Lucy P. Ely, 88, of Norwalk, died peacefully at home on Saturday. She was predeceased by her husband and soul mate of more than 70 years, William C. Ely. Born in Norwalk, the daughter of William and Filomena (DeFillipis) Pinto, she attended St Mary’s School. Lucy graduated from Norwalk High School, Class of 1950 and was a member of the National Honor Society. A life long resident of Norwalk, she was blessed with a wonderful group of friends, the “Dandelions”.
Lucy was among the first members of St. Jerome Parish in Norwalk. She was a member of the adult choir for many years, an officer in the Women’s Guild, and active in the prayer shawl ministry.
She was an amazing cook and took great pride in preparing and hosting holiday gatherings with her family and friends. She was known for her homemade pizza shared with many on Friday nights.
An avid reader and puzzler, she often was found to have a crossword in hand. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends and family, and cherished vacation time with them at the Hodge Podge Lodge in Vermont, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island beaches. One of her favorite memories is visiting the small town in Italy where her father was born and meeting her extended family there.
Lucy’s greatest legacy was her family. She took great pride in their accomplishments and work. A devoted and beloved grandmother, she took great joy in being involved in their lives. Despite her large family, she always made time for others, lending a hand or a listening ear when needed.
Lucy is survived by eight loving children; Luann Graves and husband George of West Rutland, VT; William Ely Jr. and wife Jill of Wilton; Alan Ely and wife Elizabeth of Norwalk; Brian Ely and wife Kim of Norwalk; Susan Ehret and husband Jay of Barnstable, MA; son David and wife Dawn of Norwalk, daughter Sandra and husband James of West Roxbury, MA; and daughter Melissa Clark and husband James of Norwalk; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; brother William Pinto of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful for her aide Bernadette’s loving, devoted and spiritual care of Lucy over the past 2 years, and her support of the family with poise and grace.
In addition to her parents, Lucy is predeceased by her brother Louis, and sisters Vicky, Fran, and Rosie.
Due to the pandemic, services will be private. A celebration of Lucy’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.