Edward V. Moavero Jr, 81, Passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital Sunday, September 24, 2023 withhis family by his side. Born in Stamford on February 2, 1942, to the late Edward V. Moavero Sr and Jenny Rekose Moavero. Ed spent 60 beautiful years married to his loving wife Joanne.
His real joy in life was spending time with family, attending sporting events of both his children and grandchildren, but most of all enjoyed cooking, always looking forward to his Italian Sunday Lunch. By trade, Ed was a mason, later retiring with the BAC Local 1 CT as a Business Agent where he passionately advocated for his members. His heart was bigger than life and always went the extra mile to help anyone in need. Ed loved to garden, work around the house and thoroughly enjoyed sitting by the pool watching everyone swim.
Ed is survived by his devoted wife, Joanne B. Conners Moavero, his loving children, Edward Moavero (Hayal), Tracy Rogalski (Wayne) and Dawn Moavero. Along with his cherished grandchildren, Matthew and Amanda Rogalski, Christina Salios (Travis), Jason and Ayse Moavero.
Ed was predeceased by his loving son Marc Moavero and his adored German Sheppard’s Jake and Mac.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 9:30-10:30 AM, following a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, 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
Marianna Pauline Amato, 91, of Ridgefield, and a former resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2023.
She was born in Stamford on April 28, 1932 to the late Joseph and Theresa (Umile) Ferrero. Marianna was an accomplished dancer on roller skates and graduated from Stamford High School in 1950. She also played softball for the Rose Buds and was fondly known as one of their “outstanding players.” Shortly upon her graduation, Marianna was engaged to her high school sweetheart, Louis, and they married in 1951. Marianna attended modeling school at Grace Downs Models, Inc. in New York City and was called for her first assignment when she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter, Nancy. Her second daughter, MaryLou, was born two years later, completing their family of four. She enjoyed living in Stamford surrounded by her extended family before moving to Ridgefield in 1964.
Marianna was a bank teller at Union Trust Bank where she worked for 26 years before retiring in 1994 to become a full time grandmother.
Her real joy in life was spending time with her family especially her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up and she would attend every sporting and school event that she was able. Her grandsons affectionately called her “Mema,” which was her favorite name to answer to. Her grandchildren fondly remember trips with her to Marcus Dairy for milkshakes and banana splits, spending holidays with her and her delicious baking including butterfly cookies, cheesecake, struffoli and her famous stuffed artichokes. She passed on her love of knitting, playing the piano and feeding a crowd to her daughters and grandchildren. She would light up when holding a baby, snuggling a beloved family pet or getting an unexpected visit from a grandchild.
Marianna enjoyed dining out, visiting the casino and playing cards, especially rummy cube. She had a knack for making everyone feel welcome and part of the family. She loved to drink “orangeade,” fry up a zucchini flower, and spoil her grandchildren.
Marianna overcame many obstacles and health challenges in her life and she was an inspiration to the end.
The family would like to express their profound gratitude to Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional and loving care of Marianna over the last few months. They also would like to extend their appreciation to RVNAhealth for their kindness and contribution to her comfort.
Marianna was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband of 28 years Louis Albert Amato and her brother and sister in law, Louis and Marion Ferrero.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Nancy Valine and her husband Rick of Warren, CT, and MaryLou Volpe and her husband Richard of Sturbridge, MA; her grandchildren: Jessica Baker and her husband Christian, David Valine, Christopher Valine and Amanda Volpe; her two great grandchildren, Norah Baker and Jack Baker and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary of Stamford Parish 566 Elm Street Stamford at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 29, 2023. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Darien. There will be no calling hours.
To leave condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.
Michael J. DeLeo, a lifelong resident of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on September 19, 2023, with his family at his side. He was born on April 1, 1968, and is one of three children born to Joseph and Sandra (Chicatell) DeLeo, Jr. Michael was 55 years old at the time of his passing.
Mickey loved his family and friends. His contagious laugh and energy would always bring joy, fun and love for everyone around him. He would always be willing to help anyone at any time. His love of his favorite sports teams (Steelers, Red Sox and Islanders) was bar none and would religiously watch and root for them no matter what. He had a heart bigger than life itself and would give you his shirt off his back. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend and will be missed dearly.
In addition to his parents, Joe and Sandra, Michael is survived by his siblings, JD DeLeo, of Naples, FL and Kelley DeLeo of Stamford; his aunts, Barbara Robinson of Bluffton, SC and Pat Wade and husband Michael of Chester, NJ; nephew and niece, Zakary and Arianna DeLeo of Naples, FL; and many cousins, extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Joseph F. DeLeo, Sr. and Jean (Johnston) DeLeo, Dante and Madeline (Frate) Chicatell; aunt Laurie Jan DeLeo, uncle, Robert DeLeo; and cousin, Ronnie DeLeo.
