Edward Williams, Jr.

Edward H. Williams, Jr., 71, a lifelong resident of Stamford passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Stamford on April 6, 1951 to the late Edward H. Williams, Sr. and Margaret Bowler Williams.
Edward was a graduate of SHS, Class of 1969 and was active with the Golden Gloves during the 1960’s as well as an avid Gymnast at Rogers School and Stamford High School during his younger years. He was employed at Metro North as a yard supervisor until his retirement.
Edward is survived by his daughters, Kristen Williams and Emily Williams, his brothers, Peter F. Williams and JoAnn Lowman of Stamford, Mark J. Williams and his wife Barbara of FL and his sister, Mary M. Buzzetto of Stamford. Also surviving is his grandson Reese and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, Edward was also predeceased by two brothers, Michael and Richard Williams and a nephew, Michael Buzzetto.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 4:00 PM. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:30 AM.
The family requests that donations be made in Edward’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Ernest Mammone,Sr.

Ernest L. Mammone Sr., passed away peacefully on September 29, 2022. He was born on November 8, 1933 in Stamford to the late Antonio D. Mammone of Stamford (Calabria, Italy) and Mary Teresa Guidio Mammone.

Ernie is survived by his children, Ernest L. Mammone Jr.,(Marguerite), James Mammone ,Theresa Gruner (Roy, which he treated like his own son) and Michelle Mammone. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Craig & Amy Mammone, Meghan Mammone, Ryan and Amanda Mammone, Kim Mammone, Melissa Gruner, Anthony Gruner, Dana and Marc Ogera, Jade Mammone (Dave), Kristen Turner, Carissa Mammone, great grandchildren, Roy Gruner III, Jayson Gruner, Phyliss Gruner, Monroe Gruner, Emma Ogera, RJ Mammone, Andrew, Angelo and Anna Mammone as well as his sister, Josephine YoYo Moretti.

Ernie was predeceased by his wife of 63 years (1956 to 2019), Anna B. Hearn Mammone of Stamford and previously from Owenington, KY, his son,Tony and his grandson Roy Gruner Jr. who he enjoyed many good times with. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Ralph Ruffalo, John Mammone, sisters, Florence Vitti and Emily Nichols.

Ernie graduated from SHS, Class of 1952, in which he played baseball, basketball and football and also on the boxing teams at Rogers School and SHS. He also played intramural sports for St Mary’s basketball team where he scored 56 points in one game. He also played hardball baseball in the twilight league at Cubeta stadium, later on he played for over 15years for the East Side Cardinal Athletic Club, which he enjoyed playing softball with his friends and teammates where they won many trophies, Ernie was a big NY fan, of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, Mets, Rangers and Giants.

Dad served in with US Army 82nd air borne division 1956 to 1958 and also was with the Army reserves from 1958 to 1963. Ernie worked for the City of Stamford as a heavy equipment operator and later as the head timekeeper with the payroll division for 43 years. He was a shop steward for the teamsters for over 9 years. Ernie had many friends there and enjoyed working with them, Dad enjoyed having family dinners and barbecues with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening with his father Antonio and his sons and grandsons, passing down the tradition his grandson Roy Jr., really enjoyed this as well as we all did.

Dad enjoyed taking his wife and children and later his grandchildren to Indiana and Kentucky to visit mom’s family where we all enjoyed the hospitality of our mom’s family. Great times!

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ernie’s memory to the American Lung Cancer Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

