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Diane (Nitowski) (Brown) Santopietro

August 5, 1947 ~ March 21, 2022 (age 74)

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Wolcott-Diane (Nitowski) (Brown) Santopietro, age 74, beloved wife of the late John S. Santopietro, passed away at her home on Monday March, 21, 2022.


Born in Waterbury, CT on August 5, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Emily Nitowski Mrazik.  Diane was a longtime resident of Wolcott.  She grew up in Naugatuck and graduated from Naugatuck High School.  She went on to graduate from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for 50 years.  Diane enjoyed wintering in Florida with her husband John for over 20 years.  She was a world traveler, enjoyed camping, painting, holidays, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.


She leaves her children, Christine Brown of Thomaston, Cindy Cipriano (Joe)of Waterbury, and Jason Brown (Mary) of Bristol; her six grandchildren, Justin Philibert (Julie),  Joey Cipriano, Jessica LeClerc, Jennifer Cipriano, Joshua Brown, and Jaxson Brown; her one great grandson Venrease McKenzie; her sister Janice Donahue of Cheshire; her brother Ronald Nitowski of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.  Diane was predeceased by her daughter Carolyn “Buffy” Brown.


Her funeral will be held on Friday March 25, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck, to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street, Waterbury, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck.  Family and friends may visit on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit

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March 25, 2022

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Naugatuck Valley Memorial - Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home
240 North Main Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Mass of Christian Burial
March 25, 2022

10:00 AM
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
74 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

Burial to follow
March 25, 2022

St. James Cemetery
Cross Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

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