Teresa Pontillo

Obituary of Teresa Pontillo

Teresa V. Pontillo, age 82, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of Salvatore P. Pontillo. Born in Bridgeport on March 8, 1936 she was a daughter of the late Virgilio Mandanici and Maria Giardina Mandanici.

Terri was employed by the City of Bridgeport, initially at the Dinan Center as a Patient Family Counselor, followed by the Bridgeport Social Services Department, and eventually holding the position of Acting Treasurer until her retirement at age 69. The youngest sister of Mayor John C. Mandanici, Terri was an active member in the Democratic Federation of Women. Once she established residency in Monroe, she became active in the Democratic party and ran for office several times. Terri served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bridgeport. Terri was also an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 176, and a volunteer at St. Vincent’s Cancer Center.

Terri’s greatest enjoyment was found in the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid Pinochle player and enjoyed playing with the girls on Wednesdays. Terri was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her beloved husband of 61 years, Sammy, other survivors include her loving son, Paul, his wife Susan, and their children Paul Joseph, Brandon, Erica and Alex. Also left to cherish Terri’s memory is her devoted daughter Connie Belush, and children, Michele and Jon. Terri was blessed with three great grandchildren, Kiersten, Paul Joseph, and Cameron. Terri is survived by her nieces Theresa Valentino, Rosemary Goode, and her nephew Michael Valentino, as well as a number of other relatives, including her brother-in-law Anthony Pontillo and his wife, Donnis.

Teresa was predeceased by her brothers Constantino, John, Samuel, Gustave, Ernest, and sisters Rose Korsko and Florence Valentino. Terri was also predeceased by two beloved nephews Virgil Korsko and Marc Valentino.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Jude’s Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe for a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.  Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. until 8: 00 p.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

In lieu of flower memorials, contributions may be made to St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound.

St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606