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Nicole Marie Vitagliano

December 19, 1984 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 36)


Nicole Vitagliano, age 36, of Orange, passed away on August 14, 2021 after a courageous battle.  Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nicole cherished her relationship with friends and family who continue to be located within the state. Predeceased by her parents Harry (Sr.) and Joyce McKinnon (nee Pray) as well as her sister Kristi McKinnon, Nicole is survived by her loving husband Erik; most adored children Ella Elizabeth, age 18 months and Noah Harry, age four; brother Harry (Juliet) McKinnon, Jr.; sisters Kelly McKinnon, Beverly (Peter) Dubiel, Donna (Timothy) Hajjar, and Rebekah (Jeffrey) Bourdeau.

Nicole’s greatest passion was that of being a mother to her children, although she was also earnestly committed to the wellbeing and betterment for ALL children.  Earning her Juris Doctor degree, Nicole practiced law for the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, further illustrating that steadfast devotion.  

Nicole is best remembered as a most genuine and authentic individual- her selflessness was absolute, she was always available as a sounding board and for supportive advice; although having a reputation for her “non-filter” counsel, she respectfully delivered the honest truth in any situation.   Long considered the ‘glue’ that held friendships and relationships together, Nicole placed great emphasis on those in her life, the little things were what mattered.  She has been and will continue to be regarded as the quintessential best friend every person should have in their life.  A sense of honor is felt among those that were able to share in Nicole’s spirit and friendship.  Her husband Erik, children Ella Elizabeth and Noah Harry are what Nicole lived for, for whom she was most devoted, and they will always remain her beacon of joy.  The bar for motherhood was set to the top rung for Nicole; therefore it comes as no surprise that those who knew her deemed her a fantastic mother!  A non-believer of cutting corners and/or quitting, she was a fighter through-and-through. 

Calling hours will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 4 to 8pm at West Haven Funeral Home on the Green.  A procession will depart the funeral home at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 18th for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette Church, 385 Townsend Avenue, New Haven.  Entombment will immediately follow at All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vitagliano children’s education fund by visiting their GoFundMe page.  

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August 17, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West Haven Funeral Home
662 Savin Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

Mass of Christian Burial
August 18, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Bernadette Church
385 Townsend Avenue
New Haven, CT 06512


All Saints Cemetery
700 Middletown Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473


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