Loretta E. Pizzella

October 16, 1932November 21, 2018

Loretta E. Pizzella, 86, of Clinton, passed away on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Apple Rehab in Guilford. Loretta was born October 16, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary DiMella Pizzella of Hartford, CT and the sister of the late Nicholas A. Pizzella who passed at the age of 39. She is survived by her long time dear and loving partner Patricia Coffey of Clinton CT. Her brother’s children; nephews, Dr. Paul F. Pizzella (Marta), Marc P. Pizzella (Rachael) and niece Erica A. Graham (Phillip). Her sister in law Fredrica Nixon-Strusa (Anthony) and her great nephews Ethan, Nicholas and niece Tessa of Amherst, NY and many close and dear cousins and friends which she held dear for her lifetime. She was a longtime resident of Fairfield, CT and Clinton CT and spent time in her Florida residence as well.

She was a graduate of Dean College and Connecticut State University and taught as a Physical Education teacher at McMann H.S. in Norwalk, CT and Stamford Catholic H.S. in Stamford, CT.

Loretta's grandfather was the original founder of the First and Last Tavern in Hartford, CT and the family owned and operated that for over 30 years. Loretta was an avid golfer, swimmer and boater and of course everyone will remember her abilities with her tap dancing shoes. She will be remembered as a loving, kind and generous aunt, sister in law, companion, cousin and friend to all and her presence will not be forgotten.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 29, 2018

Loretta E. Pizzella

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jim Forcellina

December 4, 2018

It has been 21 years since I retired and I still have fond memories of Loretta and our meeting at your place in Florida. I send my sincere condolences to you Pat and to the rest of her family. I am so happy that she had some time to enjoy her retirement. With love and affection, Jim Forcellina

Victor Pinkes

November 28, 2018

As a close friend of and growing up with Paul and Marc and even Erica on Blake ave. I spent a lot of time with Loretta. She was patient , slow to anger and tolerated a lot of craziness from us as kids. She taught me how to water ski, row a boat, knee board how to rig a sunfish and sail a hoby cat and how to boat on that 19’ Winner with the huge evinrude outboard.She was a good listener and always listened with care.
All of those things she taught me I hold dear to my heart and are woven into who I am as a person. I am not sure I ever properly thanked her for those gifts but I will now
Thank you Loretta
Much Love Victor

Anthony Strusa

November 26, 2018

Loretta you were loved by all and you will be missed. Your kindness and gentleness will live in our memories forever. Your were an inspiration not only by what you said but more importantly by your example. We know that you are now enjoying the company of all your loved ones that went before you. In your time of peace and joy now please remember us.
Love you “The big guy”

Jim McLaughlin

November 26, 2018

My condolences to the family.
Loretta was a great colleague and friend with her enthusiasm and boundless energy. She was a class act!
I always enjoyed talking to her and visiting in Clinton. When I recall Loretta it brings a smile to my face as she touched my heart.

Elaine (Ryzak) Goebel

November 26, 2018

As a neighbor from Lee Drive, I grew up with Loretta and Pat living down the street. They were wonderful neighbors and Loretta always had time to stop and talk or lend a hand. My mother, Stella, always enjoyed speaking with them. My family missed them greatly when they moved to Clinton. Loretta, with her warm smile and great advice, was missed then and now. My prayers are with Pat and Loretta's family since Loretta was a kind, loving friend to us all.

Joe Schnierlein

November 25, 2018

I don't remember how many years I had worked with Loretta at Brien McMahon H.S., but I can remember that she could always make me smile and had a great sense of humor. When Title IX happened, the school district was scrambling to get coaches for women's sports. Loretta and Mary Kehoe did some arm twisting and were always available to give a young male coach advice on how to handle different situations when coaching young women.

She was missed when she retired, and she will be missed even more now. My sympathy goes out to the family

Evamarie Weiss

November 25, 2018

I am thankful for all the many times we enjoyed Loretta's and Pat's hospitality. My son Tommy still remembers the wonderful times of enjoying steering the boat on the ocean , skiing in the winter, and feeding the goat in the woods. Loretta will never be forgotten as long as we all live. May God bless us all and especially our dear friend Pat. We will miss Loretta forever, and our most loving thoughts go to Pat. May God bless us all.

Sally Kidd

November 25, 2018

I am so sad to hear of Loretta’s passing. A dear, generous, fun colleague who shared her beach membership with me for many years. She was so quietly the life of the party— no school function was as good if she wasn’t there dancing and joking. RIP

Frances Mogelnicki

November 25, 2018

My heart is so sad to hear of the death of Loretta she was such a great friend and a great cousin for all my life I have so many memories of the time at the beach growing up being with everybody it is too long to say in the Message it is a very sad day today for me I loved her very much and I will see you on Thursday Love Fran

Donita and Stuart Semple

November 23, 2018

Loretta will always be remembered by her friends and neighbors of Beach Park Road Association.
A kind and brilliant woman who loved the ocean and beach. She taught us all the history of Beach Park and secrets of the sea.
We will always look up at her gorgeous wrapped porch and think of her.
Loretta, you will be missed.