Gilda R. Coitrone

Posted:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Gilda Rose (Gullo) Coitrone went to heaven on St. Valentine's Day 2019. She was born on March 17, 1929 (St. Patrick's Day) in Blair Township, Pennsylvania. She claimed Irish heritage because and celebrated her birthday in true Irish form. She was predeceased by her parents Giuseppe "Joe" and Laura (Curatho) Gullo from Coringa, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy.

Gilda grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Greensburg High School Class of 1947. Shortly after graduation she moved with her parents to Meriden, Connecticut where she met her future husband, William John Coitrone. His paternal grandparents immigrated from the same small town in Italy as her parents.

She was married on July 2, 1949 to William John Coitrone at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden. They started their family of Aileen Laura (Richards), Wilma Jeanne (Tatlock), Diane Marie (McKindlay) and Timothy Joseph. Later the family moved to Chelsea, Maine and eventually Gilda moved to the Margaret Chase Smith House in Augusta as one of the first occupants.

Gilda was an avid reader and crocheted many items for friends and family. She was a volunteer at Gray Birch in Augusta, Maine. One year she assisted in making a dozen Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for the Church Fair at Our Lady Queen of Peace.

She is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Laura Gullo, her husband William John Coitrone.

She is survived by her three daughters and one son, and his wife Darlene Simmons.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Mary Catherine and her husband George Wilson; Russell Richards and his wife Katie; Rose Coitrone-Bosse and her husband Adam Bosse; Tamee Cargill and her husband Shane; Laura Rose McKindlay and Robert McKindlay; Sarah Tatlock; Mark Coitrone; James Coitrone and his wife Kayla.

In addition she is survived by seven great-grandchildren, Michael and Madaline Bilodeau, Mason and Izzabelle McKindlay, RJ and Zoe Cargill, and Isla Richards.

As per her instructions there will be no funeral service. A Mass will be celebrated March 3 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. A gathering will be held at a later date.