‘Aunt Jennie’ Marchitto, who was West Haven’s oldest active Republican, passes on at 102
Jennie Recchia Marchitto — known affectionately as “Aunt Jennie” to West Haven Republicans and people all over the Allingtown neighborhood she spent most of her life in — was well-known for a number of things.
For years, Marchitto — who was laid to rest Friday after passing away Tuesday at the age of 102 — was the oldest and longest-serving active Republican in town, serving as a poll worker and volunteer for many, many years.
She was a devoted member of the old Our Lady of Mount Carmel chapel in Allingtown, which was part of the recently merged St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church parish.
She “had wonderful handwriting,” according to one relative.
But among the many things that cousin Tom Marchitto loved about Jennie Marchitto, certain key memories — along with that handwriting — stood out.
“You couldn’t go out of her house without some food — typical Italian,” Tom Marchitto said.
And make no mistake: “She made a wonderful blue crab sauce.”
Not that that lip-smacking crab sauce defined her.
“She was a very giving person, a very hard worker, very smart,” said Tom Marchitto. “She used to keep a journal ... She was just a wonderful, warm person — and she was a very dedicated Republican...
“God bless her, she was 102,” he said of his cousin, who wore a tiara at her 100th birthday party. “She was in very good health until she was 98.”
“Aunt Jennie” was a life-long resident of West Haven until her deteriorating health made it necessary to move in with her daughter, Judith Conlon, in Guilford a few years ago, Tom Marchitto said.