Dorothy May Erickson Celso, 96, of Hamden, departed this life on Saturday, June 15, 2019 holding her daughter’s hand. Married for 63 years to the late Anthony Celso, she was born August 7, 1922 in West Haven, CT, a daughter of the late Willard J. and Maryellen Daly Erickson. Having worked for New Haven Railroad and the New Haven Tobacco Company during the war years, she waited patiently for Tony to return from his service with Army. They built what would become their family home on Westminster Street in Hamden where she would live for the next 65 years. Dottie enjoyed being a homemaker and a mother, spending time with friends and family, backyard picnics and weekend travel. A love of all animals but particularly cats, she was also known to be a chocoholic. She was a three-time cancer survivor, having dealt with each occurrence with the strength courage and sense of humor that ultimately allowed her to live almost to her 97th years. Dottie is survived by her daughter Cynthia Celso and her husband William Cornelius of North Haven, granddaughter Beth White (Steve) and great-granddaughter Elie of Lexington KY, as well as sister-in-law Lena Celso and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Willard Erickson, Jr. and sister Helen R. Grillo. The last two and a half years of her life were spent at Benchmark Senior Living in Hamden, where Dottie enjoyed the company of new friends, activities and adventures that surly enhanced the late years of her life. Her daughter is grateful for the caring staff at Benchmark, as well as Mt. Carmel Medical Associate and Constellation Hospice.
The visiting hours will be Wednesday, June 19th from 5 to 7 pm at the North Haven Funeral , 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Family and friends are invited to meet at the office of All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Avenue, North Haven on Thursday morning, June 20th at 9:45 to follow the procession to the graveside for a 10:00 service. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Haven, Inc. 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473 or Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265