Attilio DeAnzeris, 99, passed away peacefully on October 3rd, 2020, at Valerie Manor surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Romano DeAnzeris of 72 years. He leaves behind his daughters Ann DiFiglia (Frank) and Patricia Cerruto (Peter) and five grandchildren, Kevin Sultaire, Jeffrey Sultaire (Gina), Julie Cerruto, Peter Cerruto (Samantha), and Mary Cerruto Vasile (Nicholas). Attilio also leaves behind two great-grandsons, Anthony Sultaire and Lucas Cerruto. The family would like to thank Foothills VNA and Valerie Manor for their care and support.
Attilio was born in Harwinton, Connecticut on April 7, 1921, son of the late Anna Pallazo and Angelo DeAnzeris. Attilio grew up in Torrington. He served in the Merchant Marines in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. A meat cutter by trade, Attilio worked in area butcher shops and retired from Stop and Shop in 1981 after 37 years. Upon retirement, Attilio remained active, teaching meat cutting at Housatonic Valley High School, working on small engine machines at Grunders, and most recently, a bus driver for Northwest Transit from July 30, 2003 until 2015. Attilio was instrumental in the planning and organizing of the yearly “Stuff a Bus.”
Attilio had many talents. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved cutting wood and wood working, but a great passion of Tillio’s was music. He formed a local band, The Twilights, playing clubs and functions throughout Litchfield County for over 60 years. Over 25 years ago, he and fellow musicians established a volunteer music group called the Tunedusters, providing Wednesday afternoon entertainment at the Sullivan Senior Center. Up until April of this year, the current group Tillio’s Allstars, still performed for line dancers and music lovers of all ages.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Church, (St. John Paul the Great Parish), 99 East Main St., Torrington. Relatives and friends are asked to meet directly at St. Peter Church. There are no calling hours. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. Relatives and friends attending the funeral services must follow CDC recommendations for COVID prevention of social distancing and wearing face masks. Cook Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Sullivan Senior Center (www.torringtonct.org/sullivan-senior-center) or to St. Peter Church, c/o St. John Paul the Great Parish, 160 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790.
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Sullivan Senior Center
88 East Albert St., Torrington, CT 06790,
St. John Paul the Great Parish
160 Main St., Torrington CT 06790