Carmela DiMeglio Florio
November 24, 1919 - April 20, 2017
Carmela DiMeglio Florio, wife of the late Angelo Florio, died peacefully on Thursday April 20, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Wilton, Connecticut. She was 97 years old.
“Melina”, or “Millie”, as she was known to her friends and relatives, was born in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Aniello and Emilia DiMeglio. As a very young girl, she emigrated to Buonopane on the island of Ischia, Italy. She married Angelo and they started a family in Ischia before returning to the United States. The family lived in Norwalk for 31 years before relocating to Wilton in 1985.
Melina had a deep love for the Catholic faith. Her goodbyes usually included “la Madonna ti accompagni.” She kept lifelong relationships with immigrants from Ischia passing on Neapolitan traditions such as home cooking (typically without the use of measuring devices), gardening, winemaking, canning and arguing. Melina had a relentless passion and love for her family. She loved the many gatherings with family and friends that were filled with good food and music, particularly the “canzoni Napoletane.” She was often seen at Calf Pasture beach sitting with her sister, playing scopa and enjoying a cup of espresso.
Melina is survived by her five children: Rose Havron, Dr. Emily Florio, and Lou Florio of Wilton; Dan Florio (with life partner Marilyn Parks) of Oakton VA; and John Florio (with wife Robin) of Norwalk. She has four grandchildren: Angela Florio, Danny Florio, Emma Rose Florio and Marissa Florio (daughter of Amy Lombardo.) She is also survived by her sister Ida DiCostanzo of Norwalk. Melina is predeceased by her husband, Angelo Florio, sister, Mary and brothers, John and Armando.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-7 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday at 10 AM in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association.