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Isadore ‘Izzy’ Tadiello

NORTH CANAAN — Isadore “Izzy” Tadiello, 97, our friend and hero and a Pearl Harbor attack survivor, passed away peacefully at his home on April 23, 2019. 

He was born Oct. 3, 1921, to Otavia and Joseph Tadiello in Winsted. He was the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor in Connecticut. He was aboard the USS Curtiss, anchored off of Ford Island, on Dec. 7, 1941. He survived the attack and continued to serve until returning to Connecticut to begin his electrical career, and established I.A. Tadiello Electric in 1960. 

Izzy was a communicant of St. Mary of Tours and loved the Sunday Masses and Rosary in the evenings. 

He was married to Irma (Baldesseri) Tadiello from 1946 to 1976, and Elizabeth Van Dyk Tadiello from 1978 to 2008. 

He leaves two sons, William Tadiello and his wife, Barbara, of East Canaan and David Tadiello and his wife, Nancy, of Charles Town, W. Va.; his stepsons, Ben Van Dyk and his wife, Pam, of Marstons Mills, Mass., and Andre Van Dyk and his wife, Sis, of Little Rock, Ark.; his adoring grandchildren, Jennifer Felcher, Angela Seiferd, Victoria Whitehorn and Grant Tadiello; and nine great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Tony; his sisters, Rose and Madeline; and his grandson, Jeremy Tadiello.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10, at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph Church in North Canaan, on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. A military burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in North Canaan.

Memorial donations in Izzy’s name may be made to the North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the VFW Couch Pipa Post 6851 in North Canaan.

The family would like to thank Salisbury VNA and Hospice for the outstanding and compassionate care shown to Izzy and the family.