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Sebastian "Steve" J. Rapuano

December 4, 2023

Sebastian "Steve" Rapuano Obituary

Sebastian John Rapuano, 91, of Northford, (aka Stephen / Steve / Uncle Do-Do) passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, 2023, at Mid-State Medical Center, Meriden. He was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie Ann (Rienzo) Rapuano, to whom he was married to for 54 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Joanne Rapuano (with husband, Daryl Hicks) of Rockledge, Florida. He also leaves behind several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Marie Fasano & Lenore Mandato of New Haven. 

Born in New Haven in 1932, he was the son of the late John and Theresa (Valenzano) Rapuano. Stephen served in the Army during the Korean War under the 25th Division, I company, 14th Regiment. He proudly served his country as an Infantryman and during the war received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service, National Defense and United Nations Service Medals. During his dedication to honor and country, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In the years that followed, he worked for United Nuclear in the Weights & Measures Dept. But it was after returning home from service, his father, introduced him to a wonderful woman, Marjorie, working in a bakery next door to the Rapuano family Dry Cleaners (John’s Cleaners). Together, with his wife, they opened Country Cleaners of Northford. As proud owners of Country Cleaners for over 30 years, it had become a well-known staple of Northford/North Branford, with many local high school young adults having their first job working for the establishment. Steve found great joy in providing the young coworkers with life-long advice that I’m sure they take with them to this day. His infectious personality and love of storytelling was enjoyed by all customers, and all that knew him. 

His family wishes to extend our thanks to the Nurses at Mid-State Medical Center that took such wonderful care of Stephen in his final days, the compassionate Home Health Aides and healthcare workers at Always Best Care and Atrinity Home Health.   A special thank you to all the health care providers at the Veteran’s Administration, West Haven VA Medical Center and the special friend of the family and care giver, Debbie (Butler) LeClerc of Wallingford. He will be missed by more people than we can possibly account for.

Calling hours will be on Friday, December 8, 2023, from 9-10:30 a.m. at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Chapel Street, New Haven followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. Burial with full military honors to follow at All Saints Cemetery
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December 8, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Maresca Funeral Home

Funeral Service
December 8, 2023

10:30 AM
Maresca Funeral Home

December 8, 2023

11:30 AM
All Saints Cemetery
700 Middletown Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473


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