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Elizabeth Pepe Rosselli, 94 of Orange, formerly of Hamden, died peacefully on Friday March 31st 2017 with her children by her side.

She was married to the love of her life, the late Ralph Rosselli.

Elizabeth was born on September 27th 1922 in New Haven, CT the daughter of Francesco and Filomena Volpe Pepe. Her father founded the world-famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in 1925. After his passing, she and her sister Serafina DeMusis capably took over the family business and lovingly devoted their lives to carrying on its legacy. In 1999,

Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria was named on the James Beard Foundation’s list of America’s Classics and in 2008 they were given “the Salute of Excellence Award” by the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

Elizabeth was a devout Catholic who received all of her sacraments and was married in St. Michael Church and was later a devoted parishioner of Saint Anne Church in Hamden where she attended mass every day. Through the years, she took enormous pleasure in organizing the many family gatherings with loving attention to details.

Elizabeth will live on through her three loving children, Anthony (Allison) and Francis Rosselli and Lisa (Paul) Cusano and her beloved sister Serafina DeMusis. Elizabeth adored and shamelessly spoiled her 5 grandchildren Christian Rosselli, Elise Cusano, Alexandra (Brent) Lamell, Cassandra Rosselli and Isabella Cusano, for whom she would do anything.

Visiting hours will be Monday April 3rd from 4-8 p.m. in the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 11 Wooster Pl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10am in St. Michael Church.

Entombment will follow in St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. Share a memory and sign Elizabeth’s guest book online at www.iovanne.com. 

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