Mary Jo Arnold

August 31, 1939April 8, 2019

NORWICH – Mary Jo Arnold, 79, peacefully drifted into the arms of the Lord on Monday, April 8th, 2019 while at Bayview Healthcare and Rehab. In Waterford, CT.

She was born in Norwich on Aug. 31, 1939 to the late Louis and Rose (Longo) Berardi. She graduated from N.F.A. in 1957 and Becker Jr. College in 1959 as a Medical Secretary. She went on to work in that and other fields including at L & M Hospital, Beneficial Bank and others. She was a life-long resident of Norwich and very involved in her community. She was on the Italian Woman’s Society, Rose City Senor Center, and enjoyed ceramics, painting, needlework and was artistic with everything she did.

Mary Jo’s primary love and joy was her daughter Heather encouraging her, supporting her interests, and attending all of her recitals. That love expanded to Heather’s children as Mary Jo embraced being a grandmother. Still with love to spare, Mary Jo regularly had pets including rescues which she spoiled daily, especially her last rescue Jodi that she leaves behind. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She leaves her daughter Heather Arnold (Schlegel), grandchildren; Joshua, Katherine and Ian Schlegel, numerous cousins and friends.

All are invited to Calling Hours on Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 180 Elizabeth St., Norwich, CT meeting directly at the church. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 815 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Jo’s memory may be made to an animal shelter or pet rescue of the donor’s choice.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Courtney Ricker

April 18, 2019

Mary Jo and I were born on the same day and same year. Met in first grade an have been good friends all of our life. I moved to Maine but our friendship lasted through the ages. As kids, we cooked for our families in the Berardi's cellar, we played with our paper dolls which we loved, and then go downtown and buy more and then then sit and cut them out. Every Saturday afternoon we would go to the movies to see any movie, but always Roy Rogers. We had so much fun. Best friends forever. I love you, Mary Jo and will miss you, and our talks.