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Maresca & Sons handled the funeral arrangements for my mother, and they did a wonderful job. At the initial meeting we had with Neil, he thanked us for entrusting him with this important service. Neil went out of his way to meet with us on a holiday weekend so we could begin to make arrangements for my mother’s funeral. He explained all options in detail, including costs, and guided us through every decision we had to make: viewing, funeral service, burial, casket, flowers, pall bearers, obituary, and death certificates. He coordinated very well with the church. What stands out most is how beautiful my mother looked in the casket on the day of her funeral: as we had requested, her hair was colored and styled as she would have liked it, her makeup was flattering, her nails were nicely done, her rosary was well-placed in her hands, and even the guardian angel pin we had left in her nursing home room was pinned to her jacket. Parking and traffic control were handled very well on the day of the funeral. Neil guided us every step of the way so that we could focus on my mother, knowing that he had taken care of every detail. Throughout, Neil was caring and sensitive to making sure our needs were met during this difficult time. Maresca & Sons exceeded our expectations, and I highly recommend them.

July 18, 2022

Dear Neil
Words cannot express the gratitude for your support, kindness and patience with us during this sad time. We hope you know you made this so much more easier for us because we felt like you were our family too.
Love and Thanks .. Charlene, Nancy and JoAnn

Carvalho Family
January 15, 2022

I have always loved Dorothy Shaffer from the very first moment I met her in Chapel praying the Rosary with us.
She always wore Stars and this was my Year of The Stars, shining brightly, just like her beautiful soul.
May she rest in Peace. i pray for her daily and all the Souls of my Beloved Friends and Family. Prayerfully, I will continue to do so till God calls me.

Josephine M. Mosera
November 29, 2021

Dear Neil
You made a difficult life changing moment for all of us much easier to bear. We appreciate your kindness you offered us in Dom's memory. But, more than that, your friendship and love showed through in everything you did. Your tasteful sense of humor stories helped us all through the maze. You do your job well.
With gratitude, Pat and family.

August 30, 2021

Dear Neil and staff , your family and funeral home have become a household name. My dad loved you and the funerals you arranged for our family over the years my grandmother's, my mom's, my dad's and now my beloved son Adam's funerals were all handed with complete respect, courtesy and I could not have expected anymore , as you always go above and beyond for my family. In your profession, you are without comparison above all the rest!!. When Adam died suddenly, my other son Andrew didnt know anything about Funeral Directors, but asked me "mom who do you want me to call ?? " I said CALL NEIL RAPUANO !!!!. Once again you went way above and beyond bringing my Adam home from North Carolina even dealing with all the complications and preparing him to look perfect and arranged the perfect church service all because YOU made it happen for me! I know from many families who think of you with their utmost respect for the type of Funeal Director you are Neil! You are a "hero" to me Neil. Again , many, many thanks for everything Neil. Somehow, someday I will come to terms with Adam's passing, but I am most thankful that you personally handled ALL the detailed arrangements .
Resectlfuly, and Much Love,,, SUSAN

Susan Iadonisi Saunders
July 1, 2021

Dear Neil and Staff--

Thank you so much fo everything you do!!! Our family can't thank you enough for making EVERY detail of our dad's wake and funeral PERFECT. You took care of every detail which allowed us to grieve for our father Pasquale and not worry about anything else. Our dad looked just as he was. The cosmetics , etc. were exceptional .. so natural an appearance. Our guests were even commenting that evening on how good he looked. You and your staff went above and beyond to make eerything perfect and we greatly appreciate it. I personallly appreciate your guidance during the pre-planning and pre-funding process. We are beyond grateful.!! I've already personally recommended Maresca & Sons Funeral Home to many people while telling them how perfect everything went and also on Facebook. WIsing you and your staff the best and again.
Thank you so very much !!!
Angela Perillo and Joe, Bob and Bruno Fernicola and families.

