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Rita Merlotti

October 14, 2018
Rita Merlotti
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Rita (Calabrese) Patterson Merlotti, age 89, of Bridgeport, beloved wife of Mario Merlotti, died on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Patterson.Rita was born in Bridgeport to Salvatore and Antonina (Giannone) Calabrese. She retired from the City of Bridgeport where she had worked in the handicapped services department.  She loved people and never uttered a harsh word about anyone. Rita was kind and loving and enjoyed entertaining and cooking for family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother lovingly devoted to her family.In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, John Patterson and his wife, Deborah of Milford; one daughters, Kathleen Axelrod and her husband, Brad, of Hamden; two step-daughters, Christine Drew and her husband, Phil, of Oregon and Debbie Basso and Peter Kirk of Tennessee; eleven grandchildren, John Jr., Matt, Kate, Sherry, Deana, Larry, Amy, Mark, David, Katie and Scott; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Sadie Fasulo, Mary Giannatassio and her brother, Joseph Calabrese.Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10 am DIRECTLY at St. Andrew Church, Bridgeport with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. Please visit to express condolences.

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4:00 PM 10/17/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/17/2018 8:00:00 PM
Pistey Funeral Home

2155 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

Pistey Funeral Home
2155 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM 10/18/2018 10:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 10/18/2018 10:45:00 AM
St. Andrew Church

395 Anton Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

St. Andrew Church
395 Anton Street Bridgeport 06606 CT
United States

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Private Interment Final Resting Place
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