Friends and family may offer their sympathy to the family on the morning of Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. A mass of Christian burial will immediately follow the hour of visitation at 10:00 AM at St. John Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. The inurnment will follow mass at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting www.StJude.org
To leave online condolences you may visit the family guestbook hosted on www.cognetta.com.
Alexandra “Sandie” DeLeo peacefully returned home to her Lord on September 16th, 2023 with her daughters by her side.
She is predeceased by her parents Paul and Margaret Tirpack, brother Paul Tirpack Jr. and fiancée Tony Olive. She is survived by her children Craig Boutin, Lisa DeLeo, and Tina Carlucci and grandchildren Kaylin & Cody Boutin and Mason Carlucci.
She was a loving, compassionate and generous friend, mother, and grandmother who shared her optimism and encouragement. Wherever Sandie went, she brought love and joy with her.
Sandie was a devout and active Catholic. At St Mary’s Parish she was a member of the Ladies Guild. At St. Benedict’s Parish she was Parish Council & Ladies Guild President, a member of the Entertainment committee and served as a Eucharistic Minister.
At St. Maurice Parish she was active in the Social Activities Committee, Prayer Shawl Ministry, The Liturgy Group, the Choir, Walking with Purpose Bible Study, The Stations of the Cross Ministry and served as a Eucharistic Minister. At St. Bridget’s Parish she was a member of The Ladies Guild and The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy Group.
She had a servant’s heart and volunteered for organizations including The Special Olympics, Kids Our Future tutoring, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Give2TheTroops, the Disabled Veterans and Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.
She was a graduate of Sacred Heart University and the Education for Parish Services. Her career included working as a Purchasing Specialist for Pitney Bowes in Stamford and for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Westport. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.
Sandie excelled at staying true to her God and her family. She deeply loved her family and friends unconditionally and knew exactly how to make you feel appreciated, supported, loved, and inspired whether it was by listening without judgment, giving kind advice, keeping you in her prayers, sharing a delicious meal, giving you the perfect gift, or just being silly together. She was the kind of personal cheerleader everyone needs at some point in their life. She made you believe there was nothing you couldn’t achieve and that you deserved all the rewards.
Her boundless heart, generosity, optimism and commitment to gratitude, selfless service, kindness, and grace lives on as our inspiration. She will live on in every beat of all our hearts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 30th, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. Maurice RC Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT. Calling hours will be for one hour starting at 9:00 AM before the Mass at the Church. Interment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sandie’s memory to St. Maurice RC Church CAPITAL EXPENSE FUND and mailed to: St. Maurice RC Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com
Elaine Virginia Guiliani, 94, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born in New Haven, CT on July 12, 1929, and was the only child of the late Anna (Harris) and John Kiggins.
Elaine, also affectionately known as Dutch, was generous and kindhearted. She loved to welcome family and friends for a home cooked meal. She was a devoted mother to her four children, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She worked for many years as a paraeducator at Stillmeadow Elementary School. She was an avid bowler and a fierce bingo player. Elaine also loved animals and will be dearly missed by her dog Coco.
Elaine was loved and will be missed by her family. She is survived by her children, Anthony Guiliani and Kathleen LaPointe; her grandchildren, Kristin O’Neill and her husband Thomas Hermes and Michael O’Neill and his wife Megan; great grandchildren, Grace and Charlie Hermes, and Deacon and Preston O’Neill; in-laws, Victoria Pensiero and Sam Giuliani; and nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Achilles Guiliani, and her beloved sons, Ricky and Thomas Guiliani.
Friends and family may offer their sympathy to Elaine’s family from 2 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 AM on Monday, September 25 at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. The interment will follow mass at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Elaine’s family would like to especially thank Mary Brennan for her help caring for Elaine with such kindness and compassion. To leave online condolences you may visit the family guestbook hosted on www.cognetta.com
Aurora Cantella, 92, of Riverside, CT passed away on September 6, 2023 at Greenwich Hospital. She was born in Greenwich on December 20, 1930 to the late Joseph and Angelina Ceci.
Funeral services are private.
Marie (Gesullo) DiNapoli, 95, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born in Stamford, CT on December 23, 1927, the youngest of five children of Italian immigrants, the late Maria (Scaperotta) and Michael Gesullo.
