Mollie Ciccarone, 86, Owner of the Avalon Inn and Antique Shoppe

Services for Mollie Ciccarone were rescheduled due to the winter storm. A funeral mass will be held today -- Tuesday, February 12 -- at 12:00 p.m.

Services for Mollie Ciccarone were rescheduled due to the winter storm. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, February 12, at 12:00 p.m.

Carmela "Mollie" Ciccarone, former owner of the Avalon Inn restaurant with her husband, Gerald Ciccarone Sr., once resident of the Stony Hill District of Bethel and for the past twenty years, resident of Tamarac, Florida died Wednesday evening, January 30th at The West Side Regional Medical Center, Plantation, Florida at the age of 86.

After receiving training at Danbury Hospital, Mrs. Ciccarone affectionately known as "Mollie" to her friends and colleagues became a registered nurse. She married Gerald Ciccarone Sr. and successfully operated the Avalon Inn restaurant with her husband for more than thirty years. She also raised three sons and a daughter while helping with the business.

Despite the rigors of the restaurant business and raising four children, Mollie was a kind, devoted, loving mother who managed to give her children piano, singing and dance lessons. Mollie was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bethel, Ct. and St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Tamarac, Florida. She volunteered without fee to be the school nurse at Saint Mary's Grammar School for a decade, ran the fund raising activities of the parish for many years and cleaned the altar and sacristy without fee for twenty years. Mollie was an artistic, talented baker and along with creating the "desert menu" for the restaurant, she created "works of art" in the form of wedding cakes for many young couples. Mollie also operated the "House of Christmas" where she further demonstrated her artistic talents with holiday decorations. Mollie owned and operated "Mollie's Past and Present Antique Shoppe" in Stony Hill for many years. Mollie did all those things while continuing her career in medicine as a registered nurse. She was a wonderful role model to her children as an example of generosity, tenacity and work ethic.

Mollie was born on July 12, 1926 in Torrington, Ct., daughter of the late Daniel and Antoinetta Lovallo. She is survived by two sisters, Nancy Lovallo Andersen and Antoinette Lovallo Lepage; her children, Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls and her husband, Marlon Nehls of San Leandro, California; Thomas Ciccarone, his wife, Mary Anne of Danbury, Ct. and their children, Tara, Adam, Erica and Michael; Gerald Ciccarone Jr. of Brookfield, New Hampshire and his son, Gerald Ciccarone III; and many nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury from 2PM to 5PM Sunday Feb. 10th . The funeral will be held at St. Mary's Church, Rt. 302, Bethel, Ct. at 10AM, Monday, Feb 11th.


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