J. Louise Retano Obituary

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J. Louise Retano

October 21, 1920 - May 6, 2014
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J. Louise Retano, 93, passed peacefully on May 6, 2014, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. A life-long resident of New Britain, Ms. Retano was a devoted daughter and aunt, skillful electrologist and lover of Italian culture and family history. The eldest of four siblings, Ms. Retano was born to Ralph and Catherine (Peronace) Retano on October 21, 1920. After attending local schools, Ms. Retano studied at the Moody Secretarial School and Central Connecticut State College. Following a nine year career as a medical secretary with the Veteran's Administration in Newington, Ms. Retano pursued her interest in electrolysis, opening her own...
J. Louise Retano, 93, passed peacefully on May 6, 2014, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. A life-long resident of New Britain, Ms. Retano was a devoted daughter and aunt, skillful electrologist and lover of Italian culture and family history. The eldest of four siblings, Ms. Retano was born to Ralph and Catherine (Peronace) Retano on October 21, 1920. After attending local schools, Ms. Retano studied at the Moody Secretarial School and Central Connecticut State College. Following a nine year career as a medical secretary with the Veteran's Administration in Newington, Ms. Retano pursued her interest in electrolysis, opening her own practice, Exclusively Electrolysis, in West Hartford. Over the forty years that her business thrived, Ms. Retano's loyal cliental grew, with many clients becoming close friends.
In addition to attending to her patrons, Ms. Retano will long be remembered for the steadfast care she gave to her mother when she was ill making it possible for her mother to remain in the family home built by Louise's uncles, until she passed. Having a strong interest in the family history, Ms. Retano studied the Italian language extensively and made numerous trips to Italy to spend time with relatives. While she welcomed adventure, enjoying weekend trips to the Berkshires, she also loved her home, cooking, gardening and decorating. Having a playful spirit herself, she always enjoyed spending time with children, especially with her nephews and nieces as they were growing up. She relished the summers spent in Old Saybrook and, throughout her entire life, loved to dance, sing and laugh.
Ms. Retano was predeceased by a sister, Susan Salem, and a brother, Salvatore Retano.
She will be missed by her sister, Lee Ann Collomore of St. Augustine, FL and her nieces, Kathryn Collomore, who feels blessed for being able to share so much laughter with Louise during her later years, and Denise McBride as well as nephews William Collomore, Paul Retano, Tom Retano, Dr. George Salem, Dr. Robert Salem and Dr. Edward Salem.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the caring staff at Hartford Hospital and to Louise's "family" at St Mary Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Home West 1, 2021 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06111 Att. Eileen Cleary or to an Alzheimer's organization of choice.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 16th at 10am in the St. Mary Garden Mausoleum, 1309 Stanley St., New Britain.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com

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"J. is a friend I will remember forever. Before appointments, we spent time chatting over coffee, cheese, crackers. We spent time together on holidays,..." Adrianne Brown (Newington, CT)

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