portrait picture for Dolores Monteleone

Viewing: Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk, CT will host viewings from 3 PM to 5 PM and from 7 PM to 9 PM on Friday, October, 21st. Services: The funeral service for Dolores Monteleone will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 225 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT at 10 AM on Saturday, October 22nd. Burial: The Mass will be followed by a graveside service at Hillside 70 Ridgefield Rd. Wilton.

Dolores Monteleone

February 14, 1931 - October 18, 2011

Dolores Marie Van Pelt Monteleone

Dolores Monteleone, of the Greens at Cannondale, formerly of 42 Hunting Ridge Lane Wilton, passed away peacefully on October 18th with her children by her side.

Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia Keighron Van Pelt and the wife of the late Joseph Patrick Monteleone. She is survived by five children, Joanne Irons, wife of Karl Irons of Pagosa Springs, CO; Joseph John, partner of Karin Begg of Towanda, PA; Jude Ann Monteleone of Weare, NH; Christopher Peter Monteleone, husband of Andrea Monteleone of Landing, NJ; and Patricia Julie Anne Butler, wife of Scott Butler of Easton, CT; five grandchildren: Zachary and Blake Irons and Grace, Olivia and Elizabeth Monteleone; and four step grandchildren: Brittany and Shane Butler and Tyler and Jessica Begg.

Dolores grew up in Jersey City, attending St. Dominick Academy and Lincoln High School. After eight years as an employee of the Colgate Palmolive Co., Dolores gave in to her great passion for music and became a vocalist during the Big Band era. She met and married Joseph Monteleone in 1955 and over the next ten years gave birth to their five children. Following Joe’s corporate climb, the young Monteleone family lived in Lynbrook, Long Island; Akron, Ohio; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Huntsville, Alabama before settling in Wilton, CT. in 1965.

As a Wilton resident, Dolores devoted her time to community events, especially the ones involving music. Dolores was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, the Ladies Guild, and an associate of the Sisters of Mercy. Dolores and Joe celebrated their 50th anniversary in June of 2005 just months before his death that October. In 2008, Dolores moved to the Greens at Cannondale where she particularly enjoyed performing in the Trackside Talent Show.

Dolores was known as a generous, kind soul, whose heart and house were open to practically everyone. While music was her passion, her family was always her priority. She loved entertaining and in her younger years, her house was often filled to the rafters with extended family, friends, friends of family, friends of friends, and an occasional stranger or two. She had a gift for making everyone feel welcome and important.

Even as her health steadily deteriorated during the last decade of her life, Dolores maintained her wonderful sense of humor and a generally positive outlook. Her immediate family, extended family, and numerous friends will all miss her immensely.

Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk, CT will host viewings from 3 PM to 5 PM and from 7 PM to 9 PM on Friday, October, 21st. The funeral service for Dolores Monteleone will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 225 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT at 10 AM on Saturday, October 22nd followed by a graveside service at Hillside 70 Ridgefield Rd. Wilton.

  1. Dear Patti & family,

    We were very sad to hear the news. What a terrific picture and moving biography.
    Your mom always remembered us as kids and took interest in our lives.
    She’s a wonderful person and will be missed!

    Monica, Mike, Meg and Lexi

    October 19, 2011
    Monica -
  • patti.
    sorry to hear about your mom. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    bobbi-formerly from wilton medical

    October 20, 2011
    bobbi stabell worsham -
  • Judy, thinking of you and your family. We’re all here for you….Call for anything you need. Anne xo

    October 20, 2011
    Anne Edmondson -
  • Jude
    Mike and I are sending you lots of love and prayers..thinking of you and your family.

    October 20, 2011
    Sharon Reed -
  • Jude,

    Thinking of you and sending my condolences. Please call if you need anything at all. Hugs!

    October 20, 2011
    Kerri Durkee -
  • Dear Jude,
    Our thought and our prayers are with you.

    October 20, 2011
    Laurie Cote -
  • Dear Patti-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, she was a fantastic lady who could light up a room. Lots of love from Florida.

    Love, BIll & Ashleigh Doran

    October 21, 2011
    Ashleigh Doran -
  • Jude, my dear friend – Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything we can do. You know I am here for you any time.

    Love you,

    Bear Hugs & Kisses!
    Earnie & Eric

    October 21, 2011
    Earnie and Eric Wilbon -
  • To the Monteleone family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Dolores’ passing. She was one of my favorite customers when I worked at Norwalk Savings Society in the 1980s- she always had a laugh and a smile- truly she was a light in this world. Sending prayers that your wonderful memories of her will bring you comfort.

    October 21, 2011
    Marie Strolin -
  • Dear Jude and all of Dolores’ family-

    We were very sorry to hear about her passing. Our mother is Eleanor Keighron Hulse (died 1981); she and Dolores are cousins. We all send our thoughts, prayers, and sincere condolences to all of you.

    Dee (nee Hulse) and Tom Egizi
    Ramona (nee Hulse) and Tom Mahan
    Beverley (nee Hulse) and Michael Upchurch

    October 21, 2011
    Dierdre (Dee) and Thomas Egizi -
  • To the entire Monteleone family:
    I was the charge nurse at Gambro/DaVita Dialysis and knew Joe since his start on dialysis. I got to know your Mother in that period of time. I found both your parents to be exceptional people. Even during Joe’ dialysis he always spoke of your Mother and your entire family with love. I am graced and lucky to have known them both.

    Elaine Erdo

    October 23, 2011
    Elaine L. Erdo, R.N. -
  • Dear Jude and Family ~ my Nana told me that a Mother’s love lives on forever in the hearts of her children. May your hearts be strong. Peace and love, Gail.

    October 24, 2011
    Gail Andon -
  • Dear Patti:

    I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My deepest sympathies to your and your family. You always spoke so lovingly of your Mom, I feel as if I knew her. She is now in God’s loving arms and will live on in all your hearts. I’m sure she will now be leading the angels in song. Thinking of you….. Maureen

    October 26, 2011
    Maureen Vonick -
  • Dear Joanne, Joe, Jude, Chris, Patti,

    I just ran across your mothers obituary on the internet June 6th 2012. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Your mother was such a kind soul whom always made me feel so welcome in her home and was the greatest cook I have ever had the honor to be fed by! She was delightful, kind, loving and such a generous soul. I will always remember her so very fondly.

    My most sincere condolences,

    Bob Matson

    June 7, 2012
    Robert (Bob) Matson -
  • Dear Monteleone family, I am daughter to Margaret Palmesi who was your mothers 1st cousin. I was searching for your mother for a geoneology that I am doing on ancestry.com and just found out of her passing. I want to send you my heartfelt condolenses and if I had known I would have come to her funeral. I have talked to your mother over the years and she was a lovely person. I came to your parents anniversay party and was so warming received and the love shown to me and my mom was wonderful. Your whole family made us so welcomed. My mother said she was her favorit cousin. If you could send me a note let me know how your doing. I would also love to have any information you have of your family so that I can update my chart on ancestry.com. If you want to see it just let me know what your email is and I’ll set you up as a guest and you can view and commet. Again I’m truly sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in 9/3/2010 and your mom was so comforting when we spoke. Regard, Monica Karl-Pickering

    January 12, 2013
    Monica Karl-Pickering -
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