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Died: Tue., Oct. 3, 2006

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Carmine Nicholas Iannuzzi Sr., 81, of Woodbridge, devoted husband of Ethel "Rusty" Schmitt Iannuzzi, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 3, 2006 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Carmine was born in Casalduni, Italy on July 16, 1925. He immigrated to the United States in 1939. From 1948 to 1952, he served his country with the US Army of Occupation in Japan. After his discharge, he was employed at the Uniroyal Chemical Company as a pipe fitter and chemical worker until his retirement in 1999. During his time at Uniroyal, he served in various official capacities for Union Local 218, United Rubber Workers. He was an untiring advocate of worker's rights. Carmine was a man of the Earth. He was an extraordinary gardener with a special penchant for tomatoes. There was always an over-abundance of assorted vegetables, fruits, and flowers enveloping his land. In addition, he was a selfless, kind-hearted individual who was ready to assist anyone in need. Aside from his work and garden, Carmine was an avid New York Yankees fan. Most importantly, he was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who treasured his family above all else. Carmine was greatly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all. Beside his wife, he is survived by his step mother, Pasqualina Corbo Iannuzzi of Woodbridge; 3 sons, John (Susan) Iannuzzi of New Smyrna Beach, FL., Carmine Iannuzzi Jr. of Bethany & William Iannuzzi of Woodbridge; 4 daughters, Gloria (Michael) Calhoun of Bethany, Cynthia Iannuzzi of Westport, Teresa Iannuzzi (Elliot Schlessel) of Woodbridge & Lisa Iannuzzi of New Haven; 2 brothers, Nicholas (Dolores) Iannuzzi of Fall River, MA & Pasquale R.(Carol) Iannuzzi of Litchfield; 4 grandchildren, Victor, Anthony, Melinda & Andrew Calhoun. Funeral from The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight), New Haven Saturday morning at 10:15. Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Center Rd., Woodbridge at 11:00. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Interment, with Military Honors, in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Contributions may be made to The Conn. Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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