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25 Bellevue Ave
Bristol, CT 06010
Phone: (860) 582-8129
Fax: (860) 589-9944
Helen Toretto

Helen Toretto (Piotrowski)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
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Helen J. (Piotrowski) Toretto, 99, of Bristol, widow of Anthony Francis Toretto, passed away September 25, 2019 at Bristol Hospital. Born on November 8, 1919 in Bristol, CT, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Stella (Babouis) Piotrowski. Helen was a lifelong resident of Bristol. As a child, she and her family were one of the first parishioners of St. Stanislaus Church here in Bristol and remained an active member of the church well into her 90’s. During her life, she raised her children and supported her husband, Anthony. Helen was a very charismatic woman and was very active until this past week. Helen is survived by her son Nicholas Toretto of Cape Coral, FL; her daughter and son-in-law Helen and William Stevens of Port Charlotte, FL; five grandchildren Melissa-Jon, Dean, Allison, Mathew, and Dr. Deborah Terry, and five great grandchildren Dalia, Jack, Mia, Leighton, and Brynleigh. Helen was predeceased by her daughter Francine Zurell and her three brothers Joseph, Edward, and John Piotrowski. A funeral mass will be held Oct. 1st at 10am at St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday evening from 6-8pm at DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol, CT 06010.
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  • Public Visitation

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    DuPont Funeral Home
    25 Bellevue Ave.
    Bristol, CT 06010
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  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Stanislaus Church
    510 West St.
    Bristol, Connecticut 06010
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Tomasz Sztuber
  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Joseph Cemetery
    522 Terryville Ave
    Bristol, CT 06010
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Posted at 02:35pm
How does one properly or adequately say good bye to such a unique and amazing woman? Over 30 plus years ago I met Helen. During these years I came to love this woman deeply as if she truly was my own grandmother. She loved me back in her unique manner that only those that she "let in" can really understand. Over the decades we enjoyed countless adventures traveling around CT taking in the scenery . This time of year in particular seemed to be her favorite because it meant it was "fair season." There was not a small country fair in Connecticut that my grandmother did not attend. Her love of camping, picnics, and bird watching was contagious. She could be your most fiercely loyal friend and an admirable opponent all in one. Her life was long and at times not easy. Yet, no matter what stage of life I was in or circumstances were grandmother would open her door..make me a meal...listen...and then offer up her unique version of life wisdom. One of my proudest moments shared with my grandmother was the night she came to the open house to mark the grand opening of my healthcare practice. We stood side by side in my reception area and she turned to me and said, "You really did it. You said you would do this one gave up so much to get here...but it seems worth it..because here we are...this is amazing." I am sad, grateful, and yet proud, of the fact that I was gifted with holding her hand one last time just before our Heavenly Father called her home. Nonne, we will all miss you terribly. You were and are loved beyond words...and will be missed beyond measure. "Kocham do nieskończoności i poza nią. Spoczywaj w pokoju Nonne" ~ Debbie

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