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Franco Potenziani, 68, Danbury Volunteer Fireman

DANBURY, Conn. – Franco Potenziani of Danbury died Aug. 10 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 68.

Born Oct. 18, 1943, in Fumone, Italy, he was the son of Enrico and Giovanna Pennachia Potenziani. He was married to Teresa Fiore Potenziani for 25 years. She survives him.

Potenziani worked in the maintenance department at Danbury Hospital for more than 41 years. He also worked for the City of Danbury for a brief time. Potenziani was a volunteer firefighter for Waterwitch Hose Co. No. 7 on Locust Avenue for many years.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Danbury, where he volunteered as an usher and assisted on the altar at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Potenziani loved to garden and was happiest when surrounded by his family.

Potenziani is also survived by three brothers, Piacentino "Dino" (Josephine) Potenziani, Angelo (Marcia) Potenziani and Cesare Potenziani; four sisters, Palmira (Luigino) Scascitelli, Silvana "Sylvia" Link, Giuliana Potenziani and Ernesta (Robert) Hutter; his in-laws, MaryJo Iapaluccio, Connie (Frank) Scalzo, Felice (Mattea) Fiore and Olga (Antonio) Butera; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers-in-law, Bill Link, Carmine Iapaluccio, and Natale Fiore.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Cornell Memorial Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut or to Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Praxair Cancer Center.

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