Mary Catherine (Sama) Cimadon Raffonello, 102, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 10, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Born in New Britain on March 29, 1915, she was the daughter of Francesco and Concetta (Lagana) Sama. She attended Camp Elementary School and Central Junior High School graduating at the age of 15. After graduation she attended Italian School where she learned to read and speak Italian fluently. She worked at Landers, Frary and Clark and later for New Britain General Hospital setting up instrument trays for surgeries when she retired in 1979.
Mary was very artistic and loved sewing, quilting and painting. She lovingly hand-stitched quilts for many members of her family that will be treasured as family heirlooms. Mary enjoyed painting pictures of flowers and scenery and was proud of the awards she won for some of her paintings. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Al and took many trips throughout Europe, Canada and the United States.
Mary always wanted a big family and she got her wish. When she married her second husband, Al, her family grew by two daughters and their families.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ronald and Ann Cimadon of Enfield, Arlene and Robert Donahue of New Britain, Carole and Vincent DiLorenzo of Southington and her step-daughter, Catherine, and Nicholas Perna; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Raffonello; granddaughter, Diane DiLorenzo; one great-grandson, Kyle Rossignol; grandson, Brian Donahue; step-daughter, Marie Sanchirrico, and her husband, John; and her brother, Peter Sama.
Mary’s family would like to thank the wonderful and giving staff at Southington Care Center for their support and love of their “Gram” throughout the nine years she spent there. Mary and her roommate Thelma, developed a great friendship during their time together, whom she now leaves behind as an additional member of her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 195 S. Main St., New Britain, followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends are invited to call on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Luddy-Peterson Funeral Home, 205 S. Main St., New Britain.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southington are Center, Crabapple Way, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, CT 06489.