John Vasone

John Bruce Vasone, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Yale New Haven Hospital. John was born in Stamford, CT, on February 9, 1953, son of the late Albino Joseph Vasone and Ursula Garschke Vasone.
John grew up in Darien, CT in an extremely loving household with his parents and four siblings. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in both baseball and football at Darien High School.
John attended the University of Miami in Florida, where he met one of his best friends, Tom Markham. After his freshman year, he took his talents to the University of New Hampshire, where he finished his college career as a member of the UNH Wildcats football team. He was also a brother of the TKE fraternity, Alpha Nu chapter, where he was affectionately known as “The Friendly One”, and forged many strong bonds with his brothers that he still held dearly throughout his life.
After college, John joined the beauty business where he created a long career for himself in Sales & Marketing across companies, ultimately retiring from Conair Corporation. He traveled significantly during his career, both domestically and internationally.
In 1986, he was married to Susan Farrell, in Westport, CT. They went on to raise two wonderful children, Tori and Nick. He was a devoted father and loved dearly by both of his children.
In 2016, he met Laura Boretsky and married her in Newport, RI in 2019 and they had a beautiful life together over the past several years along with Laura’s four children.
John valued quality time around the dining table. He greatly enjoyed sharing culinary experiences with those he held dear. In addition to his family and friends, his loved ones included many pets throughout his life, whom he named with very creative canine monikers. John was a big guy, with a bigger personality, and the biggest heart. He had a tremendous spirit about him and will be deeply missed.
John is survived by his devoted wife Laura Bilcheck Boretsky of Shelton; his daughter Victoria Rose Vasone of Wallingford; his son John Nicholas Vasone and his wife Rachel of Fairfield. His stepchildren Kaitlynn Carlin and her husband Sean of South Carolina; Andrew Boretsky of Shelton; Julia Boretsky and her partner Shane Severe of Maryland; and Megan Boretsky of Shelton. His beloved granddaughters, Charlotte Rose Russell and Ella Lillian Carlin. His Aunt Rose DeVito of Darien. His siblings, Daniel Vasone of Florida; Heidi Vasone of North Carolina; Karl Vasone and his wife Cheryl of North Carolina; Susan Vasone of Florida. His furry companions AJ “Curly Whiskers”, Max “Sugar Smacks Max” and D’Arcy “Louisiana Puppy Paws” (sorry Lexi). John is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews in the US, Germany and Italy.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT on Monday, October 3, 2022, from 3PM to 7PM.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.Cognetta.com
Donations can be made in memory of John Vasone to the University of New Hampshire, www.unh.edu/give

Carmela Abbazia

Carmela “Milly” Angelina Abbazia, 97, of Shelton and a former resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 29, 2022. She was born on August 5, 1925 to the late Patsy and Frances Merlino Cristofolo.
Carmela was a graduate of Stamford High School, Class of 1943. She worked for Sears for over 32 years, Carmela was also a member of the Women’s Club of Stamford, St. Gabriel’s Senior Group, National Council of Senior Citizens, as well as St. Mary’s Rosary Society and served as a volunteer at St. Camillus Nursing Home. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and baking.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Angel Pia of Wilmington, NC, three great granddaughters, Frances, Jessica and Liliana Pia, as well as her sister, Jennie Clark and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Carmela was predeceased by her longtime partner Nicholas Ciaccia, her two daughters, Gerrilynn Abbazia and Frances Estes, her sisters, Rose Perrillo, Palmina Zaremski, Antoinette Palmieri, as well as a granddaughter, Glory Lynn Estes and son in law, Peter Pia.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford at 9:30 AM, Monday, October 3, 2022 for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Mausoleum, Norwalk. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 2:00-5:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford, CT 06902
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

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Christine Poulos

Christine (Tina) Poulos passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on September 25, 2022. She was born on April 18, 1928 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts to Demetra and Constantine Mirageas. Her father passed away while Christine was young and she and her brother were raised by her mother and stepfather, John Athanas.
After graduating from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, she worked as a medical secretary. Christine was a volunteer catechist at the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Boston where she met and fell in love with a young seminary student, George Poulos, and later married him in 1948 before he was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest. The couple became close with the priest of the Boston Cathedral, who later became Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America, and the three went on to share a lifelong friendship and dedication to the Church.
Fr. George and Christine spent eight happy years in Norwich, their first parish. In 1956, Father George was assigned to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels in Stamford, Connecticut, and Christine played an integral role as Presbytera and an active member of the Philoptochos Society, contributing to the development and growth of the community.
Christine was a dedicated wife, devoted mother, and extraordinary homemaker. She was truly a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining her family and guests. Christine always shared her love of Greek culture, was an expert in Greek traditions and especially enjoyed family birthday celebrations. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased earlier in February 2022 by her husband of over 74 years, Rev. George Poulos, and her brother George Mirageas.
Christine is survived by her loving children, Peter Poulos and his wife, Argery, of Stamford; Dean Poulos and his wife, Dorie, of Stamford; John Poulos of Liverpool, New York; Michael Poulos and his wife, Pamela, of Stamford; and Paul Poulos and his wife, Georgia, of Stamford. She is also survived by her six cherished grandchildren, Cristina (husband Benjamin), Mary (husband John), George (fiancée Jenna), Dean (wife Potoula), Matthew, Peter, and her great grandchild, Peter Benjamin, sister-in-law Patricia Mirageas of Boston, many nephews and cousins.
The Poulos family would like to thank Father Harry Pappas and Father Evan Evangelidis for their caring support and prayers.
Public visitation will be held at Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06905 on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 5:00 PM. to 8:00 PM, with a Trisagion Service to be held at 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Church on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM. A funeral procession will follow the service to Woodland Cemetery, 66 Woodland Place, Stamford, CT and a Makaria catered luncheon, in memory of Christine, will follow the interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christine’s memory to the Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, the Father George Poulos Ionian Village Scholarship Fund (c/o Archangels Church), or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905.