Marie was a lifelong Stamford resident. She grew up on Park Street and in later years the family moved to Elm Street. She was a 1946 graduate of Stamford High School and married her high school sweetheart, Alphonse William DiNapoli, in 1948. They raised four children together, built their home on MacGregor Drive in Stamford and enjoyed winters at their Condo in Delray Beach, Florida.
Marie loved both her homes in Connecticut and Florida. She was a homemaker with a flair for decorating who enjoyed spending time with her family, hosting parties and ballroom dancing with her husband Al. She was well known for her sense of fashion and as the woman who always wore a hat.
At the age of 46, Marie entered the workforce. She was employed by General Electric’s Puritan Insurance Company for 8 years, rising to Supervisor. In 1977, Marie and Al purchased the Westport Dairy Queen which they owned for 22 years.
Marie always had a strong passion for Real Estate. In 1986, she inquired about a receptionist job at Juner Properties in Stamford, where she happily worked part-time until well into her late 80’s.
Marie’s family was her universe; she enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the DiNapoli and Gesullo nieces and nephews. She also shared fond memories of holidays past with her husband Al, her siblings, and their spouses; Jack (Lucy), Joe (Josephine), Flo (John), Jennie and her in-laws; Mary and Pat DiNapoli, Margaret (DiNapoli) and Tony Abbazia and Carmella (DiNapoli) and Pete Cantavero, all predeceased.
Marie is loved and will be missed by her family and friends; her children, Rocco DiNapoli (Tina Wignall), Michael DiNapoli Sr. (Diane DiNapoli), Maria Camomilli (Theodore Ogonek) and Alphonse (Billy) DiNapoli Jr. (Tammy Schroeder), grandchildren; Michael, Christopher (Stephanie), Joseph (Jessica), Paul (Wenwen), Stephanie and Jeffrey (Nicole), great-grandchildren, Rocco and Cal, many nieces and nephews and lifelong family friend Frank (Buddy) Gallo.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Alphonse William DiNapoli Sr., in 2010, and her siblings; Joseph Gesullo, Sr., Cresenzo (Jack) Gesullo, Jennie Gesullo Faraynaiz and Raffaella (Flo) Gesullo Bujalos.
A mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 18th at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902. The entombment will follow mass at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
The Family of Marie G. DiNapoli would like to thank Elizabeth Williams from Waveny Home Care of New Canaan and the many healthcare professionals at Edgehill of Stamford for their excellent and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a memorial donation to a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences you may visit the family guestbook hosted on www.cognetta.com.
Vites Conetta, 95, of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 8,
2023. She was born in Stamford on November 11, 1927, and was one of six daughters born to the late
Vito and Mary Sabato Gerardi.
Vites was a social butterfly who knew everyone and could make conversation with anyone. She loved
people and surrounded herself with her sisters, family and friends. Always an active member of her
community, Vites was a crossing guard for Hoyt/Northeast School on High Ridge Road and a familiar
face at the polls. Filled with boundless energy, she spent more than 20 years greeting and chatting
with customers of the F.W. Woolworth’s, keeping up with all the happenings of Stamford from her
post in the cafe.
Dressed to the nines, she and Pete loved to go to dinner with friends and family, always running into
folks they knew around town. An avid bowler herself, Vites was her sons’ and grandchildren’s biggest
sports fan, always on the sidelines watching them play basketball, baseball, softball, and tennis. She
enjoyed the simple things in life – a hot cup of coffee, catching up with a friend while riding the bus,
and a chocolatey dessert at the end of the day. One of the friendliest people you could ever meet,
Vites’ outgoing and vibrant spirit is greatly missed.
Vites is survived by her loving son, Dennis Conetta and his wife, M’Liss, her daughter-in-law, Lynn
Conetta, and her grandchildren, Kevin, Kaitlin, Jen (Tommy), Casey, Chris and Dennis, as well as her
great-grandchildren, Margot and Peter. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Arena of Florida and
many nieces and nephews.
Vites was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Peter S. Conetta. Vites was also predeceased
by her son, Peter M. Conetta, and her sisters, Josephine (Josie) Ippolito, Mildred (Mickey) Ursone,
Donata (Nettie) Messina, and Roslin Gerardi.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Sacred Heart R.C. Church on Wednesday, September 13 at
10:30 AM. Friends and family may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104
Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on the evening of Tuesday, September 12 from 5:00-8:00 PM. The interment
will be held privately.
A special thank you to her “Angels” and caregivers, Monica Rosales and Monica Osei Addo, and to all
those who have cared for her over the years, including the caregivers from VITAS Hospice and Jewish
Family Services of Fairfield County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Vites to the Boys and Girls
Club of Stamford at www.bgcastamford.org/donate or Person to Person at www.p2phelps.org.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com