Lucy Ann (Melfi) Zangari, 90, of New Britain, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones - finally to reunite with her deceased parents and children. Born March 21, 1927, in Stamford, moved to New Britain in 1952.
Lucy is survived by her husband, Angelo Zangari of New Britain, and her three sons: Nicholas of Ellington, Matthew of East Berlin, and Mark of Bartlett, N.H. She is also survived by Vito Melfi of Monroe (brother), her 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous family in the Stamford area. She is predeceased by: Matthew Melfi (father), Margaret Melfi (Romaniello, mother), Angelo Zangari (son, 1952-1963), Maryann Zangari (daughter, 1961-1972) and Irene Goldkopf (Melfi) sister.
Lucy was a classically trained singer by renowned Professor Fuchs in New York (who also trained Lily Pons). Lucy sang at numerous civic events and church functions, among them an event for President Harry Truman’s daughter, where she sang The Star-spangled Banner. She was also well renowned in the Stamford area for her singing abilities. She worked at the Allstate Insurance Company for 15 years before retiring in 1979, and spent her retirement years traveling with her husband to places like Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, and to visit her grandchildren. Family was of utmost importance to Lucy; she was the typical Italian grandmother, who loved to feed everyone, and made the best Italian dishes. Anyone who knew her was greeted with a smile and cheerful welcome. She joyously kept track of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A week ago, the family celebrated Lucy and Angelo’s 70th wedding anniversary party, with 30+ of her closest family in attendance. She was also a devout Catholic, and loved the Lord wholeheartedly.
Funeral rites for Lucy will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. with the procession departing at 9 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 183 Church St., Newington. Committal service and final resting place will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Directions to funeral home - I-84 east or west - exit 37 (Fienemann Road) right off exit - one mile down on right.
To extend condolences to the Zangari family or to share a memory of Lucy, please visit shakerfuneralhome.com.