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Michael Rocco Seri, 90, Lifelong Danbury Resident, Former Town Clerk

Michael Rocco Seri
Michael Rocco Seri Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. - Michael Rocco "Tweezer" Seri, a lifelong Danbury resident and former town clerk for 24 years, died Jan. 17. He was 90.

Seri was born in 1923 to Cesare and Rose (Ross) Seri. He was born and raised in Danbury. He graduated from St. Joseph's Parochial School and then Danbury High School, Class of 1941.

At the age of 19, the U.S. Army assigned him to the Chemical Warfare Division during World War II. After his discharge, he worked at various hat factories in Danbury, including McLachan, Lee and Mallory. He later opened the WeemOWay, Ice Crème and Hot Dog Stand on Federal Road with his partner, James Nimer. He later worked at Troy Laundry. . He held various political offices in many areas of local and state government as city auditor, selectman, three terms as state representative, two terms as assistant clerk of the House of Representatives, and commissioner of Special Revenue, including chief of Thoroughbred Racing and Jai- Alai. He was town clerk in Danbury for 24 years and served with nine mayors of the City of Danbury.

He was an active member of the Danbury Democratic Party and was involved in both local and state government and various other organizations. He was a member of the Lion's Club, a 50-year member of the American Legion, the Catholic War Veterans, the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Old Timer's Athletic Association, and a longtime member of St Joseph Roman Catholic. He also served on the Board of Relations for the Federal Correctional Institute for many years.

Seri is survived by his wife Pat; children, Michael C. Seri, Pamela Ginsburg (Gary), Kim Lane (Al), Gary Seri and partner, Nancy; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brother, Joseph Seri; sisters, Theresa Carlo, Florence Klezovich (Joe); brothers-in law, Frank Ferrauiolo, Steven and Richard Macko (Mimi); sister-in-law, Mary Alice Seri; and several nieces and nephews. He was was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah Ann; brothers, Anthony (Ozzie) Seri and John Seri; and sisters, Mary Stavola and Jeannie Ferrauiolo.

Calling hours are Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home , 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Danbury. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Seri's memory to: Regional Hospice and Homecare of Western Connecticut, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT 06810; Danbury Hospital Development Fund , checks made out to WCHN: 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810, or St. Joseph's School , 370 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.

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