Eleanor "Ellie" L. (Meriano) Goulette-Istvan, 52, of Fairfield, died April 11, 2010, surrounded by her family in Branford.

Born in Bridgeport to the late Carmen and Lucille Meriano, she was a lifelong resident. Goulette-Istvan held various positions throughout her life as a secretary at Charter Communications and at the Russell Insurance Agency, and worked at Holy Family with the children in the daycare program.

She is survived by her children, Tiffany Goulette of Fairfield and Jasmine and Krystal Goulette of Bridgeport; her sister, Marilyn Meriano of Fairfield; her boyfriend, Chris Senatore and his mother, Elfie Senatore, both of Fairfield; and her friend, Carl Poulsen of Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield; interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may greet her family on today, April 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the funeral home.

To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com