Mary J. Christoforo Simiola, 88, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Simiola.  Mary was born in New Haven and was the 10th child of 14 to the late Michael and Rose Valentino Christoforo.  It was an amazing family that left their legacy of Italian tradition to their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.  Mary worked as a phenomenal seamstress at the Alba Dress and Andy & Tommy Dress Shop and also was a self-employed designer of woman’s clothing as well as Cabbage Patch Doll clothes in her early years.  As a parishioner of St. Therese Church, she was a deeply spiritual woman and was a “powerhouse of prayer”.  She demonstrated exemplary grace and perseverance when her husband became disabled raising two young children.  Mary lived her life for her family.  She will be remembered for her many talents including sewing, baking, cooking and gardening and her magical ability to fix anything! Her Italian cuisine was legendary.  Mary generously helped the less fortunate since 1999 when she continued her granddaughter’s community service project by providing 30 weekly lunches for the homeless. Mary believed that simplicity is beauty as she lived a simple life with a beautiful heart.  Mary was a patient and loving mother to Terri (Bob) Murphy of North Haven and MaryRose Dinan of Wallingford, grandmother to Kristina (Jamie) Kehlenbach, Laura & Sarah Dinan as well as Nonnie to her great-grandchildren, Joshua & Hailey Kehlenbach who were the heartbeats of her life.  Sister of Philomena Abatello, Josephine & Nancy Cuseo, Charles & Tony (Mary) Christoforo and the late Lucy Buonpane, Rose Migliaro, Frank, John, Matteo, Pasquale and Salvatore Christoforo.  Sister-in-law of Bernice Christoforo.

Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Monday morning at 11:00.  Family and friends may call from 9:00 to 11:00.  In precious memory and in celebration of her life, a Mass of Christian burial will be held in St. Therese Church at 11:30.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  To continue Mary’s life of service, donations and/or community service is encouraged to a favorite charity.