Obituary: Marguerite (Marens) Mihailoff


WATERBURY — Marguerite (Marens) Mihailoff, 103, joined her beloved husband, James, on Oct. 27, 2018. A beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, Marge always had a warm smile and a gleam in her blue eyes.

Born on May 4, 1915 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to John J. and Grace (DelMonte) Marens, she led a full and active life after graduating from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn. Granny (Auntie Marge) worked for many years as a dietary supervisor at Waterbury Hospital after her two daughters, Marguerite (Peggy) and Nancy, became adults. Well known for her cooking skills, she was never without some home-baked goods when a visitor dropped by the house. She and James traveled all over this country, Hawaii and Europe. She was a member of the Daughters of
Rebekah and enjoyed polka and line dancing with James. She was a long-time member of Blessed Sacrament Church.

Besides her two daughters, Marguerite M. Villa of Carlisle, Mass. and Nancy M. Torode of Acton, Mass., she leaves five grandsons, Zachary Aoki of San Antonio, Texas, Scott Aoki of Hong Kong, Joel Aoki of Tampa, Fla., James Villa of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and John Villa of Long Beach, N.Y.; and a granddaughter, Kendra Torode of Massachusetts. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, to Blessed Sacrament Church, 182 Robbins St., Waterbury, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery, Stillson Road, Waterbury. Visitation will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made in Marguerite’s name to Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice Care, online at

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