Jessie B. Gagliano of New Milford, CT, died Saturday September 24, 2016 at Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT, at the age of 96.
She was born February 17, 1920 in New York, NY, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Anastasia) DeStefano. In 1945 she married Arthur Gagliano in Manhattan, NY. Arthur passed away in 1983. Mrs. Gagliano moved to New Milford in 1987.
She is survived by her loving daughter Gayle Gagliano of New Milford, CT and her devoted grandchildren Dane, Adam and Noel, along with Adam’s wife Anna. She was predeceased by her oldest daughter Barbara Gagliano and son-in-law David Schneemann. Jessie came from a large Italian family and was devoted to her siblings and their families. She grew up in the upper East side of Manhattan. Jessie had a career after high school working in an office. One of her friends introduced Jessie to her brother Arthur, the relationship flourished and he became the man she married. Once married Jessie’s role as homemaker began. She dedicated herself to her husband and children. She was an exceptional cook. Of course Italian being her specialty. She was famous for her cheesecake which she once marketed to restaurants.
Jessie was loved by everyone who met her, she had a way of making people feel comfortable and special. Her smile was infectious. She loved to socialize and entertain and dance.
Jessie moved up to New Milford in 1987 with her daughter Gayle and became very active in the Senior Center. As grandchildren entered her life she lovingly committed herself to help with their care. They were blessed to have their grandmother love them so unconditionally.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday September 30, 2016 at 2:00pm at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. The internment will be private. Calling hours will be prior to the funeral mass on Friday from 11:00 am to 1:30pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Regional Hospice and Home Care, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT 06810.
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