Maria Sama Iannotti, 93, passed away at Connecticut Hospice, Branford on Monday, December 19, 2011 after having enjoyed a happy and productive life. Maria was born in Wall, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1918 to the late Carmela and Ralph Sama. Maria, the oldest of five siblings, is survived by her brother Joseph Sama (Louise) of Worcester, Mass.; her sister-in-laws Mickey and Marlene Sama and predeceased by her brothers Frank and Leonard Sama, and sister and brother-in-law Rose Colicchio (Nicholas). At a very young age Maria and her parents relocated to Worcester, Ma. and after graduating high school Maria worked as a legal secretary/assistant. Enhanced employment opportunities brought Maria to Bridgeport in the mid 1940’s and upon her marriage to Tony Iannotti in 1948 they settled in Shelton, CT. The couple’s 1993 relocation to North Haven allowed them to be intricately involved in the lives of their grandchildren. Later on, the exceptional care Maria received from her husband Tony, from her daughter in law Bernadette and from her internist, Dr. Georgia Kelly and her staff, permitted Maria to remain comfortably at home until her admission to Connecticut Hospice on November 27th. In addition to her devoted and loving husband of sixty three years, Tony Iannotti, Maria leaves behind her beloved only child, the Hon. Frank A. Iannotti (Hon. Bernadette Conway) of North Haven, CT and her two cherished grandchildren, Ali and Michael Iannotti.
Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Friday morning at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. The visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven. The family would like to thank CT Hospice for the extraordinary care Maria and her family received. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Maria’s memory to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.