Joanne Drea

February 25, 1936July 3, 2018

Joanne C. Drea, 82, of New London, passed away on July 3, 2018 at Harbor Village, New London.

Ms. Drea was born on February 25, 1936 in New London to William and Helen Drea.

She worked for SNET as well as various other part-time jobs, including Sears. She was primarily a supporting mother and wife. Ms. Drea enjoyed hunting for antiques and other treasures and passed that knowledge onto her sons. She will be remembered for her strong personality and ability to take on any challenge but most of all for being a loving wife and mother.

Ms. Drea is predeceased by her husband, Vincent "Jim" Onorato as well as her son, Dr. Douglas J. Onorato. She is survived by her son, Brandt Onorato and wife Christine Becotte, of Keene, NH.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:00AM in St. Joseph Church, 17 Squire St., New London, CT 06320. Burial will be private. Please visit www.fultontherouxnewlondon for tributes, directions, and more information.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 9, 2018

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Bonnie Smiley Hoddy

July 6, 2018

Oh Mrs. "O", I loved you and am so sad to read of this. Forever, I will be so grateful to all that you taught me so many years ago. While meeting you through Brandt, YOU quickly became my heroine. You were GORGEOUS, strong, FUNNY, free-spirited, Happy, loving, generous, a cool chick and such a lady! You taught me so much about antiques and I called you prior to purchasing my STILL most precious treasure for your advice. You have no idea how you have stayed in my heart and in my head all these years since I last heard from you. Because of you, I've collected treasures from all over the world and enjoyed every second of it. Because of you, I know the wonderful magic of wearing Rose Colored glasses. Rest in peace beautiful lady. Thank you for your guiding LIGHT. xxxxxooooo Deepest condolences Brandt. Should you find a shell from FL on their stone, you can smile. Bonnie