Harriet G. Abruscato, who lived a long and happy life of 97 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born in Stamford on September 30, 1923 to the late Antonio and Speranza Russo Gervasio.
Harriet was a lifelong resident of Stamford where she grew up and raised her family on the east side and was an active member of St. Mary’s Church. She was a proud graduate of Stamford High School, where she formed lifelong friendships. The “Club Girls” continued meeting monthly for over 50 years, and shared annual picnics at Sherwood Island with their families. Harriet took great pleasure in working with the Cingari family at Grade A Market for many years. For the last 46 years Harriet was involved in various volunteer positions at St. Leo Parish in Stamford. Harriet’s greatest joys came in times spent with her family. Her presence will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Mary Ann “Scottie” Dombrowski, Charlene (Rick) Heffernan and Jeanne (Gordon) Knight all of Stamford. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Rebecca (Dani Brown) and David Dombrowski, Christopher and Laura Heffernan, Kevin and Rachel Knight, and two great grandchildren, Adley and Camden Brown as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Harriet was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, S. Charles Abruscato, three sisters, Mary Attanasio, Jean Baldassare and Theresa Rotante, two brothers, Daniel and Ralph Gervasio and her son in law, Peter Dombrowski.
The family is very grateful for the loving care she received at home from her healthcare aides.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 9:30-10:30 AM. The funeral procession will be leaving at 10:30 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harriet’s memory to Bennett Cancer Center/Can’t Beat Pete, 1351 Washington Blvd, Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902 or to a charity of one’s choice.
For the safety of all those attending her funeral services, please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
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