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Renate C. (Richter) Savino

May 7, 1940 ~ June 23, 2022 (age 82)


Early on June 23, 2022, Renate Crista (Richter) Savino, 82, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family.  She leaves behind her loving, devoted husband of 65 years, Donald M. Savino and her heart-broken children; Daniel Savino (& Laurie) of Hampton, Anthony Savino (& Melanie) of Andover, and Tina-Marie (Savino) Smith (& William) of Moodus. She also leaves nine grandchildren; Heather, Richard, Melissa, Emily, Morgan, Michael, Nicholas, Cameron, and Dylan ~ 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Edward V. Savino in 2021, and a brother, Herbert Richter. She is survived by siblings Marianne (Richter) Moore (& Nelson), Hubert Richter (& Sheila) and a sister-in-law, Linda Roberts and her daughter Susan Parla.


Renate was born in Leuthen Germany on May 7, 1940, to the late Margarete (Effenberg) & Herbert Richter. The family came to New York in 1952, after World War II, when Renate was 11 years old. They soon relocated to Willimantic where Renate readily adapted to American life, quickly learning English and honing her many talents.


She was exceptionally artistic and had extensive creative abilities. She designed beautiful crafts for local fairs, including handwoven baskets which she often fabricated from grapevine that she had personally harvested. She also baked fabulous pies for the Farmer’s Market, planted & tended countless flower gardens, fruit trees and vegetable gardens, and taught herself to cook extraordinary Italian meals. Along with multiple family events, Don & Renate catered multiple dinner parties over many years, to help raise money for Scotland youth athletics. But their most important dinner was served on Christmas Eve.


Christmas Eve was always the most anticipated dinner of the year for the Savino family. The entire extended Savino family, which grew exponentially over the past four decades, eagerly awaited Renate’s made-from-scratch ravioli and sauce, with home-made sausage, antipasto, and prime rib. Every year, she and Linda made enough Italian Christmas cookies and candies to share a loaded gift box with every member of their extended family. She even held weekly cooking classes for her grandchildren. The Savino matriarch was extremely proud of her family and reveled in the fact that they had all established the core values and generosity that she so graciously modeled.


The grieving family would like to offer their sincere gratitude for the compassionate care of the wonderful Hospice nurses, especially Sharon and Lori. Also, a special thank-you to the volunteers of the Scotland Fire Department for their quick response & continuous kindness.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scotland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 48, Scotland, CT. 06264.

The family will welcome friends and relatives in a celebratory remembrance at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic, on Friday July 8, 2022 from 5-7pm. The burial will be private.  

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