Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

WETHERSFIELD – Deacon Robert J. D’Efemia, 80, of Wethersfield, husband of the late Mary (Vaitkus) D’Efemia, died peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1932, in Hartford, a son of the late Rocco and Mary Madelyn (Motola) D’Efemia.

Deacon D’Efemia was a graduate of Hartford High School and the University of Hartford. He graduated from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s diaconate formation program and served as a deacon in the Greater Hartford area for many years, including in his last assignment, the Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield.

He was formerly employed by the Royal Typewriter Co. and retired from Pratt & Whitney as the manager of planning, analysis and cost control. Also a licensed Connecticut real estate broker, he was the vice president and treasurer of the former Kinsella & D’Efemia Real Estate Inc. from 1970-92. 

He is survived by his daughter Donna Coleman of East Haven; grandsons James F. Coleman of Clearwater, Fla., and Brian T. Coleman of East Haven; his sister Lorraine Quelette of Southington; and several nieces and nephews, including James D’Efemia of East Hartford and Anita Baldwin of Coventry. He was recently predeceased by his brother Donald Francis D’Efemia.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 14 at the Church of the Incarnation. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Donations in Deacon D’Efemia’s name may be made to the Church of the Incarnation.