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Phyllis Joan (Cifone) Hammell

July 23, 1933 ~ December 8, 2021 (age 88)


Phyllis Joan (Cifone) Hammell, of Durham, wife of the late Robert W. Hammell, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.  Born July 23, 1933 in Bristol, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anne (Lass) Cifone. 

Phyllis was a longtime resident of Durham and Higganum.  Prior to her retirement, she worked as secretary in the Regional District 13 school system of Durham and Middlefield, and as a temporary office worker for many years.  She was a member of the Durham Sixty Plus Club and the AARP of Durham/Middlefield.  Phyllis was a former member of Notre Dame Church of Durham and a current member of Saint Lawrence Church.

Phyllis leaves four wonderful children, daughter, Deborah and son-in-law Douglas Woina of Terryville, son Robert M. Hammell and daughter-in-law Teri of Killingworth, son Gregory Hammell and daughter-in-law Rebecca of Higganum and daughter Tracy and son-in-law Gordon Murphy of Killingworth; twelve loving grandchildren, Stephanie, Molly, Alison, Regan, Madeline, Griffin, Garrett, Grace, Jessica, Christopher, Nicholas, and Emily; nine great grandchildren, Tori, James, Jr., Hollis, Elliot, Finn, Kaiden, Rhett, Cash and Logan; two brothers, Allan Greenier of New Haven and Peter Baldwin of Virginia; sisters-in-law, Ellen Cifone of Terryville, Kathryn Finnegan and Betty Hammell of Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by a brother, Michael Cifone.

Family and friends may call on Monday, December 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown where masks are required.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 14th at 10:00 am at Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Drive, Killingworth where masks are required.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, Second Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.


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December 13, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doolittle Funeral Home
14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Funeral Service
December 14, 2021

10:00 AM
Saint Lawrence Church
7 Hemlock Drive
Killingworth, CT 06419

Private Interment

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