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Obituary: Pauline Balsano

Pauline Spalla Balsano died peacefully in her Monroe home at the age of 97.

Pauline Spalla Balsano, age 97, died peacefully in her home in Monroe on Sunday November 25. She is survived by her sister Libby Cicala and her husband Joseph Cicala of McLean, Virginia, her daughter Virginia Vaccaro of Redding, and her son Paul Balsano and his wife Debralee Hovey of Monroe.

Her grandchildren are Alison Greenspan, Justin Vaccaro, Ashley Balsano and Jessica Balsano. Great granddaughters are Sydney and Lindsay Greenspan. Pauline was predeceased by her husband Joseph Balsano.

Always busy and active, Pauline was a member (for over 80 years!) of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield and of the American Legion. At age 80, she decided to learn Spanish and enrolled at Sacred Heart University. She was an avid reader and was involved with Literacy Volunteers and with the Meals-on-Wheels program. She never did forgive her children for taking away her car keys; but spent the last several years enjoying the company of wonderful friends and her neighbors at High Meadows in Monroe.

For the past year, Pauline was in the excellent care of her live-in companions- Barbara, Melissa, and Joanne, who became family and made us all happy.
A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends at 11 a.m. Friday, November 30 at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home at 315 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice-at-Home, 765 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or to The First Presbyterian Church, 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825. Online condolences may be made at www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com

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