Maria S. Gramuglia
Maria S. Gramuglia
  • February 22, 1935 - January 6, 2018
  • East Hartford, Connecticut

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Maria (Scalise) Gramuglia, 82, of East Hartford, died at home Saturday, January 6th, 2018. She was born to Francesco and Anita (Mascaro) Scalise, in Pianopoli, Catanzaro, Italy, Maria is survived by a large and loving family. As a young woman, Maria was trained as a seamstress. As an adult, Maria would draw on her training as a seamstress to make and hem the clothes of her children and make Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. With her brother Joseph, Maria emigrated from Italy in 1956 to join her father and brother Angelo in Hartford. In 1959, she returned to Italy to marry Raffaele Gramuglia, her husband of 58 years. She was a communicant of Saint Rose Church in East Hartford and had worked at Caraci Manufacturing in Hartford and Joanna Creations in East Hartford. Maria provided childcare through Catholic Family Services and belonged to the Ladies Guild of the St. Rose Church and is responsible for how good the fried dough tasted at the St. Rose Carnival. To say she will be missed is to define understatement. Maria created, touched, and shaped as many lives as she made meals or garments for her family. She will be remembered for her devotion to her Catholic beliefs, her thoughtful consideration for everyone, her commitment to her Italian traditions and her fantastic cooking. Her family will never forget things like how she crisped bacon like no other, spelled "cream cheese" ("crème chesy"), and said "baby". In addition to her husband, she is survived by her six loving and devoted children, Rosanna and her husband John Robbins of Tampa, FL, Anna Pelletier and her husband David of East Hartford, Linda Engley and her husband Charles of Glastonbury, Patricia Gramuglia and Anthony Gramuglia both of East Hartford and Frank Gramuglia and his wife Ann of South Windsor. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Ryan and Lauren Engley; Christopher Pelletier and his wife Elizabeth; Victoria, Anthony, and Alexa Gramuglia; Luca, Leo and Paul Gramuglia; one great grandson, Logan Pelletier, her brothers Angelo Scalise and his wife Emelia of Wethersfield and Joseph Scalise of Hartford, her brother in law and Tommaso Gramuglia and his wife Maria of Italy and her sister in law Carmela Dinino of Rocky Hill and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Maria was predeceased by a granddaughter Pia Gramuglia, her brother Emelio Scalise, her sister in law Teresina Scalise and her sister in law Uliana Stocco and her husband Vincenzo. Funeral services will be Thursday at 9:30AM from the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial 10:30AM in St. Rose Church, 33 Church St., entombment will follow at Saint Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum, Burnside Avenue, all in East Hartford. Visiting hours at the funeral home are Wednesday January 10, 3PM-6PM. For more information, to view Maria's Everlasting Memorial Tribute movie or to leave an online condolence, please visit,