Sunday, June 13, 2021


Josephine (Mancini) Fessel


Josephine (Mancini) Fessel, 96, of Guilford passed peacefully, due to congestive heart failure, at 3:45 p.m. on April 15 at her son’s home in Chesterfield, Virginia. She was born in Guilford on Jan. 25, 1925. She is the youngest of eight children of Joseph and Carmela Mancini of Guilford.

Early in her life, she worked for the New Haven Clock Company as a technician and later at Flexible Tubing, as a seamstress, located in Guilford. She was married to Theodore F. Fessel, Sr., and they made their home in Guilford for more than 60 years. She is mostly remembered as a very supportive wife to Ted as he pursued many activities as a volunteer in many local organizations. He passed April 29, 2019, at the age of 92. After her husband’s passing, she enjoyed her remaining years living in Virginia with her family. During life, she enjoyed many hobbies and also was a fan of several New England sports teams, most notably the UConn Women’s Basketball team.

Josephine is survived by her son, Captain (USN-Ret.) Theodore F. Fessel, Jr., of Chesterfield, Virginia, and his wife Cathy Reed Fessel; her grandsons Reed and Tristan Fessel; Reed’s wife Stacey and great-granddaughters, Maddix, Addison,; and Avery and Tristan’s wife Katie, all living in Virginia. She also has numerous nephews and nieces living in the greater Guilford area.

Josephine is a member of St. George’s Church and she will be buried at the St. George’s Cemetery, Hubbard Road, Guilford. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Prior to the graveside service, the immediate family held a private memorial service on April 18 in Chesterfield, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 19200 Von Karmen Avenue, Suite 350, Irvine, CA 92612,, will be most appreciated; thank you.

Arrangements are in the care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at the Guilford Funeral Home website

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