Cultural Heritage Tours

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Wooster Square Tour

Iovanne’s Funeral Home

11 Wooster Place

Iovanne’s Funeral Home. Courtesy Iovanne’s.

The Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. was established in 1928 by E. William and Angelina Perrelli Iovanne. They first operated out of a small store front building on Chapel Street in New Haven at a time when wakes and funerals were held in the home. Their ideas toward funeral service were simple: “Always treat a person the way you want them to treat you.” Today, second and third generation directors E. William Iovanne and William G. Iovanne and the entire staff at Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. still feel the same way about how people should be treated.

The elegant home, located in Historic Wooster Square was first built in 1843 for Theron Towner, a shipping merchant, who stayed there until his death. It was then acquired by Frank W. Pardee, Vice-President of the Benedict Pardee Coal Company and later by the Maisano family. The Iovanne family took ownership of the property in the early 1950s and created space in the stately home to include two spacious chapels, lounges, and office areas.


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