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Gertrude Gallotello

Gertrude (Cuomo) Gallotello, 82, of Danbury, died peacefully, April 1, following a short illness. She was the beloved wife of 61 years to Peter, who pre-deceased her in November 2011. Born in Manhattan in 1930, she was the beloved daughter of the late Gennaro and Marianne (DiIorio) Cuomo.

Her two daughters, Lucille Harriman of Newtown and Janet Gallotello and her husband, Richard Lynch, of Danbury; two grandchildren and spouses, Jason and Alice Carter and Rebekah Harriman-Stites and her husband, Christopher Stites, and one great-grandchild, Fisher Peter Stites, all of Newtown; and a sister, Christine Cuomo survive Mrs Gallotello. She was the devoted aunt of 18 nieces and nephews. Her sister Carmen and her brother Samuel predeceased her.

Immediately following her high school graduation from Our Lady Of Pompeii on Bleecker Street in New York, she worked on Wall Street as a statistical clerk. In later years she worked alongside her husband in their textile business.

Mrs Gallotello was known as “Baye” to many, representing her being the youngest member of her family. She was most likely the first “fashionista,” and was very fond of leopard pocketbooks and shoes, with everything matching from head to toe. She more recently became known as “Gertie,” and adored being the first to dance at weddings and celebrations.

Calling hours are from 9 to 10 am, Thursday, April 4, at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, followed by a 10:30 am Mass at St Joseph's Church, and burial at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the EverWonder Children’s Museum of Newtown, PO Box 566, Botsford CT 06404, to leave a legacy of love and laughter to her great-grandson and all the children of Newtown.

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