Sophie (Rio) Longo, 95, of New Britain, CT, beloved wife of the late Thomas Longo passed away peacefully Thursday, September 26, 2019 with her loving family by her side. Sophie was the daughter of the late Santo and Josephine (Zappulla) Rio. She retired as an Executive Secretary from New Britain Machine/Litton Industries at the age of 70, after which she enjoyed traveling with her family. Other hobbies included, daily three mile walks at West Farms Mall with family & friends, reading, knitting, & rooting for her favorite teams; NY Yankess, and UCONN Womens Basketball.
Sophie is survived by her loving daughters and son-in-laws, Joyce & Donald Rapoza of East Windsor, CT and Sandra & Anthony Greco of Southington, CT, as well as five grandchildren, Holly Ledbetter of TN, Tricia Powell and Dawn Estes of VA, Donald Rapoza of CO, and Lynn Magnus of NJ, nine great grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters. Sophie was predeceased by her four brothers, Dominic, Louis, Steven and Lucien Rio. The family would like to thank the Hospital of Central CT, Hospice, and Autumn Lake of New Britain, especially Verna Redwood, Mom’s “Guardian Angel”, for all the love and compassion showed in these trying times. Fly high Mom – We will always love & miss you.
A Private Celebration of Sophie’s life will be held at St. Ann Church, New Britain. Committal Service and final resting place will be private in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain, CT. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. The Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. has charge of arrangements. To extend condolences to the Longo family or to share a memory of Sophie, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM