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Evelyn Tedesco

Evelyn Dolores Tedesco (Degruttola)

Wednesday, August 24th, 1921 - Saturday, June 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Evelyn DeGruttola Tedesco, age 98 of Danville, California, passed away on June 1, 2019. She was the widow of The Honorable Samuel J. Tedesco, former Mayor of Bridgeport and Lt. Governor of Connecticut. Her parents were Ralph and Beatrice DeGruttola. Evelyn graduated from Stratford High School in 1939. After finishing business school, she was employed at Manning, Maxwell and Moore in Stratford; and in 1941 was married to Samuel J. Tedesco. While State Representative, Tedesco was serving in Europe in WWII, Evelyn worked as a secretary at the State Capitol in Hartford. In addition to being First Lady of Bridgeport, CT from 1957 to 1965 and Second Lady of CT from 1963 to 1965, Evelyn was the first woman to ever serve in the Connecticut Constitutional Convention which took place in 1966. She had a keen eye for design and from the 1970’s through 2000, she restored historic homes in Greenwich, Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut and Marin County, in California.

Evelyn is survived by her loving son, Joseph R. Tedesco and his wife Charlene of Pleasant Hill, CA., and a beloved niece Johanna von Hollinger of Stratford. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel, her parents Ralph and Beatrice DeGruttola, her sister Jennie DeFrancesco and a baby brother Dominic DeGruttola.

In abiding with Evelyn’s wishes, a private service was held at St. Michael Cemetery in Stratford on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport has been entrusted with the services. For online condolences and memorial tributes visit us at commercehillfh.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Michael's Cemetery
    Address
    2205 Stratford Avenue
    Stratford, Connecticut 06615
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    Officiant
    Fr. Eugene Szantyr
  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Michael's Cemetery
    Address
    2205 Stratford Avenue
    Stratford, Connecticut 06615
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Elaine Bissenden

Posted at 06:57am
Evelyn was a lovely, gracious very welcoming woman with a beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.
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