Mary Rosalie Canestrari

November 4, 1922February 21, 2013

“Mary, Mom, Gram”. Mary Rosalie Canestrari, wife of the late Gisto “Lee” Canestrari, passed away on Thursday, February 21st at Hancock Hall in Danbury, CT at the age of 90. She was born in Danbury, CT on November 4, 1922, daughter of the late Matthew O’Brien and Josephine Leahy O’Brien. Mary graduated from Danbury High School in 1940 and soon met and married her beloved husband Lee. After WWII, she joined him as a career military wife, and traveled the US where they were stationed in several states and abroad in Naples, Italy. After retiring from the Air Force, they settled in Danbury, where she was a homemaker and a volunteer for St. Peter Parish.

Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. She loved music, dancing, traveling with her husband, reading, and movies with her best friend Helena. Mary loved and cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Mary is survived by her sons Brian O’Brien, David Canestrari and his wife Kathleen, Joseph Canestrari and his wife Robin, daughters Linda Gover and her husband Donald, Mary Ann Simonelli and her husband Robert; former daughter in laws, Mona Canestrari and Katie Hugg; 17 loving grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sons Gary and Peter Canestrari. She is also predeceased by her brother Matthew and sister Marguerite O’Brien.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, February 25th, at 10:30 am at St. Peter’s Church on 104 Main Street in Danbury, CT. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Ridgefield at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road Suite 159, Wilton, CT 06897.

The Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street Danbury is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 25, 2013

Mary Rosalie Canestrari

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March 1, 2013

I'm so sorry MaryAnn, let me know if I can do anything, with love..the Fiandras

Tim Dennehy

March 1, 2013

Our prayers & condolences are with the entire Canestrari family at the loss of such a special lady & patriarch. T Dennehy Family

The Christian Family

February 28, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but your special memories help you cope. Remembering you and your loved ones at this time.

Lori Glaser

February 27, 2013


I only just heard; my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. May God bless you during this difficult time and may happy memories of your mom be a comfort to you.

With love and my deepest sympathy,

Paul & Paulette Hart

February 26, 2013

To all the Canestrari Family,
We extend our sincere sympathy and prayers for a wonderful woman, mother and grandmother....God Bless her!

February 25, 2013

Dearest Mom,
May you always be remembered by your deapest love and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.Some of my fondest moments were to attend Mass with you at Saint Peter Church , your life long parish in Danbury.

Mom, you have been Blessed all your life and have touched all those who have known you.And now you are Home in the loving arms of our Lord.

Your loving son Brian and your former daughter in law Cap.

Kimberly Bobin

February 24, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow. Love, Steve, Kim, Alex and Michael

February 24, 2013

Joe- So very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom! Stan Strusky

Debbie Uckno

February 24, 2013

There are no words of consolation to offer with the exception of "I am so sorry for your loss" and even that seems so inadequate at this time. You will never forget your mother's face, the sound of her voice, the gentleness of her touch...they let you know you were loved. You will never forget and you will always know that you honor her every day in how you live and who you are. With much love and sympathy, Debbie Uckno

American Heart Association

February 24, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.