March 10, 1927 – November 17, 2020
Constance Lucille Duperry Sapia Connie, 93, was the youngest of 11 children born to Aime and Alma Cyr Duperry in Van Buren, Maine. French was her first language and her family moved to Hartford, CT when she was in high school. She graduated from Bulkeley High. She leaves her brother Edmond, 100, and is pre-deceased by her siblings Sister Cecile and Sister Rose (Good Shepherd Sisters), Thomas, Beatrice, Claire, Alexina, Florence, Lawrence, and Armand. Connie met Salvatore Paul Sapia at the Coca-Cola bottling plant, where they both worked and were married in 1948.They lived in Hartford, Wethersfield and Old Lyme and had 9 children. Connie leaves Peggy(Rob Byrne),Francis, Roseann(John Fahrner),Paul(Karen),Richard, Mary, and Sal. She is pre - deceased by her husband who died in 1986 and by her sons, Michael and Thomas. We were able to honor Mom’s request to stay in her own home in Old Lyme, thanks to the care she received from her children, especially Sal and his son, Caleb, who lived with her, her caregivers especially Christine James and Middlesex Hospice. Mom’s body was healthy and she had progressive dementia. Connie was a patient and loving soul who loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed singing with the Old Lyme Village Voices. She was a caring and accepting mother, always expressing her appreciation. She was a good cook and homemaker, having learned from her Sicilian mother-in-law, Concetta Scionti Sapia. She was a faithful Catholic, active at Christ the King Church and Catholic Charities. She was an active member of Al-Anon for over 50 years. She benefited from the support and lasting friendships and was always willing to offer support and encouragement to families affected by alcoholism. She quilted and did hand crafts for many years with her Sews and Sews group. Her children have fond memories of picking fiddleheads in the spring and blueberry picking and swimming at Mill Woods pond in the summer. Connie loved to swim alongside her family and could be seen taking a dip at Hawk’s Nest Beach into her 90’s. She enjoyed playing pool, bocce and cards, like Setback and Cribbage. She ushered at The Garde and The Ivoryton Playhouse. She leaves 12 grandchildren: Suzanne, Anna, Serena, Sal, Kate, Colin, Claire, Gabriela, Sal, Phillip, Mark, & Caleb and 10 great- grandchildren: Rocco, Isla, Sophia, Addison, Anthony Jr., Santino, Grace, Jack, Elise, Thomas, Emily, James and Jake. May perpetual Light shine upon her and give her perfect peace. May her memory be a blessing. Bye, Mom. Her memorial service will be held at Christ the King Church on Saturday November 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM followed by a graveside blessing at the Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme, CT. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for directions and online guestbook.
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Pat & Sue Hayes
November 30, 2020
Too bad we didn’t get to meet your Mom. But knowing her children as we do, and seeing the loving care you have applied to her last years here, told us a lot. Our best to your whole family.
I trust you will still have the impetus and the means to return on many summer visits, and let us know when you are on the East Coast.
November 26, 2020
I have such fond memories of singing with Connie in Lyme's Village Voices chorus. She was a longtime member of the group and always friendly and positive, a beautiful soul. My condolences to her family.