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Teresa (Perotti) Solan

NORTH CANAAN — Teresa (Perotti) Solan, professional seamstress and supermom, passed peacefully into Heaven on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, with her family and health aide, Love Togoe, surrounding her.  She was 91.  

Teresa was born on Jan. 13, 1930, and was the only child of Palma Perotti Consolini.  

She was a professional seamstress and taught sewing in the 4H Club in North Canaan for more than 20 years, worked at Stadium System, Bianchi’s, Bob’s Clothing, made children’s clothing for Geri Appleyard of Lakeville, and made numbered blankets for the horses in the Kentucky Derby.  

As a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, she was a member of the D of I and loved working on their chicken barbecue and Friday night bingo.  

She also worked as a teachers’ aide at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the 1970s and 1980s.  

Upon her retirement, she traveled with her husband of 65 years, visiting Israel, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Bermuda, Ireland, Branson, Mo., Idaho, Washington state, San Francisco and Texas to keep tabs on her kids. They would spend the winters in Holiday, Fla., at their winter home, and kept in touch with Little Canaan residents on the West Coast of Florida.

Teresa was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; and her son, William “The Big Dog” Billy. She leaves behind her daughter, Theresa Belter and husband, Tom, of McKinny, Texas, and their  two children and three grandchildren; her son, the Rev. Deacon Peter Solan of San Francisco; her son, Richard, and his son; and her special AFS student son, Josef Jungo of Zurich, Switzerland, and his family, whom she kept in touch with since 1976.

At her request, calling hours will be on Tuesday, April 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church in North Canaan at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lakeville at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Teresa requested that donations be made to SVNA Hospice Care.

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