Julia Zarrella

February 1, 1920January 4, 2021

Julia (DePastino, Truss) Zarrella of Southington passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husbands, Walter Truss and George Zarrella. Born February 1, 1920 she was the eldest daughter of seven children of the late Alexander and Lucy (Picano) DePastino.

Julia leaves her four children, Walter Truss and wife Marge of SC, Judith Maurer and husband Bob of AZ, Janet Ferracci-Carter of Southington and Kathleen Leograndis and husband Tim of FL; two step children, Paul Zarrella and Beverly Fiondella both of Southington; two sisters, Mary Dymond and Rose Lord; nine precious grandchildren, Walter Truss Jr., Sheryl Bedard, Bruce Truss, Michael Cwiekowski, Robert Cwiekowski , Gina Pellegrino, Thomas Ferracci, Amanda Leograndis-Lata and Eric Leograndis; sixteen amazing great-grandchildren, Corey and Zachary Truss, Kiyomi, Hudson and Yoriko Truss, Ryan and Rachael Bedard, Kelli and Allyson Cwiekowski, Ben, Evan and Cecily Cwiekowski, Jeffrey, James and Juliann Pellegrino and Harper Lata; her first great great-granddaughter Giselle Pellegrino and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Truss along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. We say all their names because with Julia it was all about her family and the children. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Sarah Leograndis; three sisters, Alice Sartwell, Catherine Chmura and Lucy DeGumbia; a brother Alex DePastino; two sons-in-law, Edward Ferracci and Philip Carter.

Julia was somewhat of a devil, laughing at Sebastian and playing left, right & center. At the age of 100 she renewed her driver’s license and gave the DMV staff a good laugh at remaining a donor and her not so flattering picture that she was not so pleased with. She was also in tv commercials for Spartans II restaurant and Homemakers & Companions.

Her family would like to thank Ellie Dietz, Jean Barden, John Masucci, Lisa Noble, Pat DePaolo and Gina and Jeff Pellegrino for paying special attention to our mother for all her needs and special events which she looked forward to every day.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Southington. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington has been entrusted with the arrangements. Because Julia loved the programs at the Calendar House, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Calendar House Activities Fund, 388 Pleasant St., Southington, CT 06489. For online condolences and directions please visit,


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Lisa Noble

January 9, 2021

Julie was an amazing woman. I will always remember her loving her oatmeal with strawberries, fried peppers and of course I can't forget her Fried dough for breakfast. Even if she wasn't going out she always wanted to look nice and she did. I will miss Julie and will always remember her Smile and saying to me so glad to see you glad you came.
She always would say when leaving her house “will I see you next week”, “be good” and “be careful driving”
I have so so many wonderful memories that I will cherish forever!
Love and prayers to the Family
Love, Lisa Noble

Michael Cwiekowski

January 7, 2021

"you kids go play outside"
I probably heard Grandma say that 1,000 times as a kid when at her house with all of my cousins running about the place. It always smelled like something good was cooking and there was always plenty to eat. Southington was, for most of my life, on the other side of the country, but, I always knew I was "going back home" when returning. Our family is full of loving and wonderful memories that span my life of more than a half century, Gram made it past 100. Amen to that.

Mom, Uncle Butch, Aunt Janet and Aunt Kathy,
We so dearly love each of you.
Michael & Michelle, Evan, Ben & Cecily

Salon Bellus

January 7, 2021

We all loved Julia!!! She was always so full of life, funny, and made each visit here memorable. She will be remembered always. Lots of love Being sent from all of us here xoxox.
The entire staff Of Salon Bellus

Darrel Migneault

January 7, 2021

I will fondly remember Aunt Julie . Many a summer afternoon , my mom and I would join her on her back patio , enjoy a cool lemonade, and laugh and reminisce about the past . She was a great conversationalist and I loved the fact that she laughed easily, as did my mom . We were family , you will be missed . May god bless you on your journey . I love you !


January 5, 2021

You were more than a grandmother, you were my friend and always were there for Tom and I. You took me to my twirling and to school (i refused to take the bus) when I lived with you after Grandpa George passed. These were special times. I am so glad my daughter shares your name sake, and Julie will live on with your spunk and humor. We shared a very special life and I am thankful for our Sundays and thankful for my mom and and Patty and (jojo) brining you over rain or shine, the memories are forever. To the very end you worried about everyone, that they would be ok. We our because we had you. Turning 100 brought all of us together like it was years ago. Aunt Dot and Uncle Joes house and Lazy Lane always family gatherings, and that is why I love having family at my home. Cheers to loving us all and giving me so many memories that I will never forget.

Mary Dymond Neuman

January 5, 2021

I have so many happy memories of Aunt Julie. Most recent was celebrating her 100th birthday in 2020. What a wonderful celebration! It was great weekend.

I don’t think I will ever forget many years ago when Judy, Janet, Pat and I were on vacation in Florida. In her enthusiastic voice, Aunt Julie reminded all of us “We ARE A LOVING FAMILY! . . . Yes we are. . . I love you, Aunt Julie💖

To my cousins, Walter, Judy, Janet and Kathy,
I love you and am praying God will keep you in his loving arms as you go through this difficult time. God Bless You✝️

Alex and Tracy Depastino

January 5, 2021

Aunt julie will be greatly missed by many. We will always remember her big smile and silly ways. Always welcoming me (Tracy) with a big hug eveeytime I saw her. Rest in peace Julie

Joe and Linda Truss

January 5, 2021

Aunt Julie will be missed. We have the great memories of her especially of her 100th birthday party. She will always be in our prayers and thoughts. Joe and Linda

Wally Truss

January 4, 2021

Auntie Julie always gave some of the best Christmas gifts when the whole family would meet on Christmas Eve at great grandma Truss,s house. I actually remember getting this really neat airplane .

God bless you Auntie, love Wally