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Jacqueline H Constantinesco

October 4, 1930 ~ March 30, 2018 (age 87)
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Constantinesco, Jacqueline H. (nee Noditza), 87, of Southbury, Conn. was born on October 4, 1930 in Paris, France, and her heart ticked to "The City of Lights" until the day she died, March 30, 2018.
She's better known as "Coco," a nickname given to her by her siblings because of her love for good chocolate. Early in life, you would have found an adventurous Coco up in a glider plane outside of Paris, or in front of a sewing machine learning the trade from her father, a talented tailor.
She met her beloved husband of 48 years, Nicholas G. Constantinesco (died 1998), after he completed service in the French Foreign Legion. Shortly after they married, and despite not knowing a lick of English, she initiated a move to the United States (via Canada) by boat, declaring the "Land of Opportunity" an ideal place to raise their budding family. All the dresses she brought with her to the U.S., she made by hand.
Coco lived in New York City for 10 years followed by two decades in Connecticut, where she raised her five children and worked for Grolier Publishing, starting as a keypunch operator and ending her career there as the manager of the data entry department.
During retirement, she relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah to be closer to family. She also volunteered during the launch of a new school literacy program. Later in life, she moved back to Connecticut, where she enjoyed her friends at Grace Meadows and often she crocheted hats for babies in local area hospitals.
Coco adored traveling, reading, black and white photos of Paris, and keeping up with the heated political climate and world affairs. Most of all, though, she loved the big family reunions in France and the United States, which brought her endless smiles, stories and memories.
Coco was short in stature, but the love she had for her family was massive, and she would bend over backwards to make life better for them. Whether working two jobs at a time and countless double shifts to provide for her children, helping grandchildren with their high school French homework or crocheting blankets for great-grandchildren, Coco left the world a better place than she found it for generations to come.
Jacqueline Constantinesco is survived by her daughter, Aline Dennison; four sons, Frederik Constantinesco (Lizette), William Constantinesco (Deborah), James Constantinesco, Nicholas Constantinesco (Christine); and her adoring 11 grandchildren and six great-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas; parents, Jean and Catherine Noditza; brother, Aurel Noditza; and sisters, Odette DeWitt and Denise Bolintineau.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Visitation will be at Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main St North, Southbury, CT Saturday, April 7, 2018 starting at 10:00 am, with services beginning at 11:00 am. Burial will be at St.Peters Cemetery, Danbury following the service.
 

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