Yolanda (Penna) Sgro, 86, passed away on Aug. 25, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Born on Jan. 11, 1932 in Chiravalle Centrale, Prov Catanzaro, in Italy, she came to the United States in 1952 and lived in New Britain for the remainder of her life. Daughter of the late Nicola and Anna Iezzi Penna, and wife of the late Joseph Sgro Jr., she worked in her younger years at North & Judd. Yolanda was a member of St. Ann’s Church in New Britain, but took the most pride in her role of matriarch of her family. She is survived by her daughter, Antoinette Fish and her husband Ralph; sons Nick Sgro, his wife Donna, and David Sgro and his wife Fran. In addition, grandchildren Brian Fish and Sarah and Karen Burke and her husband John, as well as Jenifer and Antonio McDavid and their daughter Kiana. She also leaves two sisters, Fiorina Deluca and Maria Moroniti in Italy, and her sister-in-law Maria Penna in Connecticut. Many nieces and nephews in Italy, the U.K.and the U.S.; as well as cousins in Canada and Italy were also blessed to call her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, two brothers, a niece and two nephews.
Her family would like to extend a special thank you to her devoted neighbor, Felix, and his family for their care and concern, and to her dear friend, Fred “Frekko,” who could always make her laugh.
Yolanda loved nothing more than feeding and caring for her family.
In the true Italian tradition, where food feeds the soul and heart, Yolanda was the heart and soul of her family. The holidays were her favorite times of the year as she could gather her family together and nourish them with the labors of her love and draw joy from seeing them all together. She enjoyed teaching her grandchildren to cook the various foods that would help them carry on the Nonna unique traditional homemade meals they all enjoyed.
Yolanda also enjoyed her vegetable gardens, fig tree and going fishing and clamming -- to, of course, cook for her family. She enjoyed traveling both with friends as well as to visit her family in Italy, watching travel and food television, and singing.
The family would like to give special thanks to Nurse Kelly, aide Shirley, and caregiver Nelya for their efforts and assistance to the family when needed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hartford Health Care at Home Hospice at hartfordhealthcareathome.org/donate
Funeral services for Yolanda will begin on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. from the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Ann Church, North Street, New Britain, Yolanda will be lovingly laid to rest with her husband in St. Mary Cemetery.
Friends and family may call on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Burritt Hill Funeral Home. To share a memory with Yolanda’s family, please visit us at www.burritthill.com .