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Gertrude "Marge" (Pietrafesa) Schaller

April 15, 1919 — July 15, 2017

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Gertrude “Marge” Schaller, 98, of Harwinton, CT, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Litchfield Woods with her family by her side.  She was the beloved wife of the late David R. Schaller, Sr.

Marge was born April 15, 1919, in Torrington, CT, the daughter of the late Leonard and Rose (Pace) Pietrafesa.  She was employed by the Torrington School System, in the Cafeteria, until her retirement.  A lifelong communicant of St. Peter Church, she was a member of both the Holy Rosary Society and the St. Francis Cabrini Society since 1943.  She was also a member of the Sullivan and Harwinton Senior Centers.

She is survived by one son, David Schaller, Jr. of Torrington, CT, one grandson, Brian Schaller; two great grandchildren, Brian Schaller, Jr. and Abrianna Schaller as well as several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brothers, Daniel Pietrafesa and sister-in-law Dora; and two sisters, Lucy Sisko, Molly Cavagnero and her brother-in-law Chester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church, 107 East Main St., Torrington, CT.  Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association ( or to the Office of Radio and Television, 15 Peach Orchard Rd., Prospect, CT 06712 Condolences may be sent to Marge’s family by visiting

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