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Alexandra “Sandy” Montesanto

Alexandra “Sandy” Montesanto, 76, the beloved wife of James M. Montesanto of Orange, passed away on February 14, 2016. She was born in Beaver Falls, PA on October 21, 1939 to the late Ida Berardelli and John Pernal.

Sandy was active in her community; she was a member of the Orange Historical Society, the Orange Arts & Crafts Guild and a committee member for the Orange Country Fair. Sandy was known for putting everyone, especially her family, before herself. She was selfless, compassionate and self-sacrificing. Her family was her main focus and she enjoyed entertaining at her home and playing games with her family and friends. Sandy was also a lifelong Girl Scout leader, an organization in which she was very active. She was a skilled and talented artisan who excelled at beading, crafts and quilting. She enjoyed animals, nature and bird watching as well as motorcycle touring with her husband. She was loved by all who were privileged enough to know her and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, Sandy is survived by her brother, Richard Pernal; children, James M. Montesanto, Jr., Diane M. Volante and Dina M. Montesanto; and granddaughter, Alessandra. She will also be missed by her loved one’s extended family members, Susan A. Bradford, Steven J. Volante, Richard A. Bova, and Donald E. Demers, as well as nieces, nephews and other family members. She was predeceased by her sister, Henrietta Pernal.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 19, 2016 at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment followed at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, 219 New Haven Avenue, Derby, CT. Arrangements were in the capable hands of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford. Donations may be made to the CT Trails Girl Scouts, 20 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at

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