NAUGATUCK — Mrs. Elaine M. (Boucher) Purcaro, 69, of Naugatuck, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Anthony L. Purcaro, Jr.
Mrs. Purcaro was born in Waterbury on Feb. 18, 1943, a daughter of the late Maurice and Clara (Meoni) Boucher. She was a Waterbury resident until 1973 when she moved to Naugatuck. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, and served as an alumni officer. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and retired from Waterbury Hospital, where she worked for over 30 years. Her love of nursing brought her to serve as the school nurse at various Naugatuck schools and also volunteered at Andrew Avenue School in her daughter’s first grade classroom. She also belonged to the Parish Nurses organization at Griffin Hospital. She was a communicant of both St. Mary’s Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society, and St. Vincent Ferrer Church where she served as Eucharistic Minister. She was a member of the Naugatuck Community Choir.
Besides her husband of 47 years, she leaves her loving children, Kenneth J. Purcaro of Terryville, Karen Purcaro-Tarsi of Naugatuck, Susanne Purcaro-Daly and her husband William E. Daly, Jr. of Naugatuck, Anthony Purcaro and his wife Kate of Torrington; her cherished grandchildren, Alyson and Sara Tarsi, Madison, William, Jillian Daly, Aiden and Cali Purcaro; her devoted siblings, Mark Boucher of Waterbury, Annette Babarik and her husband Paul of Middlebury, Barbara Banno of Waterbury, and Lena Sullivan of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 338 North Main St., Naugatuck. Friends are asked to meet directly at the church at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. There are no calling hours. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck has been entrusted with her arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708 or to VNA Health at Home, 27 Princeton Road, Watertown, CT 06795.
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