D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


John Lavinio

June 5, 1923January 9, 2020

John S. Lavinio, 96, of South Glastonbury and formerly of Wethersfield, CT, Charlestown, RI and Vero Beach, FL died, January 9, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Hartford, June 5, 1923 to the late Stepfano and Francesca (Codraro) Lavinio. A graduate of Weaver High School, and a decorated veteran of WWII, he served with the Army’s 343rd Medical Dispensary Unit in several countries in the European Theater. During his service in the U.S. Army he was awarded several medals, most notably the Soldier’s Medal. Returning to Connecticut after the war, he met and was married to Angela Sapia of Hartford, and raised his family in Wethersfield, where he resided until 1999. Prior to retirement, John managed Valley Coal Oil Company, a subsidiary of Mobile Oil. In his retirement, John traveled between homes in Connecticut and Florida, enjoying time with family, friends, and his passion for golf. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Angela (Sapia); son Stephen J. Lavinio, his wife Patricia; daughters Donna Acker, her husband Michael, Pamela Hutchinson, her husband Kenneth along with seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. John was predeceased by his brother Thomas, sisters Catherine and Nettie Lavinio and Marie Laraia. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish (St. Elizabeth Seton Church), 280 Brook Street, Rocky Hill. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Contributions in his memory may be made to either: Hartford HealthCare At Home Hospice Care, 1290 Silas Deane Hwy #4b, Wethersfield, CT 06109 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104. To share a memory with the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Burial Friday, January 17, 2020


John Lavinio

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Agnes Lendvai-lintner

January 14, 2020

Dear Angie, I am sending love and prayers to You and your Family. John was truly a kind , gentle Giant! I will miss his good humor. May He Rest In Peace 💕

Don/Beverly MacGlashan

January 13, 2020

The world has lost another member of the greatest generation.
He will be sorely missed by many. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Don and Beverly MacGlashan

Kristin Flynn

January 13, 2020

The memories of this man as a husband, father and grandfather with be forever cherished by his beautiful family. Thinking of you all and sending hugs.

Kathy Revelle

January 11, 2020

Every time I was in the presence of John, he had a smile on his face and kind words said. What a wonderful example of a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Everyone in the family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim and Kathy Revelle