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Joyce K. Guliuzza, 77

Joyce “Joy” Katherine Guliuzza of Ansonia died Sept 23 . She was 77.

Joyce 'Joy' Katherine Guliuzza
Joyce Guliuzza Contributed photo

Born in Derby on July 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Prudence Thompson Cotnoir.

She was a lifelong Valley resident and natural athlete playing softball, racquetball, and bowling in area leagues. Her sportsmanship and athletic ability allowed her to support and coach her grandsons in all their sporting endeavors.

She was the owner and operator of Expressions of Joy florist and specialized in custom silk flower arrangements. She also worked as a licensed real estate agent in Westport for many years, until her retirement in 2004.

She enjoyed jaunts to the casinos, tending to her fabulous flower gardens, keeping her home meticulously tidy, as well as preparing amazing home-cooked meals for her family.

She will be long remembered for her special love for her family, grandsons and pets. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Robert) Jones of Ansonia, and Jeffrey Guliuzza of Beacon Falls;  grandsons, Taylor and Jordan Jones of Ansonia; sisters, Shirley Zdanek of Shelton, Barbara (Al) Nimons of Seymour, Prudence (Norman) Hayden of Seymour, Marsha (Bruce) Pettingill of Derby, Laurie (David) Chirgwin of Seymour; and sisters-in-law, Liz Cotnoir of Oxford and Judith Cotnoir of VT;  friends, Nancy (Charlie) Grant of Naugatuck, David Hosking and Charlie Brenan, both of Shelton; as well as many nieces, nephews and a “granddog,” Gina. She was predeceased by her companion of 30 years, John Hosking; brothers, Arnold and Norman Cotnoir; brother-in-law, Tony Zdanek and her “granddog” Shey.

Family and friends are invited to attend a walk-through visitation at the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia, on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please be advised that all protocol, screening, and social restrictions of the COVID-19 Pandemic will be exercised. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ansonia Animal Shelter, Division Street, Ansonia, CT 06401. Online condolences may be made at Wakelee Memorial.

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