Noreen M. Tomaino

Noreen TomainoNoreen M. Tomaino, age 64, a retired Reading Specialist and Teacher of the Danbury Board of Education, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Danbury Hospital. 
Born in Danbury, CT  March 21, 1949, she was the devoted daughter of the late Fred and Grace (Nero) Tomaino, and the Granddaughter of Joseph and Mary Elisa Nero. Noreen graduated from Immaculate High School (Class of '66), attended UCONN and studied Bachelor of Arts at Sacred Heart University. 
Following the footsteps of her mother, Noreen invested in the youth of Danbury by working as a teacher.  She was very proud of her students who referred to her as 'Misses T'.  Although she had no children of her own, she thought of her students as family and adopted others along the way. Noreen's father was e a Fire Marshall of Danbury, while her grandparents owned Nero's Paint Store for many years. 
Her friends brought her such joy and although she was a smart aleck, Noreen deeply loved each one of them, especially her life long friend Sister Helen Blodgett. The daily antics of her dog Dunkin, named after her favorite iced coffee drink, made her laugh. Noreen played the lotto and was a die-hard fan of the UCONN women's basketball team.  Noreen enjoyed playing at Foxwood, seeing plays in New York and taking cruises.
Noreen was dedicated to maintaining her family's Italian heritage.  She dutifully maintained and passed along family recipes, stories and treasures.  Her ragu was traditional, she spoke Italian and she delighted in attending holiday meals where she enjoyed precious time with the family she loved dearly.  
Noreen faithfully attended the St. Gregory the Great Church where her father was an usher for 30 years and spoke very highly of Father Arrando.  She appreciated the work done at the Regional Hospice of Western CT and throughout her life Noreen championed for numerous causes in favor of equality and kindness for all.  Specifically she hoped for an end to Domestic Violence, improved Gay Rights and a warm loving home for all of the animals at the Danbury Animal Welfare Society.
Noreen is survived by Betty Nero, widow of Thomas R Nero; Joseph P. Nero III; Paul Roshka and his wife, Sherry; Gary Tomaino; Pamela Roshka Daly and her husband, William; Kathi Swanson and her husband, David; Sandra Tomaino Carluzzi; Janice Tomaino Smith and her husband, Dan; as well as several cousins. 
The family would like to thank the many friends, doctors, nurses, physical therapists and hospice workers who have cared for Noreen over the years. While there have been so many who have invested their themselves, special thanks is given to Audrey Goldberg for her dedicated care during Noreen's last days and months, to Priscilla Cabrera for her selfless dedication to the Tomaino and Nero family for so many years. and to the Blodgett family for always being there for Noreen. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10 AM in St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury.
Interment will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury
Friends will be received in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 3PM to 5PM followed by a reception to celebrate her life at 9 Cleveland St., Danbury.

Contributions may be made to the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Danbury Animal Welfare Society, or St. Gregory the Great  Church.

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