Rita N. D'Amato

October 28, 1927December 30, 2020

Rita (Naughton) D’Amato, 93, of Southington passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She was born on October 28, 1927 in New Britain, CT, the daughter of the late Caroline (Paissan) and William Naughton. Rita graduated from New Britain High School in 1945 and worked for several years as an assistant in the New Britain office of optometrist, Dr. Goodwin. Following her marriage in 1951 to Victor D’Amato she moved to Southington where they raised five children. They lived for 20 years on West Center Street before moving to Ferncliff Drive where they lived for 40 years.

Rita was a generous and devoted wife and mother who always put the interests of her family above her own. She was the consummate hostess, always welcoming, organized and well prepared and she frequently entertained her large family with great feasts. Her spaghetti sauce, her apple pie and carrot cake were especially popular. Rita enjoyed quilting, playing bridge, was an avid reader and was always well versed in current events and trends. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. When her children were grown, she volunteered weekly at the Hospital of Central Connecticut (fka Bradley Memorial Hospital) in Southington for over 20 years. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling and spending the winters in Vero Beach, Florida with Victor, her husband of 63 years.

Rita is survived by her children, Janice D’Amato of Bellevue, WA; Richard J. D’Amato and wife Deborah of Southington; Susan Fagan and husband Steven of East Haddam; Ellen D’Amato and husband Cedric Kalesmaki of Allen, TX; nine grandchildren and a great granddaughter. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband Victor W. D’Amato in 2014, her son, Joseph V. D’Amato in 1995, and her brother William J. Naughton in 2011.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Connecticut Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LLS – CTWHV, P.O. Box 22445 New York, NY 10087-2445 or The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit,


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Lisa Moore

January 8, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Rita was a very beautiful, and special person. May your memories last forever. Thinking of all of you and sending prayers. Lisa & Paul Moore and Family

Lona Jortner

January 3, 2021

My friendship with Rita was truly a blessing. We met in 1984, when she volunteered in the Admitting Department of Bradley Memorial Hospital. Not only did she graciously accept multiple duties but she consistently shared her wonderful sense-of-humor, upbeat attitude, and heartfelt wisdom. She was the epitome of grace and class. We remained in contact all of these years and her influence will continue to guide me.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family as I recall the many ways in which having known Rita enhanced my life.