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Barbara Consiglio, 79

The wake for the Orange resident, who was a third grade teacher at Center School and Beecher Road School in Woodbridge for 28 years before retiring as their media specialist in 1987, is tonight, and funeral services are Monday morning in New Haven.

Barbara Consiglio, 79, of Orange passed away suddenly on Dec. 26, 2012, due to complications from a fall. She was the beloved wife of Pasquale J. Consiglio.

She was born May 9, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Frank and Jennie DelSoio Romolo.

Mrs. Consiglio was a graduate of Brooklyn College and earned her master of library science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She was a third grade teacher at Center School and Beecher Road School in Woodbridge for 28 years before retiring as their media specialist in 1987. She is also part of the family that has owned and operated Consiglio's Restaurant on Wooster Street in New Haven for the past 74 years.

Mrs. Consiglio was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who will be terribly missed by her children, Laura (Louis) Fantarella and Trish (Dave) Perrotti, both of Orange, and her grandchildren, Lindsey Fantarella, of New York City, Kevin Fantarella of New Haven and Matt, Jason, and Mia Perrotti of Orange. She is also survived by her siblings, Jean Romolo, Frances Gigante, Carmela Koenigsberg, Frank Romolo and many nieces and nephews.

An avid traveler from the time she was a young woman, Mrs. Consiglio travelled throughout Europe and enjoyed many trips to places including Asia, Turkey, Alaska, and the Carribbean. Her favorite destination was always Amalfi, Italy, where she and her husband visited many times.

When she wasn't spending time with her grandchildren and travelling, Mrs. Consiglio loved to bargain hunt and shop and was usually spotted visiting her favorite stores along the Boston Post Road. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at St. Michael's Church, 29 Wooster Pl., New Haven, followed by burial at the Orange Cemetery. Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. today, Sunday, Dec. 30 at Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. 11 Wooster Pl., New Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

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