Mary Ehmke

John Winter, III

John Dawson Winter, III, (Johnny Winter),70, Rock ‘n’ Roll legend passed away peacefully on July 16, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland, while on tour. By the request of his family, all funeral services and Interment were held privately.

John Russo

John Salvatore Russo, 71, of Stamford passed on peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Stamford Hospital on Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was born in Schenectady, NY on February 4, 1945 to the late Joseph J. Russo, Sr. and Jennie E. Baltuskonis Russo.

John served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1967. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and received several medals during his service including The Good Conduct Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge. “Once a Marine always a Marine.”

John was the Property Manager at Heyman Properties and longtime employee of Graphic Color Plate Inc., both in Stamford, Connecticut

John is survived by his loving wife Pastor Carol M. Viesto Russo of Stamford, his loving children Heidi E. Russo-Roberts of TX, Christian T. Russo of Stamford, Leah A. Palmer- Quinn and her husband Michael of Stamford, Suzanne L. Russo-Vidal and her husband Victor of NJ, grandchildren Tyler Roberts, Austin Roberts, Maxwell Roberts, Alexandria Russo, the twins Brendan and Liam Quinn. John is also survived a brother Ronald Russo and his wife Michele of FL, two sisters Kathy Northrup of FL and Connie Lucifora and her husband Louis of Stamford. Also surviving is his dearest niece Allison Russo Rinehart and her husband Stephen of TX and their children, Ariel, Kennedy and Rylee Rinehart. John is survived by his loving father-in-law Anthony (Tony) Viesto and many other dear nieces and nephews, in addition to his very best friends Leroy Williams, Phil Senete, Ernie Baker and his loving canine companion Mabel Grace.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brother and best friend Joseph J. Russo, Jr.
and his son in law Darren Roberts and also his mother in law Annette Tamburri Viesto.

“A Celebration of Life,” in which all are invited and encouraged to attend and honor John’s life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Avenue Stamford, CT 06902. A place where John shared many fond memories with family, friends, and acquaintances.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Russo family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to CT Veterans Health Care Hospital, West haven Campus, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516

To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Jerimiah LaMotta

Jerimiah Michael LaMotta, a lifelong resident of Stamford and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the Villa of Stamford with his family by his side. Jerimiah was born on October 3, 1932 and was one of four children born to the late Charles and Angelina (Fiore) LaMotta.
Jerry was well loved by all who met him. He was a hard working man who served in the National Guard and who worked 40 years at Pitney Bowes and then 17 years at First County Bank. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan as well as a Yankee baseball fan. His love of baseball led to a 40 year stint as a coach and manager of the Stamford American Little League, however, nothing was more important than his friends and family. In the words of his granddaughter, “God is playing baseball with a legend today.”
Jerimiah is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Sandra J. LaMotta (Robinson); his children, Deborah “Debbie” Dudley and her husband Jim, Jerry “Butch” LaMotta (Debbie) and Mike LaMotta and his wife Sue; his grandchildren, Melissa Dudley (Jim), Christina Dolor, Sean Dudley (Samantha), Haley LaMotta, Zack LaMotta, Brett LaMotta, Alyssa LaMotta, Emily Perez LaMotta (John), Janelle (Russo) and Sarah (Charbonneau); five great-grandchildren, McKenna, Bryson, Kaya, Tyler and Kilieen; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.
A wake will be held at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902 on Monday, September 12th from 4PM to 8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leo R.C. Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902 on Tuesday, September 13th at 10AM. Interment will be private.
Donations may be made in memory of Jerimiah LaMotta to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate
To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.cognetta.com.