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Friday, April 7, 2023
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Constance Perotti, (nee Inglesby) passed away peacefully at the Hamlet Retirement Community in Chagrin Falls on March 30th, surrounded by her family. She was 86 years old. Connie was born in Camden, NJ on September 21st, 1936. She and her twin sister Carol attended Merchantville HS, and they both graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia in 1958. While in College, she met her husband Edward J (Ned) Perotti while he was serving in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps. They were married in New Jersey in 1959, and settled in Mt Laurel NJ.
Connie was first and foremost a loving and dedicated wife, and mother to her five children. She lived in the same house on Chadbourne Rd in Shaker Heights for 42 years. The Perotti house was a warm and welcoming place thanks to Connie. She had a love of family, people, literature, and poetry. Connie also had a varied career as a creative writer, writing a number of short stories and having several recurring columns published in the Camden Courier Post. She became a real estate investor, and was the executive director of several non-profit organizations in the Cleveland area. In the 1970s, co-founded Peoples & Cultures, Inc., a grass roots cultural arts organization that gave a platform to various artisans of the various waves of immigrants who made a home in the Cleveland area. P&C provided a marketplace for local artisans to sell their wares, and also conducted “World in your Backyard” tours to highlight the hidden treasures found in Cleveland’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods. She also worked diligently to help sustain and revitalize business in Cleveland neighborhoods through her work at Mid-Town Corridor and Maingate Business Development Corporation. She was always fully engaged in whatever she was involved in, and always put others needs before her own. She was steadfast and dedicated in her Catholic faith, and taught CCD classes in her younger days.
Connie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward J (Ned) Perotti, who passed away in suddenly in 2007. After the loss of her husband, she was fortunate enough to meet Mel Pattison, who had recently lost his wife Patty, and they married in 2010. They lived in Chesterland and had a happy and fulfilling marriage for the years that they spent together, traveling and enjoying their families, friends, and grandchildren. Mel passed away in May of 2022.
Connie was also predeceased by her beloved daughter Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Perotti in 2022, as well as her twin sister Carol Inglesby Rusin (Bob), brother Edward J Inglesby (Audrey), nephew Bob Rusin Jr, parents Edward J Inglesby and Esther Hepler Inglesby, and parents in-law Edward A (Ned) Perotti and Mary Kilbane Perotti.
Connie is survived by her beloved children Tim (Cathy), Ned (Margi), Tom (Laura), and Priscilla (Ab); grandchildren Hannah (Tre), Patience, Amanda, Emily, Quinn, Olivia, Maddie, Noah, Dylan, Tim, Tom, and John; her brother-in-law Patrick J. Perotti (Sharon); and three great-grandchildren (Tresor, Kaia, and soon to be born #3). Connie is also survived by Mel’s children Cathy, Don, Laurie, and Steve. She had many beloved nephews and nieces, cousins and extended family and friends. We also would like to give special thanks to Laura Pettica for the exceptional and loving care and companionship she provided to Mel and Connie during their final months. Laura is irreplaceable, as were Mel and Connie!
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 7th at 4-6 PM at Brown-Forward, 17022 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120, (216) 752-1200.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 10AM at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 12601 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44120.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stella Maris of Cleveland, 1320 Washington Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 tax id 34-0896181