AVON – Deacon Michael T. Sponzo, 91, of Avon, passed away at his home on Oct. 16, 2013.
He was born in Hartford in 1922, the son of Vincenza (Calendrillo) Sponzo and Thomas R. Sponzo. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Marion (Dalton) Sponzo.
Deacon Sponzo, a dentist, is a graduate of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He began his career in dentistry as a 24-year-old captain in the United States Army Dental Corps. He returned to Hartford with his wife and practiced dentistry until 1977. He was president of the Hartford Dental Society in 1960.
After retiring from private practice, he was invited to join the dentistry faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He was twice named the teacher of the year by the student body. Working with the Department of Oral Surgery, he demonstrated the utility of free-standing dental implants for denture patients.
Upon retiring from teaching dentistry in 1986, Dr. Sponzo continued his passion for philosophy and theology; he taught at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell for several years.
He was a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Hartford for 25 years.
He is also survived by his four children, Dr. Thomas S. Sponzo of Simsbury, Anne Marie Sponzo of Canton, Suzanne S. Bertrand of New Hartford and Michael T. Sponzo Jr., of West Hartford; his sister Rose Sponzo of Farmington; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 19 at St. Ann Church in Avon. Burial in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield followed.