Aileen Flaim Natale
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Aileen Flaim Natale
  • July 2, 1925 - June 15, 2016
  • Glastonbury, Connecticut

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Aileen Flaim Natale, of Glastonbury, CT, passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 15th, with family members by her side at Manchester Manor. She was born in Manhattan, New York, on July 2, 1925 and spent summers growing up in Chepathet, Rhode Island, with her extended family.

She met her future husband, Justin Joseph Natale, while he was flying a sea plane on the Connecticut River. After Aileen and Justin were married in 1950, they took the trip of their lives on their honeymoon travelling and exploring their way across the country. They then spent three very content years in California with two children before returning east to family and roots. That adventure shaped Aileen's love of beauty and sense of possibility in life.

Aileen was an admirer of the visual arts, especially Georgia O'Keefe and the woven rugs of native Americans in Arizona. In her later years of life, the loss of her eyesight due to diabetes was a severe blow. But her indomitable spirit was not defeated, and she refused to believe she was "handicapped."

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Justin Joseph Natale of Glastonbury, CT, her son, G. Justin Natale and his wife Catherine of New Hartford, CT; her daughter, Jane Gionfrido and her husband Joseph of Hebron, CT; grandsons Justin N. Natale and his wife Lindsay of Charleston, SC; Dylan F. Natale and his wife M.C. of Salt Lake City, UT; Matthew Joseph Gionfrido of Glastonbury, CT; and her great-granddaughter Lillian Natale of Charleston, SC.

A private family funeral was held. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the outstanding care the staff of the Manchester Manor gave Aileen over the last several months. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Aileen's memory to the American Diabetes Association.