Natalie Corbo, 64, co-owned Corbo Associates
Published 8:54 pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Natalie (Grosso) Corbo, 64, of Roxbury, died Aug. 2 at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital after courageously battling breast cancer for seven years. She was surrounded by her family during her final moments. She was the wife of A. Ralph Corbo Jr.
Mrs. Corbo was born in Waterbury, daughter of Rose (Fuoco) Grosso of Waterbury and the late Joseph M. Grosso.
Mrs. Corbo and her husband had been partners in life since their first date on March 26, 1965. Celebrating their anniversary every Valentine's Day, they had been happily married for 42 years.
Their loving partnership extended to the business they built together, Corbo Associates Inc., an award-winning local home builder, where she was co-owner and chief financial officer since 1981.
Mrs. Corbo was an integral member of the development and management team for CrossRoads, a commercial center in Middlebury.
Previously, she was a Spanish teacher at Watertown High School and later became director of library services for the school district.
Mrs. Corbo was a great lover of music, art and theater. She especially enjoyed shows at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.
She was an accomplished accordionist and competed on a state level as a teenager.
Mrs. Corbo was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Roxbury, and was also active with the Metastatic Breast Cancer group at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
She was an avid downhill skier and loved spending winters in Vermont with her family and friends.
In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by a son, Colin Corbo, and his wife, Dawn, of Woodbury; a daughter, Faith Corbo, of Roxbury; two sisters, Joanne Piel, and her husband, William, of Woodbury; and Marilyn O'Neil, and her husband, Thomas, of Cheshire; a sister-in-law, Domenica Zurlo; a brother-in-law, John Zurlo; a brother-in-law, Joseph Corbo; a sister-in-law, Faith Harvey Corbo; a son-in-law, Thor Gaenzler; four nieces; and four nephews.
The Chase Parkway/the Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Closer to Free Fund in support of Dr. Michael DiGiovanna's breast cancer research program at Yale Cancer Center. Checks may be made payable to Closer to Free Fund and mailed to PO Box 7611, New Haven CT 06519-0611.