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Anne Savino

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Anne (Panza) Savino, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Enrico and Eleanora (Ricciardel­li) Panza on March 21, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from high school in 1951, Anne worked as a secretary in New York City, and while commuting home on the subway met the love of her life Leonard Savino. Anne and Len married in 1954 after he returned home from serving his country in the Korean War. They started their family in Brooklyn, moved to Staten Island and eventually settled in Danbury, Connecticu­t in 1967. Anne and Len raised four children, Dominick, Michael, Anthony and Marianne in a faith filled, loving home.

A member of the Council of Catholic Women and parishione­r of St. Joseph Church for 55 years, Anne devoted years to the church’s CCD program and was the long time contact for the weekly Coffee Hour, her delicious crumb cake always a favorite. After raising her family, Anne worked as an administra­tive assistant for the Local Labor Union 675, retiring in 2015. She was well respected by all the members for her excellent skills, work ethic and commitment to the union.

Anne was a strong woman defined by her love and devotion to her family, friends, and the Roman Catholic Church. Her true calling was motherhood. She adored, and was adored by, her children, grandchild­ren and great-grandchild­ren as well as her extended family. She always listened with an open heart and compassion­ate ear, and her home was the heartbeat of the family. She hosted countless holiday meals and celebratio­ns, especially at Christmas, and will always be remembered for finishing grace with a Bon Appetit!

When her husband was stricken with scleroderm­a, Anne lovingly and tirelessly cared for him at home without a complaint until he went to be with the Lord on May 31, 2002. Maintainin­g family relationsh­ips whether near or far was an important part of her life.

She never forgot your special occasion. Whether you received the perfectly chosen Hallmark greeting card or a Russell Stover chocolate Easter bunny, you always felt loved. Her love connects us all still.

Anne is survived by her children Dominick Savino (Julie), Michael Savino (Laurie), Anthony Savino (Jory) and Marianne Durkin (Michael); her grandchild­ren Nicholas Savino (Kaitlin), Eric Savino (Erika), Dylan Savino, and Max, Michael and Hope Durkin; her great-grandchild­ren Alyssa, Landry, Parker and Aria Savino; her brother-in-law Ben Savino (Gladys); and many special nieces and nephews. Anne was predecease­d by her husband Len and her brothers, Rudy (Loretta) and Tony (Gloria) Panza, and brothers-in-law Tom (Louise) and Bill (Peggy) Savino.

Relatives and friends may join the family Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Please abide by CDC recommenda­tions. Masks will be mandatory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810. Burial will follow in Saint Peter Cemetery, 71 Lake Avenue Ext, Danbury, CT 06811.

In lieu of flowers, contributi­ons in Anne’s memory may be made to Saint Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury, Connecticu­t 06810; and the National Scleroderm­a Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachuse­tts 01923, or at scleroderm­a.org.

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