OAKVILLE — Ilona G. (Mueller) Ranaudo, 70, the wife of Gregory Ranaudo, died peacefully Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in the VITAS Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Ilona was born March 21, 1950, in Germany, the daughter of the late Sigismund and Berta Mueller. Upon arriving in the United States in 1954, she lived with her family in Torrington and then Naugatuck. After getting married, she and Greg moved to Oakville where they raised their family.
Ilona attended Ray-Vogue Art School in Chicago and Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.
She was an avid gardener and a skilled seamstress with a passion for designing and making bridal gowns and accessories, some of which have become precious family heirlooms. She also enjoyed cooking, reading and spending time at the beach.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
In addition to Greg, her husband of 40 years, Ilona is survived by her daughters, Elisabeth Maki and her husband, Peter Maki, Krista Ranaudo and Victoria Ranaudo; her grandchildren, William, Cal and Lyle Maki; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Waldemar Mueller.
All services will be private due to current circumstances. A celebration of Ilona’s life will take place at a later date. Arrangements are by Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Ilona’s memory, donations may be made to Special Olympics Connecticut, 2666 State St. #1, Hamden 06517.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.buckmillerthurstonmengacci.com.