SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – Mrs. Josephine M. (Fappiano) DeLoi, 93, formerly of Waterbury and Wolcott, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Langdon Place of Exeter in Exeter, N.H. She was the devoted wife of the late Rocco E. DeLoi.
Mrs. DeLoi was born on March 21, 1924, in Waterbury; daughter of the late Ralph and Giovannina “Jenny” (Ciarleglio) Fappiano Sr. She was a graduate of Wilby High School and worked at Caldor Department Store in the accounting office for many years.
While living in Connecticut, she was very active in many civic organizations and a longtime parishioner of St. Michael Church. Josephine enjoyed knitting and crocheting and was a talented crafter. Several of her creations won awards.
Josephine was a feisty lady who was full of life. After her husband, Rocco, passed away in 1990, she moved to Yarmouth, Mass., where she lived for more than 30 years. She was very involved with the senior center, where she loved to bowl and golf.
Most of all, Josephine was devoted to her family, and spending time with them brought her true joy.
Josephine is survived by her son, Carl DeLoi and his wife, Candence, of Plaistow, N.H.; her daughter, Joanne Grady and her husband, Robert, of Sebastian, Fla.; and her grandchildren, Tom DeLoi, Anna DeLoi and Jillian Grady.
She also leaves behind her brother, Patrick Fappiano; and her sisters, Lois Caron, Marie Holbrook and her husband, Robert, and her brother-in-law, Nepton “Tony” Jaffer, all of Waterbury; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Josephine was predeceased by her grandson, Shawn Grady; her brother, Ralph Fappiano Jr.; and her sisters, Margaret Genova and Jeanette Jaffer.
The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, to St. Michael Church for a Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.