Mabel  Coppola

Obituary of Mabel Coppola

Mabel May (Richards) Coppola 92, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Catawba Regional Hospice.  Born in Mystic, CT, she was the daughter of the late John P. Richards, Sr. and Florence Rose Richards.  She lived in New Haven, Ct where she met her husband, Ralph.  She was the first of her 13 siblings to graduate high school.  She worked in the original Silly Putty factory, National Gypsom and finally Echlins.  Due to an injury, she was forced to retire.  Mabel enjoyed the beauty of all phases of the moon.  She was an avid watcher of the weather channels.  Her other loves included bird watching, card playing, scrabble, word puzzles, talking on the phone to her children and relatives.  Mabel was a great story teller and had an infectious laugh.  Friend to all - Stranger to none.  Mabel was joking right up to the end of her life.

Mabel May Richards Coppola born May 6, 1926 in Mystic, CT married Ralph Coppola, Sr on July 4, 1944.  They had 6 children.  Mary, age 5 died from an illness.  Survivors include son, Louis Coppola and wife Camille and their children, Marty and wife Lala, and Danille and husband Tim Smith; daughter, Anne Karlac and her children, Robert Norboe and George Norboe, Jr.;  son, Ralph Coppola, Jr. and wife Maria and his children, Michael Coppola and Ralph Coppola, III; daughter, Michelle Quattlander and children Thomas Vaccaro, Micheal Archer, Sarah Vaccaro and Robin Vaccaro; and son, Albert Coppola and wife Christina; three remaining sisters, Marilyn Richards, Gertrude Norman and Victorene Hennessey; 10 grandchildren and 5 great granddaughters, Riley, Noelle, Violet, Lena and Noora.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Coppola, daughter, Mary Coppola; brothers, Herbert Deveau, Leonard Richards, Willard Richards and Donald Deveau;  sisters, Mildred Talmadge, Gertrude Bronson, Agnes Boucher and Florence “Flossie” Toither. 

Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home), 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. Funeral procession will leave the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home on Saturday, May 26 at 8:35 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 355 Foxon Rd, East Haven with Committal to follow at All Saints Cemetery.