Friday, May 14, 2021


Lydia Antognette


Lydia Antognette of Branford died Jan. 31 at her home. She was the wife of the late Leo Antongette. They lived in Ansonia, where they enjoyed welcoming friends and family to their warm home.

Lydia was born Dec. 13, 1924, in New Haven, daughter of the late Giacomo and Norina Zandri Branchini.

She worked as a payroll processing clerk for Seymour Specialty Wire Company for many years until retiring.

Lydia is survived by her sister Mary Branchini Geary (Russell) of Madison and many nieces and nephews who will dearly miss their Aunt Lil. She was predeceased by her sisters Iola Valentini Tartaglione (Ralph) and Alice Branchini and her beloved niece Patricia Tartaglione Grande.

She was a talented cook. Lydia nourished and comforted those she loved with her delicious food well into her 90s.

Private funeral services were held Feb. 8 at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, Branford, with burial to follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. For her online memorial and guestbook, see

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