GREENWICH, Conn. – Donato Labriola, of Greenwich, died Saturday, Feb. 27. He was 99.
He was born on April 23, 1916, to the late Canio and Teresa-Martino Labriola in Ripacandida Potenza, Italy. He was united in marriage to Addolorata Gabriele at Chiesa Madre and they would remain married for 63 years until her death on Nov. 28, 2002. He served in the Royal Italian Army for eight years in the campaigns of North Africa, the Balkans and the Iberian Peninsula. After the war, he returned to Ripacandida where he and his wife raised three daughters together. During this time, he worked in agriculture for nearly 25 years. In 1967, at the age of 51, he moved with his wife and youngest daughter to the U.S. and settled in Greenwich.
Having spent nearly 50 years in the U.S., he was very patriotic and ever grateful to be living the American dream. He was an avid gardener who was always generous with his bountiful harvest.
He is survived by three daughters, Teresa (Michele) Larossa, Antonietta Labriola and Lucia (Tomasso) LaRocca; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Teresa Santomauro, Carmela Santarsiere and Ida Labriola; and a brother, Pasquale Labriola.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena, Riverside. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenwich.
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