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Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-3338
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Erma Mary Biestek

Erma Mary Biestek

Monday, September 7th, 1931 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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Erma Mary Biestek, wife of Joseph (Jack) Biestek passed away on September 22, 2020 at the age of 89. She was born in Meriden on September 7, 1931, the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Claudia (Fontana) Turelli.

Erma was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and an ardent member of the OLMC Society where she served as treasurer for many years. She worked at Napier Corporation, Thompson’s Candy Company, Ragozzino Foods and most importantly as an accomplished Homemaker. She loved to bake for friends and family, perfecting her hugely sought-after sugar bun cookies for OLMC bake sales.

Erma is survived by her husband of 65 years, daughter Paula Biestek from Texas, two sons, Mark Biestek from Southington, and David Biestek and wife Patricia from Middleton, Rhode Island; grandchildren Isabella Fanucci from Texas, Michael and Christopher Biestek from RI; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sister-in-law Christine Turelli. Erma was predeceased by sister Jean and her husband Edward Powers and brother Lidio (Joe) Turelli.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Mt. Carmel Campus, 109 Goodwill Avenue, Meriden. Everyone is asked to gather directly at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online condolences, please visit
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    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady Queen of Angels, Mt. Carmel Campus
    109 Goodwill Ave
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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    Due to the pandemic only 100 people are allowed at church at this time.


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Posted at 02:30pm
Dear Jack, Paula, and family,
I am saddened by Irma's passing. We would always talk when walking out of church, She was such a kind and friendly person. We shared many hours at softball and basketball games when you and Cheryl were in high school. We rode to several out of town games with Eddie and Jean and laughed over the silliest things. Cherish your memories--they will get you through the days ahead. Bod bless and give you strength.
Sincerely, Irene Veillette

Posted at 11:00am
Paula,I am very sorry to hear of your mothers passing.I know how you you know that I lost Hollie in2016 and Merri in 2018 sending prayers your way MaryAnn Plont

Rhonda Busa

Posted at 07:11am
I worked for many years with Erma at Thompson Candy. She was a very sweet woman and a friend to all. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Meriden, CT

Christine Medina

Posted at 09:45am
Dear Jack, Mark, Paula and David,
Over the 20 years I have lived beside our dear friends, Erma and Jack, we have enjoyed many memories, love, and homemade
wine on the front porch. Erma was such a joy to talk to, laugh with, and just her smile radiated kindness, love and compassion.
Her humble dedication to St Judes fundraising for children showed just how much she cared about all the children of the world.
She will sadly be missed and my sincere condolences go out to her family and her grandchildren. My hope is that all those beautiful memories you hold in your heart ease your grief and give you true peace.

Love the Medina Family, Christine, Sergio, Ian and Katelyn

Judy DiGiovanna

Posted at 09:00pm
Beautiful lady. May she Rest In Peace.❤️

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