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Carol Marie (Cirillo) Mills
May 6, 1948 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Carol Marie Mills, 75, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Hamden, CT passed peacefully into the welcoming hands of God on Friday, December 29, 2023. She was the beloved wife of John Boyhan, mother of Russell (Filomena) Mills of Wallingford, CT and Randy Mills (Daryl Sinkule) of TX, and grandmother of Justin, Brianna, Kaitlin and Mia Mills. Carol was born in New Haven, CT, on May 6, 1948, a daughter of the late Pasquale and Caroline Mangino Cirillo, and grew up in the Fair Haven section. She attended Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, and graduated from the hairdressing & cosmetology program to become a talented hairdresser. She worked at several popular salons for many years, and transitioned her career into clerical and administrative work at Yale University. She never lost her love for the trade and working with her hands, and continued to cut hair out of her home while working full-time. She also had quite a green thumb, growing many varieties of plants and flowers. She discovered an additional passion for arts and crafts, starting her own business making and selling her beautiful creations, including soaps, jewelry, rosary beads and paintings. In 2018, she and John relocated to Florida. She also had quite a culinary gift, and her vast collection of recipes will be enjoyed for generations. Carol’s deep Catholic faith gave her the wings to navigate life’s journey. She will rest in peace knowing the love she shared with others was reciprocated. Carol is also survived by her brother Joseph Cirillo, Sr., sisters-in-law Francis, Jo-Ann and Cynthia Cirillo and brother-in-law Joseph Boyhan of Florida and sister-in-law Marge Depalmer of CT. She was predeceased by a sister, Teresa Goldberg and three brothers, John, Pasquale and Robert Cirillo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Carol on Monday, January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bridget of Sweden Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire, CT. A private burial will follow. Memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 or at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ The Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven has been entrusted with local arrangements. www.washingtonmemorialfh.com