Ann D’Amato Artell

Ann D’Amato Artell, age 97, passed away peacefully December 13, 2019, at the home of her son Robert and his wife Marybeth. Annie, a nickname that encapsulated her spirit, was born February 20, 1922 in New Milford, Connecticut to Anna and Sabato D’Amato. She was the wife of the late Edwin S. Artell, Sr.

Annie was a force of nature, living independently until the last days of her life. Former Norwalk Mayor Tom O’Connor once commented, “If you could harness her energy you could light the entire city.”  That energy was demonstrated by her numerous list of accomplishments:  24 years as Registrar of Voters, co-owner Quality Homes Real Estate Agency, member of several real estate boards, Norwalk Election Coordinator for Congressman, Stewart McKinney, Governor Thomas Meskill, and several presidents, delegate to the 1980 National Republican Convention nominating Ronald Reagan for President, first president of the Norwalk High School Alumni Association, chairperson and board member N.E.O.N., president of the Norwalk Business and Professional Women’s Association, and so much more. All this achieved by this Class of 1939 Norwalk High School graduate.

Of course all that energy meant she loved to have fun. In social situations, Annie was the life of the party.

She loved to dance especially to big band jazz but readily adapted to rock and roll. She enjoyed summers with her family on Long Beach Island at the Jersey shore, often joined by a gang of her close friends.

Annie was an adventurous and constant traveler. Her itineraries included much of North America, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.  There is a photo of her in Egypt riding a camel.

A  devout Catholic, she worked tirelessly in a number of roles for her church. Representing the Bridgeport Diocese, she volunteered as VIP guide for the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. She co-chaired a major fundraiser that resulted in the creation of a retired priests home in Stamford. When her sons attended Fairfield Prep, she become a leader in the Bellarmine Guild,  a group that brought together Fairfield Prep faculty, parents, care-givers and students.

All knew her as a happy positive force, generous and fair minded. She was impressed by a person’s character and not their social status.  She believed all should be treated fairly and this was the guiding force of her life. The Honor America Committee accurately described Ann as a unique person who made unceasing contributions to  numerous religious, political, educational and civic activities epitomizing the best of what is within us all.  She was loved by many and will be missed by all. For a more detailed story of her life visit the website,, lovingly created by her grandson James.  

Annie has now joined her three siblings, Mary (D’Amato) Somers Marino, Victor D’Amato, and John D’Amato. She

is survived by her sons Edwin S. Artell, Jr. and his wife Bonnie and Robert Artell and his wife Marybeth Sullivan, six loving grandchildren, Christine and her husband Joe, Lauren and her husband Chris, Whitney, Ryan, James and Annie (her namesake), 5 great grandchildren, Christopher, Isabelle, Kirstin, Samuel, and Dante, nephews and nieces, Dennis and his wife Sally, Christine Lowery (wife of recently deceased Patrick Lowery), Linda, and John/Skip (her “third” son), grandnephews Daren, Michael, Tom and David, grandnieces Jaime, Joyce, Amy, Beth, and Caitlin, her brother John’s spouse, Geraldine D’Amato, and her nephew Al Somers wife Betty, and nephew David Somers wife Judy.

Ann’s family invite friends to celebrate her life on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Annie would be pleased if you would make a donation to any of the following: St. Matthew Recreational Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, CT.

  1. Dear Robert & Eddie, Our Condolences to you and the Entire Family. Ann will be greatly missed by our family.. She played an important role in my Family.. We loved her so much. We had great times traveling to Long Beach Island and Las Vegas and the Bahamas. What a Woman she was, may God Bless the Family.. She live a full life and may she Rest in Paradise.

    Minnie Edgerton and The Johnson Family

    December 18, 2019
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  • To Ann’s Family,
    I was sorry to hear that Ann passed away. May Ann RIP. Sending Peace, Love and Prayers to all who knew and loved her.
    I first met Ann when I worked in the Computer Dept of City Hall (1978-1986) and then I got to know and work with her even more when I joined the Columbiette Council 46 in 1984. Ann had joined the Columbiettes on 2/25/1962 and was a friend of my Mom, Sarah who was also already a Columbiette when I joined. Ann was a very nice person and always willing to help out on committees and events. Council 46 unfortunately closed up in 2016 but by then Ann had already become a lifetime Columbiette having over 50 years of service. While at City Hall I worked with Ann developing the Voter Registration Computer Programs used to create the 2 column listing so they could do away with the Big Sized Voter Books they were using. In the past several years I would see Ann at St Matthew Church before or after Mass; always with a smile and friendly discussion. Ann you will be missed, RIP. Anna Mastrolillo

    December 18, 2019
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  • Annie Annie Annie,
    I can’t begin to thank you enough for everything you’ve done on my and Caitlin’s behalf. We miss you more than words can say.
    Wish I could see you all “up there” – Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Mary, Uncle Vic, Dad, and yourself – all together again around the table, arguing politics, talking over one another, passing newspaper pages back and forth, buttering those hard rolls from the New York Bakery, Grandpa barbering cousins in the kitchen…. We really did have the BEST of everything growing up. And how I miss those days!

    My heart aches, but I know you’re watching over us all and guiding us as we walk our paths without you. You were an amazing force of nature and none of us will ever forget for one moment the love, joy, and laughter that was everywhere when you were with us.
    Say hi to Dad for me and give him a hug, and don’t forget to save a seat for us at that table – we’ll see you again some day!
    With love, with pride, and with sadness….
    Your Niece, Linda D’Amato Hayes

    December 18, 2019
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  • We’re so sorry for your families loss, our prayers are with you and your family.

    The Sawyer Family

    December 18, 2019
    Broderick Sawyer -
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