Alice Visgilio

Alice M. Visgilio (Mehegan)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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Alice (Mehegan) Visgilio, 84, of Westerly, RI, formerly of East Hartford, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and children on February 10, 2021.

Born in Hartford, CT, daughter of Nicholas and M. Cecelia Mehegan, Alice was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph College both in West Hartford, CT. She met her husband Joseph on the beach in Misquamicut, RI where they later spent summers with their family and ultimately retired. Alice lived her life devoted to the catholic faith and in her later years, she was a faithful member of St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Westerly, RI serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Chair of the Hospitality Ministry.

To Alice, family was everything and everyone she met was family. She created a home where all were welcome and your favorite meal was always cooking on the stove. To many she was known as Alice, Mrs. V, or Aunt Alice, but to her favorite people she was Allie, Mom, or Mimi. But no matter what you called her, her infectious laugh, warm hugs, and selflessness will be missed. She inspires us to live by her example – cherish your family, live faithfully and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind. Alice leaves behind her loving husband Joseph to whom she was married for 62 years and her five children and their families: Peter (Ann) of West Hartford, CT: Robbie (Laura Kisatsky) of Cornwall, CT; Meg Strickland (Ken) of Glastonbury, CT; John (Wendy) of Old Lyme, CT; and Tim (Paula) of Madison, CT. She also leaves 13 grandchildren: Paul (Jenai), Molly, Matt, Tyler, Rachel, Hannah, Abby, Brenna, Will, John Michael, Evan, Jack and Kate, and many nieces and nephews. These are Alice’s seashells. Alice was predeceased by her infant son Michael and her two sisters: Sr. Joanne Mehegan and Denise Fleming.

Alice’s family would like to thank the ICU staff of Westerly Hospital and for the prayers of family and friends around the world. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Alice’s memory to: St. Clare’s Church, 62 Crandall Ave., Westerly, RI 02891or High Watch Recovery Center, Attn: Donations, POBox 607, Kent, CT 06757 that saved her son’s life.

Due to Covid restrictions, Mass of Christian Burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit
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Fran Salone-Pelletier

Posted at 02:56pm
To Joe and the family,

Although we have not been in contact for many years, I have never forgotten Alice or you, Joe. Alice and I were MSJA classmates and members of the Glenbrook Swim Club where she, Denise, and others sat in the shade while watching our children swim. I recall greatly admiring her ability to gather folks into friendly conversation. When I read of Alice's death in the St. Joe's News, I was shocked and saddened at the same time. Memories immediately flooded my mind, especially of confidences shared. No words can adequately describe sorrow at these times, only the deep knowledge that we will get through grief, but we will never be through with it. That is the content of love and the power of hope. May both be yours, Joe and for all the family. Shalom, Fran Salone-Pelletier

Janice Sylvestre

Posted at 10:59am
Dear Joe and Family, Alice was such a dear person, always a smile on her face. We used to see her at daily Mass. She was always willing to help out in any way. She would frequently substitute for my husband to distribute Holy Communion. She will be missed by all who knew her. Bob and Jan Sylvestre

The Burkes

Posted at 09:33am
Dear Joe and Family,
We offer our sympathy and condolences to you, Alice always made us feel that a "drop-in" visit was totally appropriate and something she really enjoyed. She made everyone feel like they were especially close to her, almost like family. How great a loss this must be for all her true family seashells. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary and Dickie Burke, East Hartford

Maryjoan Picone

Posted at 07:35pm
Dear Visgilio family, I am very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, Mrs. V, and your mother. She was always very welcoming to me and incredibly patient during very long Little League games where Timmy was a pitcher and my little brother Rich was first base. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, as there is nothing like releasing your mom to the heavens so she can forever be your angel. ~ Peace, MaryJoan Picone, East Catholic '83

Pam Salimeno

Posted at 07:47pm
We are heartbroken for you Joe and kids. Cousin Alice was a light in the world. Her laughter, love of family and friends, her faith made knowing her a joy. Our prayers for you all for consolation and strength, and for our dear Alice, May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our loving God.
Tom Salimeno and Pam Salimeno

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