Clinton/Hudson – Beverly K. (Brann) Chieffo, 93, passed away peacefully on her birthday on Monday, January 15, 2024 while under the compassionate care and comfort of the staff at the Artisan at Hudson Community in Hudson.
Born in Hudson and raised in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, Beverly was the daughter of Theodore and Anna Brann and lived the last 10 years in Clinton until recently moving to Hudson.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Walter J. Chieffo; her son, Paul T. Chieffo of Lancaster; her granddaughter, Hannah E. Chieffo and her wife, Sara Chieffo of Worcester; a sister, Nancy DeMusis; and several nieces. Beverly is predeceased by a son, Christopher Chieffo, a sister, Mary Lou Brann, and her daughter-in-law, Wendy Chieffo.
Beverly was a graduate of Naugatuck High School in Naugatuck CT, class of 1949. She later graduated Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in education, and Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Painting. After getting married, Bev and Walter made their home in Bethany, CT, where they raised their family.
She was a highly accomplished artist with a profound love of art and art history. She was talented in many mediums, and worked in oil painting, intaglio printmaking, and was an expert in color theory. After receiving her undergraduate degrees, Beverly furthered her education receiving a Master of Arts from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy and a Master of Fine Arts from Lehman College in New York. She was an art and art history professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT where she taught for many years, retiring in 2003. Beverly found immense joy in nurturing her students and instilling in them a deep passion for the arts through her teaching.
She had a love for music and spent many Saturday afternoons listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on the radio. Beverly was an active member in the choir at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, CT for many years. Along with her love of music she was a passionate fan of Shakespeare and enjoyed reading and watching theatrical performances of his works. From a young age, Beverly took great joy in watching movies, especially the classics. She had an extensive movie collection that grew over the years.
Beverly was incredibly sweet and loved by all who knew her. She had an infectious warmth that charmed everyone she met.
Beverly’s funeral will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 809 Main St., Lancaster. The family will gather to honor and remember Beverly’s life during calling hours at the funeral home on Friday, January 26, from 5 to 7 pm.