Marjorie Shapiro

Marjorie Clough Shapiro of Silver Pond, Wallingford and previously Deerfield Drive, Hamden, died peacefully in her sleep on August 3, 2011. Born on May 26, 1920 in Hazel Grove, U.K. to the late George Clough and Vina Howarth Clough Rust. Devoted wife of Bernard Louis Shapiro from 1945 to his passing in 1996. Loving mother of Lynne Shapiro of New Haven, CT, David and Kathy Shapiro of Stamford, CT, Gary and Margaret Shapiro of North Granby, CT and grandmother of Marisa and Jay Rizzo of Newtown, CT, Jesse and Katie Shapiro of Boston, MA and Allie Shapiro of Stamford, CT.  Predeceased by brother, David Clough, who died in WWII RAF service. Marjorie attended Derby College near her hometown of Burton-on-Trent U.K. until her World War II service as nurse at Derby Hospital and bookkeeper at Vickers Armstrong and Ministry of Supply. She later was Personal Assistant to Theatrical Agent, Hyman Zahl, until she immigrated to the United States in 1946. Marjorie was then an officer and bookkeeper of two family businesses–Jack and Jill Children’s Store, Chapel Street, New Haven in which she also was a part-time manager and Bernard’s Fashions for Ladies, Glastonbury. From 1980 to 1990, Marjorie was a full-time volunteer at the CT Better Business Bureau—a customer service representative while helping to administer the Automobile  “Lemon Law” program. In West Haven, CT, Marjorie was a founding member and officer of the B’Nai Brith.Women. Most recently she pitched in for the British Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association. Her many friends at “the British Club” and Silver Pond will miss her as “good egg” and great and learned conversationalist. Marjorie especially had a life long love of reading and until she died read at least one book a day and four daily newspapers. Memorial donations in her name —in funds or books—can be made to the New Haven region Read to Grow Inc.53 School Ground Road, Unit 3 Branford, CT 06405  www.readtogrow.org.
Funeral service at the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven Friday morning at 11. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

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  1. Christine Uskevich said,

    08.04.11 at 1:16 pm

    My sincerest condolences. I have read her obit and it seems she was
    quite a remarkable woman.

  2. Fran Odell said,

    08.04.11 at 1:50 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family , Fran and the Facilities Maintenance Professionals at Regional School District 6.

  3. Marlene Miller said,

    08.05.11 at 10:57 am

    My deepest sympathy to you, Gary, and your family.

  4. Flora Van Dyke said,

    08.05.11 at 11:19 am

    My sincerest sympathy, Lynn. I would like to have known her!

  5. Ellen Marshall said,

    08.07.11 at 8:48 am

    My sincerest condolences to the Shapiro family, on the loss of your mother and grandmother.

  6. Lynne Shapiro said,

    08.10.11 at 5:22 pm

    Entries to the New Haven Register Online Guest Book (the WFH comments have been added to that guest book as well).

    August 04, 2011
    Our condolence to the family of Mrs. Shapiro who lived across from us, the Sal DePrimo family on Choate Ave. Hamden, CT.
    August 04, 2011
    Lynne, I’m so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I know people always say, “oh, she led a full life.” But in this case, it’s true. She had many and varied projects, and did them all well.
    You’re so lucky G-d kept her with you for so long, and in relatively good health. My prayers go out to you and your family. May the Almighty give you peace. Berta Calechman (West Haven, CT)
    August 04, 2011
    Lynne, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She certainly had a fascinating life with her many interests and experiences. I know that you were a big help and comfort to her in her final days.
    Carole Grayson,
    Bloomfield, Connecticut

  7. Lynne Shapiro said,

    08.12.11 at 10:45 am

    Mom..as I’ve been going about, people in my New Haven community– like Henry, Sharon, Michael and Shira at Temple Beth Shalom, Peter and Bob at the UT pool, my neighbors Amy and Martin and Amy’s mother, Sandra–expressed their deep sorrow to me at your passing but your obituary in the print version of the paper not here to sign the guest book.

  8. Robert Webster said,

    08.17.11 at 4:44 pm

    Lynne, I was very sorry to learn that you mother passed away. Bob W