Nancy E. Leith Ragonese
November 4, 1940-January 20, 2021
Southbury, CT Nancy E Leith Ragonese of Heritage Village passed peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
She was born at Mercy Hospital in Hempstead, NY on November 4 1940, the daughter of John and Alice (Naldrett) Leith.
Nancy graduated from Berkeley Business School of Manhattan. After graduation she worked as an Executive Secretary at Corn Products in New York City. Her adventurous spirit led her to live in San Francisco, CA for a short time. She started her family and raised her five daughters in Wycoff, New Jersey and West Redding, CT. She also spent many years in New London, NH which she considered her second home.
Nancy enjoyed bird watching and gardening. She also enjoyed politics and lively conversations about ongoing current events. In her early years she loved to travel and pass these stories onto her grandchildren. Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family over a cup of tea. She was blessed to have life long friends. Her contagious laughter and quick whit will be remembered for many years to come.
Nancy is predeceased by her brothers John and Edward, her sisters Carolyn and Alice and her daughter Carol Ann. She is survived by her four daughters Diane Byrd of Charlotte, NC, Allyson Ragonese of Watertown, CT, Laura Caporale of Guilford, CT and Nancy Victoria Ragonese of Southport, CT. She’s the loving grandmother of five grandchildren Daniel, AnnMarie, Elise, Nicholas and Austin.
A private service will be held at Munson Funeral Home in Southbury, CT on Monday January 25, 2021 and a memorial burial at Elkins Cemetery in New London, NH later this year.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to St Jude’s Children Hospital and the American Diabetes Association.
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