Viola “Mae” Sansone, 96, of New Britain, CT passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Hospital of Central CT @ New Britain General. Mae was the wife of Rocco Sansone Sr. for 57 years before his passing. She was born in Ogdensburg, NY and was the daughter of William and Laura Brenno. Mae moved to Connecticut when she was seventeen years old to take care of family. She worked for a year at Pratt & Whitney and as a crossing guard for the city of New Britain but her real job in life was to be a mom. Mae took care of children and family from the age of seventeen up until the day she died. All of her years in Connecticut were spent in New Britain where she managed a three-generation household on Ellis Street. She loved going back home to upstate NY for the summer to visit family and friends. Over the years, she enjoyed going to bingo, knitting, playing cards and going to the casino. Mae loved to make food for everyone (even took special requests) and was known as an amazing cook, always ready to host a party.
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Mae is survived by her son Rocky Sansone Jr. and Christine Begey of Tolland, CT, her daughter Laura Karas and her husband Bob of New Britain, CT. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews- including Myrtis Ashley and her husband, Willard in Ogdensburg, NY, and Mickey and Jean Brenno in upstate NY. Mae was predeceased by her husband Rocco Sansone, daughter Junelle Giannini and son-in-law Ralph Giannini. A special thank you to the nurses in the emergency room at New Britain General Hospital (THOCC) for treating Mae with compassion, caring and respect in her last moments.
A Celebration of Mae’s life will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 295 South Main St., New Britain, CT. Committal service and final resting place will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To extend condolences to the Sansone family or to share a memory of Mae, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM