Sandra L. PrevisApril 3, 1948 ~ November 4, 2017 (age 69)
Sandra Previs, 69, of Fairfax, VT, formerly of Milford, CT, entered into eternal rest November 4, 2017. Born on April 3, 1948 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Antoinette (DiMassimo) Parlatore. Sandra was predeceased by her husband Stephen Previs. She is survived by her children, Dr. Stephen (Nadia) Previs, of Branchburg, NJ, Robert (Yvonne) Fosse-Previs of Milford, CT, Lisa (Matt) Gardi of Apalachicola, FL and Dr. Michael (Samantha) Previs of Fairfax, VT; and her beloved grandchildren, Sami, Sofia, Dylan, Ella, Harper and August. She is also survived by her brother, Frank Parlatore of Fountain Inn, SC, formerly of Bridgeport; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Joyce Previs of Trumbull, CT; her great-aunts, Jean DeMasemo of Trumbull, CT and Ida Damesimo of Syracuse, NY; her Goddaughter, Karen Parlatore of West Haven, CT, and her many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Sandra graduated from Bridgeport’s Harding High School in 1966. She marched in the PAL cadets drum corps. She was in the color guard and marched in the T-Birds. She was a member of the ‘Immaculates’ youth group at Holy Rosary Church.
After her husband’s death in 1983, she was the sole owner and operator of Lectra Coil Products in Milford; manufacturing temperature sensors, thermocouples and infrared thermal sources. She raised her four children as a single parent and took great pride in their educational accomplishments. She was particularly grateful to the Jesuits at Fairfield College Preparatory School and the Sisters of Mercy at Lauralton Hall for the supportive communities they provided her children. She was a huge fan of UConn women’s basketball.
Sandy was the Director of Religious Education at St. Agnes Church and a long-time CCD teacher, preparing a generation of children for their First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Additionally she was a loyal member of the St. Agnes Ladies Guild and she considered the friends she made there to be some of her dearest.
Her son Steve gave her many of her firsts, most importantly with Nadia the first of her cherished grandchildren. They made many opportunities for her to travel to be with their family and she reveled in visits to New York City and all it had to offer. She and Nadia shared a love for cooking and recipe exchange. Many of us would gauge where we fell in the family hierarchy based on how many of our favorites were in the special boxes of cookies and homemade candy that Sandy sent for the holidays.
With her daughter Lisa and son-in-law Matt, Sandy traveled the world. She celebrated her Italian heritage with a trip to Italy visiting Cinque Terre, Venice, Pisa, Sienna, and San Gimignano. She also spent time visiting them while they were living in Heidelberg, Germany. Sandy escaped the cold Northeast winters with visits to Key West and most recently to Apalachicola, FL as they embarked on their newest venture of a bar and local music venue, Bowery Station. There she spent time with her favorite ‘four-legged grandchild,’ Stella.
Sandy loved music – from Andrea Bocelli to Elvis she always had a playlist going. She was the first to indulge her son Bob’s affinity for the arts and was overjoyed when he became a teacher of Visual Arts. Sandy was looking forward to her annual trek back to Milford for Thanksgiving this year. She and Yvonne shared the gift of gab and a fondness for the people and changing landscapes of Milford.
Sandra spent the last fourteen years living in Vermont, with her son Michael and daughter-in-law Samantha, finding tremendous happiness in spending her time with them cooking, reading, and sharing the joy of raising their children Harper and August. She was a devoted and valued volunteer at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Gift Shop where she was recognized for over 10 years and 2000 hours of service. She most recently attended Saint Luke’s Church of Fairfax. As she had for much of her adult life, she loyally continued to follow her Lady Huskies.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Ave., Milford, CT. (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) Interment to follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Ave., Milford, CT. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to one of Sandra’s favored charities: Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Rd., Barre, Vermont 05641, www.vtfoodbank.org; American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839, www.redcross.org; American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, www.heart.org; Fairfax Rescue Squad, PO Box 428, Fairfax, VT 05454, www.fairfaxrescue.org.