Emily De Pecol Taillon, 85, of Bristol, died peacefully on Nov. 18.
Emily is predeceased by her loving husband, Norman. Emily was predeceased by her brothers, Mario, Ben, and Bruno.
Born in 1933, in Thomaston, she was the daughter of August and Teresa (Franeschin) De Pecol.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and John Stubbs of Manchester; son, Gregory Taillon of Winter Garden, Fla.; her precious grandchildren (her tesoro d’oro-treasures of gold), Kathryn and Gregory Taillon, who knew her as Grammie, and her much loved “grandchild,” Marc Chauvin of Maryland.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marion I. De Pecol of Thomaston, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
After graduating from high school in 1951, Emily, encouraged by her three brothers, attended Danbury State Teachers College. She graduated in 1955, and began her teaching career with the Bristol school system at O’Connell School where she embraced her students with great energy and passion. Emily and Norm built their home on Eastwood Road, which became the hub for many social gatherings through the decades.
Besides entertaining, her passions included gardening, travel, decorating, and her signature scrapbooks and greeting cards. Also, Emily loved her family and friends dearly. In 2016 Emily moved to Glenwood Place where she “brought Norm with her” in the many iron forged pieces, hand-crafted items, and furniture. Everything in her home had a special meaning and personal story. She embraced her move and the many new friends she cultivated there.
Her later passion included contributions to the Bristol Historical Society where she was instrumental in creating its General Store and served on the renovation committee.
The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Yale New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol, CT 06010. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, 4 to 7 p.m. at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010. Visit Emily’s memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com