Thursday, June 24, 2021


Michele ‘Shelley’ Ciardiello


Michele “Shelley” Ciardiello, 68, of Branford passed away on May 3 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was born on Jan. 15, 1953, in Brookline, Massachusetts, to the late Edmund and Marion (Taylor) Nyhan.

Michele is survived by her three loving daughters, Catrina Lanouette of Branford, Mary-Beth Adams (Jeff Tyler) of East Haven, and Angela Adams (Millie Yates) of Arkansas, along with four grandchildren she adored, Kristina Martin, Tyler Martin, Jeffrey Tyler, and Justin Tyler.

Shelley had a strong work ethic and began her career in EMS as a young woman and an EMT. She worked in the field and as a certified emergency medical dispatcher for Flanagan Ambulance, New Haven Ambulance, CMED, and AMR. In the later part of her career, she was promoted to regional director of communications for the northeast at AMR. Shelley was involved in many work/community projects and fundraisers including Life Haven Women and Children’s Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims, Toys for Tots, New Haven Bed Race, Christopher Martin’s Thanksgiving Dinners to feed and clothe the homeless, and The Special Olympics. Shelley was especially proud of founding The Signal 4 Committee, which benefited any of her EMS families in need and which continues to assist her friends. Shelley was very involved in dog rescue by donating, transporting, and fostering homeless doggies.

Family will receive mask-wearing friends Thursday, May 6 from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. in the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home), 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in East Lawn Cemetery, 58 River Street, East Haven.

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