Maryann Morano, 97, resident and business owner

Maryann Morano died Saturday evening, June 22, with the family by her side. A longtime Greenwich resident, she was 97.

Born in New Canaan on July 7, 1915, she was the daughter of the late James and Frances Vietri Lato and the wife of the late Peter R. Morano.

Mrs. Morano, who “died the revered matriarch of three generations, led her family from an early age as the oldest daughter of nine children,” her family said.

A proud graduate of New Canaan High School, Mrs. Morano earned a varsity letter in basketball, the Women’s Athlete of the Year award, a state championship title, and an invitation to play for the University of Connecticut. She declined the scholarship offer to continue working in the Great Depression climate of 1934.

She married Peter Morano in 1940 and moved to Greenwich, where they owned and operated a dry-cleaning business on Greenwich Avenue for decades and were active members of St. Roch’s Church.

When Mr. Morano’s brother, Albert P. Morano, ran for Congress in Connecticut’s 4th District, Mrs. Morano organized political support to help him win in 1950, and re-election for three consecutive terms, her family said.

Mrs. Morano stayed in business after being widowed in 1979 and was active in Greenwich into old age.

“She will be remembered by all for her relentless work ethic, boundless energy, and sincere dedication to family and friends,” her family said.

Mrs. Morano is survived by her son, Albert and his wife Sandra of New Canaan; a daughter, Linda R. Morano of Greenwich; a sister, Edith Sinclair of Norwalk and grandchildren Christopher, Peter John, and Sara Ann.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 26, at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenwich. For online condolences visit HoytFuneralHome.com.

—by the staff

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