Marguerite Mary Miceli
1989 - 2012

Once upon a time there lived a special, young, beautiful Italian girl named Margarita. She lived in Cromwell with her beloved mother, Sylvia Grace (Ravalese) Miceli, her two protective big sisters, Francesca and Carmelina Miceli, and her little Yorkie, Toby Baby. She had light brown hair, bright blue eyes and an infectious smile that could light up a room. She loved to read and to write, to listen and laugh, and she loved to learn. She was especially proud of her ability to become fluent in sign language and to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award. Above all, she loved her family. Margarita grew up working with her mom, sisters and extended family (including her favorite Uncle Harry A. Ravalese, her Aunt and Godmother Marguerite Daigle, and her cousins) at the family restaurant in town named for her late father, Francesco Miceli, called Franco's Pizzeria. There she proudly served not only the best Italian food around, but also joy, humor and happiness to customers and colleagues alike, whom she considered her extended "Franco's Family."

Margarita dreamed of becoming a pharmacist and she chased that dream with a passion. During her years at Mercy High School she got a job working as a pharmacy technician at the local Stop & Shop Pharmacy, where she has spread her compassion and caring for five plus years. She went to the University of Connecticut, where she was elected to the Student Government and planned many social events and outings for her classmates. She graduated from UCONN this past spring, with a Bachelors of Science in Allied Health and a minor in Biology. Soon thereafter, at the age of 23, Margarita was accepted to the St. Joseph's University, School of Pharmacy to begin the pursuit of her dream. It was the happiest time of her life. Unbeknownst to many, Margarita was mysteriously diagnosed with lupus at the age of 18. Margarita quietly and bravely struggled with underlying symptoms not fully understood for five years. On Monday, September 10, 2012, Margarita was reunited with her father Francesco, following complications associated with her condition. Although her battle is over, her memory will continue in the hearts of those whose lives she has touched. Margarita's life will forever be celebrated by her loving mother Sylvia; her two sisters Francesca and Carmelina; her grandmother Carmelina B. Ravalese; her Uncles Harry and Michael Ravalese; her Aunt Marguerite M. Daigle; her Uncle Deacon Ronald Daigle; and her four cousins, Paul and wife Eileen, Ronald, Joseph and Elizabeth Daigle. She also leaves behind her great-uncle Guiseppe Gandolfo; her Uncle Diego Miceli and Aunt Teresa (Depa) Miceli; her cousins Frances, Elizabeth, Maria and Julie; her Godfather Vincenzo Miceli and Aunt Valerie (Foligno) Miceli; her cousins Joseph, Vincenzo and Michael; and her Uncle Claudio Miceli and Aunt Sandra Scavetta, and cousins Danielle and Joseph.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the St. John Church, 5 St. John's Square, Cromwell. Everyone is asked to go directly to church Monday morning. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph's University, School of Pharmacy, for a scholarship fund that is being established in her memory.

The Hartford Courant - September 14, 2012