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Sunflower from my garden “I am just learning of Mrs. Wendy Ciparelli's passing. I am so sorry to hear this. I was a student of her's back in the early 80's. She was such a...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Kyra Murphy - Canton, CT

“Condolences to the family of Wendy. I worked with her many years ago in the Hartford Schools. She was an amazing teacher! ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Dimmock - Wakefield, RI

“I love you and miss you, Mamalama...I hope we make you proud. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Jessica Ciparelli - South Windsor, CT

“Peter and family,I was very saddened to learn of Wendy's passing.All of you bring back wonderful memories of great times for both me and Dianne, both...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Jessica, Chris, Greg, and Angela: I instantly recognized your mom's warm and welcoming smile a few mornings ago when I opened the newspaper...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Traut

“I was so sad to hear about the loss of such a dear educator. I worked with Wendy for several years at Kennelly School and she was always very...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Tammy Piskorski

“Dear Ciparellis, Wishing you comfort and peace at the passing of your wife & mother. Wendy was the best, I remember her smile, cheering all of us...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Carla Virkler/Lanz - Ellington, CT

“Peter so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Wendy smiling and happy. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Effie and Sal...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Peter;We cannot even begin to understand what you’re going through right now, but we would like to offer our prayers and...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Mark & Karen Williamson

“Peter, So sorry to read of Wendy's passing. I will fondly remember the picnics that were held at your home each summer for the WCCS/WFCS alumni. ...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Norton Warner - Gilead, CT

“Wendy and my husband, Ferris Hillmann, both grew up in Pomfret, Ct.This was something her husband and I could not believe when we met at work so very...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I had Mrs.Ciparelli back in 1981 for English at good ole Kennelly!!! She was a great teacher!! But if she caught us with gum in our mouths she...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Barbara Lynch Bigos

“I worked with Wendy at Kennelly for many years. She always had a smile on her face and would help you with anything. She managed to remain positive...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Donna Heikkinen - Niantic, CT

“Hi this is Ray & Gloria we are so sorry to hear about Wendy. We will not be able to be there, we live in NC. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Raymond & Gloria Boucher - Monroe, NC

“Our deepest condolences to the family. Wendy was a great person I am glad that I had the chance to meet her and share times with her she will be...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Allie MacDonald Franco

“Godspeed, Wendy. Now you are dancing with the angels and your family in heaven ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Dolores R. Kneeland

“My thoughts, prayers and love to all. I will always remember Wendy for the strength, love and kindness that she gave to all. She was truly special...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Connie Goldthwait - Bangor, ME

“So sorry for your loss ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Gloria Alexander - Elizabethtown, KY

“Wendy was iconic. She will NEVER be forgotten! ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Karrie Kisling Kisling - FL

“My heart is sad for the entire Ciparelli family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your Mom was a beautiful and strong...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Joanis - Wethersfield, CT

“To the entire Jolly and Ciparelli family:Wendy was inspirational, strong, noble, caring, doting, and loving. You all are a part of her incredible...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Michele - Wethersfield, CT

“Deepest sympathy ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Elaine Scotece - Sarasota, FL

“My sincere condolences to the Ciparelli Family. I remember Wendy with that lovely smile. A strong and confident woman. She had many talents. She...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Ballestas

“Our sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

Wendy (Jolly) Ciparelli, 64, of Colchester, CT, beloved wife of 41 years to Peter Ciparelli, passed away at UConn's John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, following a courageous 16-year journey with cancer. Wendy was born December 12, 1952, in Putnam, CT, to Armand J. Jolly and the late Elsie L. (Murray) Jolly. Wendy grew up in Pomfret Center and graduated from Putnam High School in 1970. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1974 with her Bachelor's Degree, and in 1980, received her Master's Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. Wendy taught at Eleanor B. Kennelly School in Hartford for 35 years, until her retirement in 2010. Wendy and Peter raised their family in Ellington. Wendy served as a member of the Ellington Board of Education for as long as her children were in high school, proudly presenting each child with their diploma. She actively participated in, and in many cases led, the activities that interested her children as they were growing up, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and sports teams. Wendy always took care of other people. She loved her family whole-heartedly and enjoyed organizing family events and parties. She enjoyed spending time at the Cape and Quaddick Lake with her family and camping with friends. For more than a decade, Wendy participated in the annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walks in Connecticut, leading the ever-growing "Wendy's Walkers" team. Wendy served as the president of the Colchester Garden Club, as well as a Legacy Committee member and reunion organizer for the USS Emmons Association. Wendy is survived by her husband, Peter; her father, Armand J. Jolly of Pomfret Center; her children, Jessica Ciparelli of South Windsor; Christopher Ciparelli and his wife Katherine, their children Thea, Arlo, and Rhys of New Milford; Gregory Ciparelli of New Britain; Angela Ciparelli and her children Tyler Cottrill and Abigail Ciparelli of Colchester; her brother Dennis Jolly and his wife Donna of Hebron; mother-in-law Irene Ciparelli; sister-in-law Maryann Meade; two nieces, Amanda Jolly and Kathryn Meade; one nephew, Stephen Jolly; extended family, and friends. Besides her mother, Wendy was predeceased by her grandson, Oliver Ciparelli, and her father-in-law, Francis Ciparelli. Calling hours are Monday, March 6, 2017, at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, CT, from 5 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 11 am, directly at St. Luke's Church, 141 Maple Street, Ellington, CT 06029. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wendy's memory may be made to the Ellington Community Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 54, Ellington, CT 06029. For online condolences and directions, please visit