Deborah M. Sencio

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 20:59


Deborah M. Sencio, 72, of Hickory, NC, passed peacefully on Saturday Nov. 27, 2021, with her beloved husband of 50 years, William J. Sencio, her two sons, and her one granddaughter by her side. Born in New Britain, Deborah was one of six siblings, children of John and Virginia Scanlon. She and William were married in 1971, and have rarely spent a day apart since then. Deborah went to school at St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Connecticut State University, and worked as an insurance underwriter before transitioning to become a full-time mom to her sons, Ian and James.

As her children grew up, Deborah was actively involved in many school, sport, and extracurricular programs in Southington, and was a passionate advocate for the families of police officers, veterans and other first responders, as well as animal rights. She loved watching movies, reading romance novels, knitting, playing games, and rooting for her beloved UConn Women’s Basketball team. She was a much better baker than she ever gave herself credit for.

In 2007, William and Deborah retired to Hickory, NC. Since that time, they hosted their son

James and welcomed his two children, Hailey and Shane, who grew up with “Grandma and Grandpa” in Hickory. Ever committed to the ones she cared about, Deborah stayed in contact with family and friends from afar, and never missed an opportunity to visit Connecticut for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations.

Deborah is survived by her husband William, her son Ian Sencio and his partner Rebecca Barrieau, her second son James Sencio, her grandchildren Hailey and Shane, her sisters Frances Scanlon, Maureen Scanlon, and Johanna Scanlon Thibault and her husband Rich, her brother Michael Scanlon and his wife Dawn, brother-in-law Nicholas Sencio and his wife Catherine, as well as nieces and nephews Nicholas, Jr., Mary, Katy, Margaret, Liz, Erin, and Kevin. She was predeceased by her mother, father, sister Bridgett Janiak, and nephew Keith. Deborah is also survived by the many people to whom she was a second mother over the years, and the many lives she touched with her humor, warmth and kindness.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy in

Plainville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Deborah’s name to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, to support the families of first responders lost in the line of duty


Posted in New Britain Herald, on Thursday, 2 December 2021 20:59. Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021 21:01.