Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Mary DeChello

April 10, 1944July 15, 2019

Mary Brickley DeChello, 75, of Clinton, CT, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, surrounded by family and loved ones at Middlesex Hospital. She was born in Derby, CT to the late Thomas and Marion Brickley. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Anthony DeChello, to whom she was married for 25 years. She earned her B.A. at Albertus Magnus College and her Master’s in English from Trinity College. She taught English and History at Derby High School, Amity Regional High School and The Morgan School in Clinton until her retirement in 2002. At The Morgan School, Mary was a small dynamo of energy who was involved in many extra-curricular activities with her students. Most notably, she served as a leader of the yearbook staff for 16 years, winning national awards for the publication. Mary will be best remembered for her love of teaching and the positive impact she had on thousands of students over the years. When speaking of her students she was often heard saying, “They keep me young”.

After her retirement, Mary stayed busy continuing her Morgan yearbook work, editing books, tutoring, and working within the Tau Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority that helps raise money for women who want to enter the field of education. She was an avid reader and belonged to the book club at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton. Throughout her life Mary enjoyed photography, knitting, cooking, socializing with friends, and spending time with her family.

Mary leaves behind her soul mate Peter Veslocki of Old Saybrook, cousins, Deborah Galasso and her husband Jeff Scheckwitz of Lyme and John Galasso of Tempe, AZ. She also leaves behind her precious cousins, Jonah and Katie Scheckwitz, to whom she was their dear “Nana”.

The family would like to thank her many loving caregivers, Angela, Phil, Chad and Ethan Paradis, Jaime and Sean Fitzgerald, Vickie Adorno, Jenna and Paige from Dignity Plus Home Care and the staff at Gladeview Health Care Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main St., Clinton on Wednesday, July 24 from 5-7pm. Burial will be private at Mount Saint Peter Cemetery in Derby, CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton, CT 06413 or via their website where you can also dedicate a book in Mary’s honor.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, July 24, 2019


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Nancy Maertz

July 23, 2019

Mary and I were in Tau Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa together.
Every meeting we’d each bring something to raffle off to each other in order to raise money for worthy causes. I always looked forward to winning whatever Mary brought! She would bring really nice things that she purchased from T. J. Maxx. Mary was also a member of my Beauty Girls Lunch Club whose Beauties enjoyed a lunch date at restaurants on the shoreline for the last fourteen years. Mary was a special beauty inside and out. We were all so pleased when she could join us. I was delighted that Mary liked my pasta fagioli. She was a fine cook, too. Mary was a reader and I shared some of my favorite books with her. I wish I had brought her more. I will miss her. I’m confident she is in our Lord’s loving embrace,pain free, and she is with her loved ones in Heaven.😘🙏

Rebecca Goberman

July 20, 2019

Mrs Dechello was my English teacher in '89-'90. One of the teachers that through the years would randomly pop up in your mind with a fun memory, (she needed a sense of humor in order to teach teenagers Walt Whitman poetry) her class was always the highlight of my day.

Silvia Ducach

July 19, 2019

I’m very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Several years ago I had and opportunity to meet Mary as a member of ADK our International teacher sorority. I am a member of Sigma Chapter in New Haven. We met to discuss the creation of an international cook for our organization. We had many lively and interesting discussions and I remember Mary’s contributions and personality very fondly. I’m very sorry for this loss. May she Rest In Peace.

Twila Skelly

July 18, 2019

I will always treasure the memory of our photo/art/painting / poem show at the Clinton Library. Also, I will always remember the lessons planned for the schools in New Haven and the enthusiastic students greeting us with the phrase, " They're here " and practically hugging us. Mary, the meetings for and with ADK were always so fulfilling and fun. I will always remember your courage and your friendship. Twila