Debra A. Handy

December 21, 1952 ~ March 29, 2022 (age 69)


Debra ‘Debbie’ Handy, age 69, formerly of Orange passed away peacefully with her family by her side Tuesday March 29, 2022 in North Branford. She was born December 21, 1952 in New Haven, Connecticut to the late Vincent and Nathalie Taragowski.

She was a graduate of Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL. Prior to her retirement, she was an Office Manager for Taylor & Francis and was credited as an editor for one of their many educational publications.  She loved reading and anything to do with Animal Rescue and Service Dogs.  Her favorite song was Hallelujah which her granddaughter would sing to her to soothe her ills. She was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.

She is predeceased as a beloved niece to Joel Grillo and Ann Drury Grillo, whom she both cared and loved for tremendously. She is survived by her son Jonathan Handy and wife Charlene Wray, sister Vanessa Taragowski and husband Robert Bartoszewicz, grandchildren Dana Wray, Denise Wray, and Laycee White, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.  

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday April 3, 2022 from 5pm – 7pm at the Keenan Funeral Home 238 Elm St West Haven, CT.  The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Masonicare of Wallingford and Yale New Haven Hospital.  

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to Out to Pasture in Newington or Masonicare of Wallingford.

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Memorial Service
April 3, 2022

5:00 PM
Keenan Funeral Home
238 Elm Street
West Haven, CT 06516


West Haven Animal Shelter
7 Collis Street, West Haven CT 06516
Tel: 1-203-937-3642

22 Masonic Avenue, Wallingford CT 06492
Tel: 1-203-679-5900

Masonicare Home Health & Hospice
97 Barnes Road, Suite 4, Wallingford CT 06492
Tel: 1-203-332-0033

Animal Haven
89 Mill Road, North Haven CT

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