Ellen Josephine "Josie" (Hessley) Mascoli, 84, of Middlebury, died peacefully Tuesday, May 26th, 2020, after a brief illness with her loving family beside her. She was the widow of Dr. Nicholas M. Mascoli Jr.
Ellen was born June 12, 1935 in Kane, PA, daughter of the late Joseph and Agatha (Rossetti) Hessley. She was a graduate from Warren High School, Warren, PA where she was an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and went on to St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Erie, PA. As a registered nurse, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked at George Washington Hospital. It was there she met the love of her life, Nicholas. They settled in Middlebury, CT where they raised their family. Ellen returned to work with the State of Connecticut at Fairfield Hills before becoming a case manager for the Department of Mental Health. Ellen was active in the community as well, serving as a volunteer librarian at Shepardson School, girls Middlebury Recreational softball and basketball coach, and Cub Scout Den Mother. She was a board member of Self, Inc. in Waterbury, CT, a member of the Holy Cross High School Mothers Club and a parishioner of St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury, CT. Ellen loved to work in the garden and was an avid UCONN Women’s Basketball fan, attending many home games and numerous Final Fours.
Ellen leaves her children, Dr. Nicholas Mascoli and his wife Dr. Deneen Pelletier of Bedford, MA, Gregory Mascoli and his wife Maria of Avon, CT, David Mascoli and his wife Kristine of Middlebury, CT, Jeffrey Mascoli and his wife Maureen of Warwick. RI, and LindaAnne Mascoli of Middlebury, CT; sister Agnes “Dutchie” Higham of Erie PA, brother Bernard Hessleyand his wife Linda, sister-in-law Bobbi Hessley of Warren PA, and sister Rita Hessley and her companion Paulette Campagna of Cincinnati, OH; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marie and Salvatore Scionti of Naugatuck, CT; nine grandchildren: Matthew, Emma, SarahKatherine, Alexander, Patrick, Andrew, J Elizabeth, Caroline, and Jeffrey, several nieces and nephews and seven granddogs. Ellen is predeceased by her brother, Thomas and brother-in-law, James Higham.
The family would like to recognize the private duty aids from Aging Better At Home: Louise Ntangu, Nora Sinanoska and Nancy Picard for their loving care of Mom. Contributions in Ellen's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd. S #4B, Southington, CT 06489.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday June 20, 2020 at noon at St. John of the Cross Church, 1263 West Street, Middlebury. To send an online condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com. Naugatuck Valley Memorial Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
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