Campana, Irene (Machotzke) - April 14, 2016



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Irene (Machotzke) Campana, 68, of Berlin, loving wife of Gerald Campana, died Thursday night (April 14, 2016) at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. Born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Michael and the late Ida (Niedzwiecki) Machotzke, she attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT, and graduated from James Island High School in South Carolina. After high school, she attended hairdressing school in Charleston, SC, and with her sister Marsha Casey, was co-owner for many years of My Sisterís Place Wig Studio in the early 70ís in Kensington. After that she was a healthcare professional at Grove Hill Medical Center and New Britain General Hospital Dialysis Unit for sixteen years. She retired from Pilgrim Furniture at the age of 62 to enjoy, spend time with, and care for her grandchildren, and spend time in prayer. Irene enjoyed 10 years with St. Paulís Folk Group in the 80ís, 10 years in the prison ministry with Project Concern and The Sisters of Mercy in West Hartford, and was an associate Sister of Mercy member at St. Paulís Church and Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Stanley Walter of Summerville, South Carolina, Elizabeth and James Wilfinger of West Simsbury, and Andrea and Jason Maule of Southington, her sister, Marsha Casey of Middletown, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday (April 25, 2016) at 10am DIRECTLY at St. Paulís Church, 467 Alling Street in Kensington. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children International, 2000 E. Red Bridge Road, P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121, St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000 DEPT 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or to a charity of the donorís choice.


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