Carolyn Angela Mastronardi

WINCHESTER — Carolyn Angela “Nona†(Costobella) Mastronardi, 90, died Oct. 25, 2009, unexpectedly but peacefully at Sharon Hospital. She was the wife of Francis D. Mastronardi.

Mrs. Mastronardi was born July 20, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from the New York School of Fashion and employed her skills as a talented seamstress and clothing designer. While living in Uniondale, N.Y., she was employed by BOCES of Nassau County, where she worked as a paraprofessional for children with cerebral palsy. Upon retirement in 1980, she and her husband, Frank, built and moved into their dream home in Goshen.

She enjoyed playing golf and gardening, as well as sewing and exercising. Several years after the death of her husband, she moved in with her daughter, Marilyn, in Winchester. For the last three years, she lived at the Geer Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in North Canaan.

She was remembered as a dedicated mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Mastronardi is survived by three children, Marilyn Brennan of Winchester, Frank and his wife, Phyllis Mastronardi, of Southbury and Linda and her husband, Bob Kryjak, of Covington, La.; four grandchildren, Michael Brennan, Matthew and his wife, Michele Brennan, Kristin and her husband, Chris Looney, Emily and her husband, Chip Riggs; and eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Joshua, Jackson, Elaina, Logan, T.J., Dominic and Lilly. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Connie and Mary; and a brother, Joseph.

Services were held Nov. 2 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, Winsted, and at St. Thomas of Villanova Cemetery, Goshen. Memorial donations may be made to Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, at PO Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or visit Visit an online guestbook at

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