Obituary of Alice Brescia
Alice Brescia, 80, of New Fairfield CT, the beloved wife of Julian passed away on April 7, 2023 in Regional Hospice of Danbury with her family by her side. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of John and Ethel (Walsh) O’Donnell.
She attended Saint Teresa of Avila Grammar School and graduated from Prospect Heights High School as co-treasurer of the senior class. Upon graduation she went to work in New York City at the Society of Automotive Engineers and then at Colt Industries.
While on vacation with friends in Massachusetts, Alice was introduced to Julian Brescia. It was offered that he would drive people back to the city. Not realizing some were from Brooklyn and others from Westchester. After a Marx brothers’ event in Queens, Julie took over and got everyone where they needed to be. About a month later Julie contacted Alice and as they say “the rest is history”. They were married in 1970 and settled in Yonkers, moving in 1973 to New Fairfield. They have two children, Steven of Washington DC and Maureen Fuhr (Ted) of New Canaan, CT and two grandchildren, Natalie and Alexander. While her children were young, she volunteered at the school, joining Tuesday’s Circle and was also a volunteer for the Cancer Society as well as helping out in other areas. After several years at home she went back to the corporate world. She worked for the treasurer of Union Carbide Corporation and then in Drug Regulatory Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim.
Alice was a kind hearted, generous person who loved spending time with friends and family. She particularly doted on her two grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, traveling, going to museums, concerts and the theater. She also loved the beach, had a fondness for animals and enjoyed good cuisine, especially her husband Julian’s cooking.
Alice was predeceased by her parents and her sister Eileen Zarneski. Besides her husband, children, grandchildren and son-in-law, Alice is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Andrew Zarneski, Eileen Blackwood, John Zarneski, Christine Regolizio and their families and her sister in law Susan Maturlo.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on May 27 in Saint Edward, the Confessor Church, 21 Brush Hill Rd, New Fairfield at 11 AM. There are no calling hours. To place online condolences or light a memorial candle, please visit www.cornellmemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | Donor Services | PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or visit: https://www.lls.org/ways-to-give.
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