December 1, 1924 – September 23, 2019
Concetta Rose Paolino (nee Matarese) was born in Hartford to Rocco and Jennie (Nanfra) Matarese on December 1, 1924, their third child. Connie was predeceased by her loving husband, Rocco Paolino, Sr., her adored sister, Lucy Forrest and her big brother, Joseph Matarese. Connie died on September 23, 2019 at The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island, SC surrounded by her devoted daughter AnnMarie and son-in-law David Martel, and several caring aides and nurses who became devoted friends. Connie graduated Hartford Public High School in 1942. She married her high school sweetheart, Rocco Paolino, Sr. in 1944, while Rocco served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Miami, Florida. Together, Connie and Rocco raised their children in Rocky Hill initially and then for many years in Newington. Connie was a devoted and loving mom and wife. Family was always most important to her and she loved the song “We Are Family”. She worked for her brother at Matarese Restaurant, and later worked in the business office at Hartford Hospital. She and Rocco retired to a newly built home in Wethersfield and enjoyed many years of winter trips to Pompano, Florida where they made new and wonderful friends. Later, she resided in West Hartford and Hilton Head Island, SC. Connie leaves behind her son, Rocco, Jr. and his wife Marge, her daughter AnnMarie Martel and her husband David Martel, her two grandsons Rocco Paolino, III and Christopher Paolino and his wife Shannon, her two great granddaughters, Julia and Samantha, her step granddaughter, Morgan Martel and her step great granddaughter, Alexandra Tanguay. Connie also leaves behind all of her attentive, loving and caring nieces and nephews; all loved dearly and very much appreciated, especially in her later years and final days. Funeral services will begin Monday (September 30) at 9 a.m. from the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Entombment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, Connie requested that you kindly donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 for the benefit of childrens’ medical care. She did so for many years. To share a memory of Connie with her family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.
- Public Visitation Sunday, September 29, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 30, 2019
- Entombment Monday, September 30, 2019
September 28, 2019
Sending prayers of comfort to Connie's family. I will miss her so much. I loved sitting and talking with her about life, love, children, our childhood memories and old movies. We loved listening to music upstairs at Bayshore and sharing a little wine. Connie became not only a very good friend but a mother figure. I feel extremely blessed and honored to have shared time with her these last 2 years.
I love you Connie! Rest in peace, sweet lady.
September 26, 2019
Have only warm memories of my Aunt Connie. For awhile I was the only nephew on the Paolino side. I was treated like a prince by her (and Uncle Rocco). I stayed over in their first apartment and when they moved to their first house always looked forward to a visit. Aunt Connie made everyone feel both welcomed and happy to know her. I remember many family gatherings with both side of the family...….Rest in peace Aunt Connie, say hi to Uncle Rocco......
we were all better off knowing you.....we ARE family! Love Skipper