Gloria A. Najjoum Caruso, age 88, of Stratford passed away peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Atria of Stratford. She was the beloved wife of the late Rosario Caruso, whom she had married on November 4, 1950. Born in Lawrence, MA on July 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Rose Elias Najjoum. Gloria had attended Danbury High School before working at Southern New England Telephone Company of Bridgeport. She later worked in the Bursar's Office at the University of Bridgeport. Her faith was extremely important to her and evident as an active parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church in Stratford. She loved going to ceramics and after retiring, enjoyed traveling with her husband Rosario. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her devoted daughters, Deborah Paolillo and her husband Alphonse of Norwich, Kathleen Phillips of Lake Forest, CA and Sharron McFadden and her husband Desmond of Milford, five cherished grandchildren, Marisa Paolillo, Ryan Phillips and his wife Jessica, Austin Phillips, Zackary McFadden and Alishia McFadden, her two adored great grandchildren, Stella and Delilah. In addition to her beloved husband of 65 years, Rosario, she was also predeceased by her brother, Charles Najjoum.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. directly in Our Lady of Grace Church, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford. Interment will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Easton. Friends may greet the family on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 http://www.hospice.com/donate/.