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Born: Tue., Nov. 27, 1923
Died: Thu., Mar. 19, 2020

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Nancy Ann (Nuzzo) Cassella – born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 27, 1923. Passed March 19, 2020How  do  you  even  begin  to  write  about  the  life  of  a  woman who gave so much to so many? About a woman whose surviving husband (Ernest) of 72 years used so  many  beautiful  adjectives  to  describe  her  to  the  hospice  worker  that  the  worker  remarked  she  literally  couldn’t  keep  track.  Compassionate,  kind,  smart,  beautiful, funny, generous, giving of her time to raise money  for  charities  that  supported  the  most  in  need.  The Red Cross, Women and Girls Funds, The American Cancer Society, St. Raphael’s Hospital, The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, The Bethany Airport Community Centre, The Clark Memorial Library and her church – the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge, Connecticut where she was on the Parish Council, a Cantor,  a  Eucharistic  Minister,  and  a  soloist  in  the  choir.  Nancy  was  widely  recognized  for  her  volunteer  work  and  fundraising  activities  and  was  awarded  the  Humanitarian Award by the American Red Cross for her 60+ years of service. In her tenure there she travelled the  world,  including  China  and  Israel  where  she  met  with the President of Israel and members of the Israeli Red Cross.Born  in  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  Nancy  (Nuzzo)  Cassella was 96 years young when she passed peacefully in her sleep. She was forever dedicated to her husband Ernie  as  they  remained  madly  in  love  until  the  end.  And right up until the end she lived a purpose driven life. That purpose being to help as many people as she could  while  she  was  on  this  planet.  Even  in  her  final  years in her retirement community she made sure that the residents with whom she shared meals, and trips, and  books,  and  stories,  felt  that  they  were  seen.  She  learned  their  names.  She  said  hello.  She  asked  how  they  were  doing.  She  became  an  Ambassador  to  the  facility so people knew she was always there to help. Purpose driven to the end.She leaves and loved her adoring husband of 72 years, Ernest  (Ernie)  J.  Cassella,  Sr.  her  four  children,  Michael Ernest Cassella and his wife Dona, Ernest James Cassella,  Jr.  and  his  wife  Dr.  Dina  Levin,  Paul  Andre  Cassella, and Margaret (Maggie) Cassella and her wife Marie-Josee Simone Bertrand.She  also  leaves  her  sisters  Lorraine  (Nuzzo)  Bailey  (Everett),  and  Mary  (Nuzzo)  Markowski.  She  was  pre-deceased by her brother Vincent Nuzzo and her sister Roseanne (Nuzzo) Conte.She  loved  her  grandchildren,  Michael  David  Cassella  and his wife Susan Tardiff, Kate (Cassella) Mollica and her husband Mark, Samuel Quinnipiac Cassella, Thom-as Cassella, Christopher Cassella, Michael Christopher Cassella, and Eliza Cassella.Her  great-grandchildren,  Leo  Salvatore  Mollica,  Vincent Mollica, and Sebastian Ennio Mollica.Extended  special  family  included  Martin  “Marty”  J.  Dunleavy and Peggy Hetherington.Nancy also had many nieces and nephews that she tru-ly loved, adored, and held near always.The family would like to extend a special thanks to the professionals,  helpers  and  extended  caregivers  who  helped make the end of Nancy’s life one of peace and security:  Attorney  Donna  Levine,  Mary  Parcella,  Muriel  Abbey Mensah,  Stephanie  Giglio-Dagliere,  Jackie  Dale, Elaine McDunnah and the staff and members of her  retirement  community  for  all  of  their  friendships,  loving care and attention.A memorial service will be held in safer times. Donations  in  Nancy’s  name  can  be  made  to  the  American  Red Cross.CASSELLA, NANCY

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Devon Query
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
This obituary is beautiful and I have to agree with Ernie that those adjectives only begin to describe a most lovely and generous person. I am forever glad to have known Nancy and will remember her joyful voice forever. Much love to all the family.

Janet & Hazel
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
What an extraordinary woman! She will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

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