1922 – 2015
Grosvenordale – Teresa E. Muraco, the “Sweetheart of Grosvenordale,” age 93, of Klondike Street, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Westview Health Care in Danielson. Born in Grosvenordale, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Mary (Molinaro) Muraco.
Miss Muraco was a 1940 graduate of Tourtellotte Memorial High School. She was employed by the Cargill Trust and Putnam Savings Banks and as a waitress for Duffy’s Catering and Bakery. She then went on to work as a clerk for the family services office at the Superior Court in Putnam for fifteen years until her retirement in 1984.
Miss Muraco was a member of the Connecticut State Retirees Association, the Daughters of Isabella, St. Bernard’s Columbiettes, the Democratic Town Committee, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #67, the Friends of St. Joseph and Sacred Heart, Community Fire Auxiliary, Thompson Hill Fire Auxiliary and the West Thompson Fire Auxiliary feeding firemen at the site of many a blaze during all kinds of weather conditions, handing out hot chocolate at the towns annual bonfire, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Quinebaug #1088, Thompson Together, and the Thompson Historical Society. She volunteered at St. Joseph Thrift Store, the American Red Cross for 20 years, worked the Thompson Voting Polls for many years, and Volunteered in 2011 for the Worcester “First Night.” She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in N. Grosvenordale and was a volunteer for many of the church suppers. Miss Muraco received the Emergency Services Award, VFW Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011, Thompson Lions “Sweetheart of the Year” Award, Thompson Volunteer of the year Award in 2011. She enjoyed watching the 4th of July fireworks in Boston and was an avid fan of the UConn Girls Basketball and the New York Yankees.
Teresa is survived by her extended family and caregivers, Shirley Houle of N. Grosvenordale, Ray Houle of N. Grosvenordale, and Phillip Houle of N. Grosvenordale; her brother in-law Paul Olson; several nieces; nephews; many friends and neighbors, especially the Johnson family: Pat, Linda, Ed and Joe. She was predeceased by her sisters, the late Palma Muraco, Jean Olson, Rose Muraco, Vincentina Muraco; and her brothers, the late Anthony, Samuel, and Frank Muraco.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Teresa’s family from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 23, 2015 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Miss Muraco’s name to St. Joseph Church, P.O. Box 897, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255, or to the Community Fire Company, P.O. Box 874, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255.