Eleanor E. Randazzo

Eleanor RandazzoEleanor (Ellis) Randazzo, 80, of Danbury, wife of Fred Randazzo, died peacefully and surrounded by family and friends, on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Danbury Hospital. Mrs. Randazzo was born in Waterbury, Ct. October 23, 1934, a daughter of the late Richard and Carrie (Haddad) Ellis. A life-long area resident, she graduated from Bethel High School in 1952, and worked as a bookkeeper, having been most recently employed for many years with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

A proud ambassador for Lebanese culture and heritage, Ellie could often be heard discussing Middle Eastern affairs, seen leading the dabke, or making countless Arabic meals of kibbee and taboulli. In fact, her culinary skills were celebrated in an instructional cooking video of traditional family recipes entitled “Auntie El’s Lebanese Kitchen.” She was a member of St. Ann Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Danbury, its Ladies’ Guild Society and the Ma-Asser Society. Eleanor also was an avid beader and jewelry maker, and she constructed and furnished miniature doll houses.

Eleanor will always be remembered for her generous heart, quick wit, love of traveling, and most importantly, love of family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years; two daughters, Michele E. Randazzo and her husband, Mark Dailey, of Avon, MA; and Nicole Randazzo-Cipriani and her husband, James Cipriani, of Danbury; a sister, Dorothy Ryan, of Bethel; brother-in-law David Shaker, of Boca Raton; and her beloved granddaughter, Erin Dailey. She also leaves behind 19 nieces and nephews (and even more great-nieces and nephews), all of whom lovingly remember “Auntie El.” In addition to her parents, Mrs. Randazzo was predeceased by three sisters, Wanda Shaker, Juliette Eno, and Virginia Nero, two brothers-in-law Frank Eno and Thomas Ryan, as well as her dear nephew, Thomas Nero.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Ann Melkite Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury with the Archimandrite Michael K. Skrocki officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Melkite Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Randazzo’s memory may be made to St. Ann Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury 06811. The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.

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