Published 12:57 pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Martha D'Apice, 95, of Fairfield, the wife of the late Anthony J. D'Apice, died Sept. 13, 2010.
Born on Dec. 3, 1914, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Carmela (Riccio) Petrucelli.
A contralto singer, she began singing solo at the age of 8 in the choir of Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport, and continued singing at weddings, local events and patriotic programs. She also played the piano. In later years, she performed with the Fairfield Elderberrie at the Senior Citizen Center and on the local nursing home circuit.
She began bowling 10 pins in her 70s and scored a 200 prior to giving up the sport a few years ago. She also enjoyed cooking, and continued to try new recipes into her 90s. She was a founding member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Nichols and a member of its Ladies Guild and Altar Society. She also performed in two musical fundraisers for the church. She was also a member of the St. Thomas Seniors. She had been both a Den mother and Brownie leader, and was involved in her children's educational activities.
She also had been employed at Lerner Shops and the Royal Cloak factory.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Joseph (Cecilia) D'Apice of Fairfield and Rita (Van) Gould of Killingworth; her grandchildren, Mary (Yoshi Ogawa) D'Apice of Redwood City, Calif.; Martha (John Banks) D'Apice of New York City; Anthony (Jennie) D'Apice and Ann D'Apice of San Francisco, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Aya Ogawa D'Apice, Lucas Banks, Allison and Evelyn D'Apice; three step-grandchildren, Douglas Gould of Colorado, Amy Amedy and Randy Gould of Florida; step-great-granddaughter, Annabelle Gould; siblings Evelyn (Dr. Richard) Manjoney of West Haven and Anthony (Janet) Petrucelli of Shelton. She was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick (Pauline) Petrucelli of Fairfield and sister and brother-in-law Laura (Michael) Elias of North Franklin.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road. Burial will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824; the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road, Suite 105, Middletown, CT 06457, or to the charity of one's choice. For information or to sign an online register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.