Juliette Marie Sklenka Sansone, 69, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Chapel Hill Medical Center, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Juliette resided in the Arboretum at Caswell Beach, N.C.
Juliette was born to William and Genevieve Sklenka on April 2, 1948. She lived a happy and meaningful life and was surrounded by her family as she passed.
Juliette graduated from Terryville High School in Terryville and Quinnipiac University in Hamden with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Following her education, she worked in retail at The United Cerebral Palsy Center in Bridgeport, in several law offices and finally, for years as a customer and sales representative in the graphic arts and printing industries.
She became active in local politics in Wallingford, where she supported candidates through open house, door-to-door and telephone canvassing. Her life in Wallingford was replete with activities involving her children and friends and family.
Juliette and her husband, Frank, moved from Wallingford to the beach in North Carolina five years ago to fulfill one of her most persistent dreams to be close to the sea. Even though leaving her large company of friends and family in Connecticut was upsetting for her, in her new life at the beach her outgoing and captivating personality allowed her to quickly form binding friendships. She was soon immersed in the welcoming and congenial community at the Arboretum. She had friends everywhere, at Tai chi, her book club, at yoga and with her gym buddies at Cape Fear. Lunch with friends at the Flying Fish was often the highlight of her week. She frequently remarked, “I’m a very happy lady.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving sister, Dolores Kempton; her brothers-in-law, Willard (Kem) Kempton and Rocco (Rocky) Palaia; and her sister-in-law, Josephine Sklenka.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; her children, Chelsea Tiedemann of Wallingford, Michael Sansone of Jacksonville, N.C.; her step-children, Andrea Alvey of Raleigh, N.C., Leah Sansone of Fairbanks, Alaska; her sister, Joanne Palaia; her brothers, Donald and Michael Sklenka, all of Bristol; and by her beloved grandchildren, Taylor, Ava, Olive, Hazel, Megan, Jessica and Brandon.
There will be a service for Juliette in Connecticut, at St Joseph’s Cemetery and Mausoleum, 522 Terryville Ave., in Bristol, Connecticut 06010, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. Juliette’s ashes will be placed in an urn and ensconced within a niche at the mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either of the following:
Matthew’s Ministry, providing food for needy school children, 5149 Fernwood Drive, Southport, NC 28461. More information may be found at www.matthewsministry.com .
Choroideremia Research Foundation Inc. working to find a cure for retinal degenerative disease. For more information and to donate, go to www.donate.curechm.org .