Maria (Marie) S. Grignano, 97, of Orange, passed away on Friday, June 21, at St. Raphael’s Hospital. Marie was born in Hamden, September 25, 1921, daughter of the late Gennaro and Angelina Palmieri. She was the widow of Generoso J. Grignano and the mother of Domenic Grignano of Orange. She was pre-deceased by her siblings, Yolanda Baraglia, Frank Palmieri and Luigi Palmieri.
Marie worked at Sargent before retiring to a full life of friends, family and enjoyment. Her interests included bowling, playing cards, bingo, attending the West Haven Senior Center, crocheting and making trips to the casino. She was an exceptional cook who entertained often. All these activities kept her active and content. Her love for the theater was one of her greatest joys. Marie was an elegant lady, fashionable and exceedingly stylish, who attended many Broadway shows. As an exceptionally devoted mother to her only child, Domenic, she offered indispensable help to him during the times he led New Haven Performing Arts Theatre and Dance Theatre Productions in New Haven which was part of the New Haven Public Schools. Hundreds of children remember her for being not only a talented costume maker but also a tireless supporter of theatrical performances. In addition to her devoted son, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home, 1022 Dixwell Avenue, in Hamden on June 25th and 26th. Religious ceremonies were at St. Rita’s Church (Devine Mercy Parish) which was a very special mass including music such as “Maria” from the Broadway show, “West Side Story,” “On Eagles Wings” and “I Will Raise You Up” from Josh Groban, and a special rendition of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” A special thanks to St. Rita’s musical director for spending many hours with Domenic arranging the various musical numbers which were accompanied by an organ, grand piano, and a violinist. Mr. Torello, the funeral director, commented “it was one of the nicest funeral masses that I’ve ever seen.” Evelyn Ryan, the niece of Maria Grignano, gave a very touching eulogy highlighting her aunt’s many accomplishments and attributes. Burial was at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven, CT.
Memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Bereavement Services, 199 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762 or to a charity of your choice.