonderful woman and an amazing couple. Jeanne and Billy we’re always together, like salt and pepper, night and day. We will miss her sweet nature and lovely voice.
Our Love to All
Carmela and Rich Balducci

Andrea Paoletta

27 April 2021

Dear Joe, Anthony, Julie, John, & Maria,
I always loved it when your mom sang. She had such a beautiful voice. It brought tears to my eyes when she sang she sang at Gianine and David’s Wedding, and then when we got together at Donna’s several years ago.
Even though we didn’t see or talk to each other often, when we did get together she always made me feel special.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of both your mom and dad.
Love, Cousin Andrea

Christine Cappiello

27 April 2021

My dearest Ciotto Family -

We are so sorry about Mrs. Ciotto’s passing. She was a wonderful, sweet woman who welcome me and my whole family with open arms. I am blessed that she chose to sing David and I a song at our wedding.

Love you all,
Christine and David

Ivette Hernandez

27 April 2021

To the Ciotto and Ferrigno Family

Your Mom, Nana, friend was truly an amazing lady. I enjoyed visiting her during lunch she always had a lovely smile I truly enjoyed making her laugh. She was and always will be an Angel.

I am sorry for your loss sending you all my condolences

Maryann Serra

26 April 2021

My husband, Thomas J. Serra, and I were very close friends. We attended many City and State dinner dances together where Jeanne was often asked to join the live band and sing. She never refused. She had the voice of an angel to be sure. Her husband, Billy, was always so proud of her. One could always see the love in their eyes when they were together. To say they were special people and the world is a lesser place without them is an understatement.
Our hearts and love go out to their beautiful children and grandchildren.
God Bless you forever. We will miss you!
Love, Maryann, & the Thomas J. Serra Family

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