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Died: Sat., Jun. 11, 2011

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Felina T. "Phyllis" Polverari Festa, 89, of 26 Manila Ave., Woodbridge, passed away June 11, 2011 in The Arden House, Hamden after a long illness. She was the widow of Ernest L. "Gene" Festa. Mrs. Festa was born in New Haven Nov. 21, 1921, daughter of the late Paul and Antoinette Gabucci Polverari. She was a long time Woodbridge resident, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and a member of the Merchigiana Society. She is survived by a daughter, Charlene (Dennis) Festa-Brzozowski of Marco Island, FL.; a son, Eugene (Susan) Festa of Cheshire; a brother, Orlando (Prudence) Polverari of Bethany; a brother in law & sister in law, Julius and Rosemarie Festa of Woodbridge; four grandchildren, Alison, Jessica, Katherine & Nicholas; and a great grandson, Noah Patrick, all of Cheshire; and many loving nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Geno, Mario, Vincent & Edward Polverari. Phyllis loved her family, cooking (especially li'l fried dough pizzas), dancing, a good party and anything jazzy! Funeral from The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., (cor. Dwight) New Haven Wednesday, June 15th at 9:20. Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Mother Church, 1700 Litchfield Tpke., Woodbridge at 10:00. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

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Kandy Esposito
   Posted Sun June 12, 2011
Hi Charlene,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom , My thought and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Kandy Esposito and Family

Kris Festa
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Aunt Beans,

You'll always be in my heart.

I have the best memories with you growing up; in the pool.....making me "taste" beer....always cooking something, and you and my mother do the "polka" at parties!!!


Rosemarie Festa
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Phyllis, Junnie and I will always remember our good times together the party we gave you and Gene on your 25th wedding anniversay we stayed up until wee hours of the morning after everybody left and Gene and you asked me how I cooked all lthat food without you knowing it. We will lnever forget you. Eugene and Charlene our thoughts will always be with the two of you. Love Aunt Rose and Uncle Junnie

Catherine Esparo Triplett
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Aunt Phyl,

I will always remember your smile and the happiness you brought to those around you. Thank you for always welcoming me.

I pray that the Lord's Peace be with your family.


David Hunter
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Gene , Charlene and families.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was a wonderful woman. Our loss is heavens gain.

Rosemarie McDonnell
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Gene & Charlene, always remember the laughs and great times Aunt Rosie & Uncle Mikey had with your mom! She was truly loved...what a spark she had! Our thoughts are with you both.
Cousins, Rosemarie & Joe

Debi De Luca Halvorson
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
Dear Charlene and Gene and family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We were all one big family way back when. I wish my kids could have grown up as we did. I will miss your Mom she was a special lady. Stay strong and remember the good times it will help to get you through the bad ones.

Vickie Cusanelli Krasowski
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Dear Charlene. I just lost my mom this past week and have been looking at obits daily since then...and I just found your mom's. Though I didnot know sooner the lateness of this message does not mean I don't feel for you. I am sure that she is cooking and bragging about your dancing ability as a child to all the angels. Hope you are well and again my sincere condolences,
Vickie Krasowski

Shannon Fitzgerald-Fahs
   Posted Tue December 04, 2012
I am very sorry about your loss! I will always have a special piece in my heart for Phyliss and The Festa Family. I loved Phylis's Spunk, she was always on the go, and always wanting to cook for you cause she thought you were hungry. Heaven Got another angel the day she passes. I will miss you greatly!!!

Natalie Kowalski Stipe
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Charlene, I was trying to locate your address, as I go to FL. every so often to visit my brother. I came across this obit. for your mom.....God, she was a beautiful woman! I will always remember her and how kind she was to me. I lost both my parents ...my dad 2 years ago, gosh, it seems like yesterday!
I would LOVE to hear from you. May God bless you and I will say a prayer for your mom. I know how you feel. Bless you and I will always love you.

   Posted Fri February 01, 2013

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