Fernicola/Perillo Families

Dear Neil,
Not enough words to tell you such a devoted, dedicated person and funeral director you are at your funeral home. SO much care and compasion you showed us through making our Mom's funeral arrangements special. You helped and made our family very happy and at peace. Thank you with all our hearts and love.
The Family of Palma Landino

Landino Family

For the time you give, the hearts you warm, the smiles you make-- your'e appreciated. Thank you again for all the love and care you provided our family during this sad time. You so lovingly supported us all.

Love, Helen


Thank you again for making a difficult situation a pleasant one for myself and the children. We certainly gave him a beautiful send- off.


I recently lost my youngest son very suddenly...At the most traumatic time in my life, I had to search for a funeral home to help me facilitate something I knew nothing about. I read the write up on Maresca & Sons and decided to place the call. Neil Rapuano answered my very tearful and heartbroken call with all the patience and understanding as if he knew me previously. I was very overwhelmed with all the details and said I would get back to him. After another family member suggested a different funeral home whom they had many previous funerals with. I decided I felt very at ease and I trusted all that Neil spoke on, and I knew that my son Andrew would be taken care with all the dignity and respect he deserved. The service was so comforting and gave me a feeling of peace in my time of grief. I highly reccommend Maresca & Sons to those who are in need of the most respectful and professional services from a funeral parlor.


I recently attended a funeral service for a close family friend. I was immediately greeted by the most professional and well mannered funeral director. A truly elegant facility which provided a comforting atmosphere at such a difficult time.
This is the most reputable and dignified firm in the New Haven area. My family continues to remember the kind and compassionate service Mr. Rapuano provided.

James Trefz

To all family and friends in the New Haven area, if you need a funeral home I STRONGLY suggest Maresca Funeral Home in New Haven. They helped me with EVERYTHING for mom. From picking up her body at the hospital to filling out life insurance policies to death certificate to finding a company for mom's headstone. Literally EVERYTHING! Tell the funeral director Neil that I sent you. I SWEAR on my mother's grave you will NOT be disappointed in their services.

Edward Beisel

I would very much recommend Maresca & Sons Funeral Home on 592 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Every detail was taken care of with 100% professionalism and care. Besides all this, our dad looked good ... which says so much about the great skills of the makeup person & staff. Comments from guests at the wake confirmed this.

Angela Fernicola Perillo

I've (sadly) attended many wakes/funerals at Maresca's. Neil is ALWAYS kind, respectful and caring as well as an incredible professional. I give him and Maresca Funeral Home an 11.

Lori Moore Cavaliere

I can't even tell you what I think. We think there shouldn't even be any questions. Neil Rapuano is the kindest person you would ever meet in life. When you are this point you need kindness honesty and compassion. That's what you'll find with Neil and Maresca's Funeral Home. He is above all standards and others look no further stay right here. His warmness will fill your heart especially in your time of sadness in life. ♡♡

Felicia Mastroianni Apuzzo

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for seeing us through a very emotional and difficult time. Although my Mom lived a long life, it still broke our hearts to lose her at age 97. Thank you for your expertise and kindness. We are grateful that her funeral arrangements were handled by Maresca Funeral Home.
The family of Johanna DelVasto

Charlie and Shirley

Thank you for being such a good friend, so generous and loving. As difficult as difficult as Peter's passing was for Ellen, Amanda and Gregg, it was also a difficult time for you. Your love shone thru , as you guided Ellen and shared your love. You truly are a special friend.

Pat and Tom

Pat and Tom

Dear Neil
We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for our family over the past two weeks. Your advice, your thoroughness and especially your thoughtfulness have ment the world to all of us. Thank you for taking care of our Pop and of us too.
The Marsico Family

Marsico Family

Dear Mr. Rapuano
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for your efforts to provide Abby and her family a such wonderful opportunity to say thier final goodbyes. What a blessing you were to us all. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to you along with our deepest thanks. We feel truly blessed . You made the unbearable somehow more bearable.
On behalf of the entire Martinez-Carvente family, I am. Humbly Thankful, Robbie Grant Sutton

Robbie Grant Sutton

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