Obituaries: Marion Julia Gifford


Marion Julie (Larese) Gifford, 73 of Southington, went home to her God on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Marion was born in Bristol on Feb. 22, 1943 daughter of the late Julio and Gladys (Selvestrovich) Larese and grew up in Terryville.  She was a 1965 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Waterbury and moved to Cape Cod after marrying Harold Gardner Gifford.  She was the Director of Nursing at Orleans Convalescent Home, Orleans, Mass. and was Public Health State Surveyor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She returned to Connecticut following the death of her mother, settling in Southington.  For 10 years she was affiliated with the American Red Cross Blood Services.  Marion was a member of Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville then moved to the Church of St. Dominic, Southington in September 1998.  Although Marion has been at the Southington Care Facility for the past 11 years she considered St. Dominic’s her home.

In 1987, James B. Dunning, founder of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, became her teacher and inspiration which led to her tireless work with RCIA.

She leaves cousins including Joye Maloney and George Biscoe. 

Calling hours for Marion will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol beginning at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at which time all are invited to go directly to the Church of St. Dominic, 1050 Flanders Rd, Southington for light refreshments prior to the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 1 p.m.  Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Terryville.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bristol Tramps Inc., P.O. Box 644, Bristol, CT 06011-0644 or to the Franciscan Hospice Home Care, 267 Finch Ave, Meriden, CT 06451 or to the Church of St. Dominic. 

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