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D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT

OBITUARY

Christopher A. Civitillo Sr.

January 17, 1946October 28, 2019
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Christopher A. Civitillo Sr., 73, of Berlin, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, October 28, 2019 after a brief illness. Chris was born on January 17, 1946, in Sepino, province of Campobasso, Italy, he was the son of the late Amante and Cristina Civitillo. At the age of 17, Chris moved to Florence to live with his beloved uncle and aunt, Adelmo and Carmela Civitillo, to study engineering. In 1966, at the age of 20, sponsored by his Uncle John Civitillo, he emigrated to Hartford, CT, with his mother and father, and joined his uncle’s company as a mason’s apprentice. After years of schooling and preparation in 1975, he proudly became American citizen. During his time in Hartford, he moved into a three story house on White Street where he fell in love with the girl downstairs, his wife and love of his life, Eugenia Russo, whom he was happily married to for over 48 years. Chris built a “castle” for Gina and his family on the beloved Nicholson street in Newington, CT. Together with their two children, Chris and Gina enjoyed their time together with many Italian dinners, family celebrations, and social events at the St. Lucy and Santa Cristina Societies. Their life was filled with four-wheelers, summers in the pool, hunting dogs, family vacations to anyplace there was an arcade, and their annual trip to visit family in Montreal, Canada. Coming into his home meant you had to eat, laugh, listen to his stories, take a tour of his yard, and his reloading area in the basement. Together with his cousin, Aldo, they built a successful masonry business, Cristaldo Masonry, where he and Aldo built several familiar buildings such as Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, Stop and Shop in Newington, CT, and the Avon Public Library. Chris’s life was filled with many hobbies- skeet shooting at the Hartford Gun Club, tending his gardens, deer and pheasant hunting, attending game dinners, playing cards on Wednesday nights at the Pratolana Society, along with countless weekends grilling with his hunting buddies. After closing his company and working for Civitillo Masonry, Chris settled into retirement and enjoyed time with his four grandchildren. Nonno was always the teacher, he loved sharing his stories of his childhood and taught his grandchildren, as he did his children, to “work smarter, not harder”. Chris will be missed by his family and countless friends. especially his “partner in crime” Joe Tamburo. To know Chris was to love him. Chris led a full life, he was a generous and caring, father, uncle, Nonno, brother and cousin. He will forever be missed by wife, Gina, his son, Chris Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and their children Jackson and Lilah, of Newington, CT, his daughter, Sarah Meyerhans, and her husband, Noah, and their children Logan and Henry of Seattle, WA ,his sister and brother-in-law, Albertina and Dominico Valente of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, his sister-in-law Elisa Civitillo, of Sepino, Italy, and several nephews, nieces, and many cousins. A special thanks go out to the amazing nursing staff in the Yale ICU, especially Katy S., and to the incredible Dr. Tickoo who took care of Chris like a member of her family. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Nicola Maria Civitillo of Sepino, Italy, and his beloved aunt and uncle, Adelmo and Carmela Civitillo. The Civitillo family will be forever grateful for the many kindnesses shown by friends too many to mention. Riposa in pace, Nonno. Ti amiamo e ci mancherai.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church Street, Newington, everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Entombment will immediately follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, November 1st from 4-7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Christopher’s name may be made to the Yale Interstitial Lung Disease Program, c/o Dr Antin-Ozerkis Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, PO Box 208057, New Haven, CT 06520-8057. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Christopher A. Civitillo Sr.

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Grace-Marie Russo

October 31, 2019

Glory to God in His creatures. Chris was the apple of God's eye: always kind, generous, happy. He came from Italy and Gina got a real Italian! He was a bricklayer/businessman, a loving husband and father--the absolute best of the immigrant experience!
Gina and Chris got married in 1971 as Brian Douglas and Grace did.
Mom and Dad, Elisa and Steve Russo, went to Connecticut to attend their wedding and in November, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Steve came to Florida to attend ours. Thank you, Chris! Will never forget riding bicycles built for two, two young couples in the 1970s with their lives ahead of them. You took us to Mystic Seaport/Yale and we laughed and lived it up. May your soul rest in peace, happy forever in timeless eternity with Our Lord +

Lisa Pietraroia (Volpe)

October 31, 2019

Gina and family,
My family and I send our deepest condolences to all of you during this very difficult time. Our hearts go out to all of you and keeping you all in our prayers. We were all absolutely devastated to hear this news. Chris has always been a huge part in my dad's life and he will be missed greatly. He was such a kind and selfless man. His generosity will never be forgotten.
Sincerely,
Lisa Pietraroia (Volpe) and family

Luciana Ruzzier-Naydenov

October 30, 2019

He was one of the kindest and most generous people on the planet ... and boy could he slice some prosciutto. I remember spending lots of time growing up with Zia Gina and Uncle Chris ( though cousins I look to them like an aunt and uncle ). Swimming with them in the pool at their old house , watching him slice prosciutto, and listening to all the great stories he always had. He will be missed greatly. Zia Gina, Chris , Sarah , Jenn and the kids our hearts and prayers are with you. Love you.

Antoinette Ruzzier

October 30, 2019

So heartbroken for Gina, Chris, Sarah, Jenn, Noah, the 4 wonderful grandchildren and all of the family. Chris was a truly wonderful man who will be sorely missed. Love you all sending prayers and a huge hug.

Joe and Carmelina Tamburro

October 30, 2019

Gina, and family we are so so sorry for the loss of Chris, Joe is going to be lost without him he wouldn't stop saying Chis would give you his heart one of the nicest man i ever met on this earth, and he was right, may he rest in peace. Our condolences to you all.

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