Paul Risher

Paul David Risher, 86, passed away on December 26, 2021 of COVID-19.  Paul was born in Huntington, West Virginia on October 21, 1935 to Paul and Katherine (Estep) Risher.  He studied Mechanical Engineering at Duke University and graduated in 1957.
His career path took him to many companies including McKinsey & Co. and cities including Dallas where he met the love of his life, Patricia Munro Risher.  Their first date was at a Dallas Cowboys game in 1962, which led to their marriage in New York City in 1965. They settled in Stamford, CT where they raised their family and lived until she died in 2014. 

Early in their marriage he discovered sailing and thus began his lifelong passion.  He said buying a boat “changed his life” and over the years, all of his loved ones spent time on the water with him. He raced his Ensign on Long Island Sound and served as the navigator on Wenden in various races including the Bermuda Race.  In addition to spending time on his boat, Country Road, he loved cheering for the Duke Blue Devils, the Boston Red Sox, and all of his grandchildrens’ sports teams.  

Through the years, he spent time giving back to organizations that he cared about. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Antigua Yacht Club.  He served as the President of the Duke University Alumni Association, Commodore of the Ensign Class, Commodore of the Greenwich Cove Racing Association and he cherished his time as Commodore of Indian Harbor Yacht Club (2013-2014).  
  
His greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his daughters Nancy Ward (Bill) of Wilton, CT and Cameron of Lincoln, NE and grandchildren Mackenzie, Jackson, and Parker Ward.

Friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, Friday, January 7, 2022 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. He will be buried in a private ceremony in Long Ridge Union Cemetery.

The family respectfully asks that attendees be vaccinated and wear masks.  Guests will be asked to sit in a socially distant manner.

A live video stream will be available at the link below. It will appear as a scheduled service.  https://events.locallive.tv/worship/fishchurch

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mystic Seaport Museum – Community Sailing Program.  Checks should be payable to Mystic Seaport Museum and mailed to Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355.  Please put “IMO Paul Risher” in the memo line.
 
You may also give on-line at https://checkout.mysticseaport.org/all/donate  Please write Paul Risher in the “tribute box”.

Periklis Kounavelis

Periklis Kounavelis, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 25, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. He was born on March 15, 1937 in Skoura, Sparta, Greece, and was one of six children born to the late Nikitas and Constantina (Thomakos) Kounavelis. Periklis was 84 years old at the time of his passing.

Periklis met and married his childhood sweetheart Katero in Skoura in 1961. Periklis and Katero started their life in Greece and raised their two sons, Nikitas and Peter, there. In 1966, they moved to Schenectday, NY to be near Periklis’ family who had previously immigrated to the US. In 1967, Periklis and his family moved to Stamford, CT where he began working as a factory laborer at FIG. After 10 years, Periklis started working at Pepperidge Farms as a baker eventually retiring after 18 years of service.

Periklis is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Katherine Kounavelis (Vouthounis); his son and daughter-in-law Nikitas and Pauline Kounavelis; grandson Periklis James “PJ”; a brother-in-law Zoi Vouthounis and his wife Georgia, a sister-in-law Rena Counavelis, and several beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Periklis was predeceased by his son Peter Kounavelis in 2004; his siblings Petros Kounavelis, Maria Contompasis, Konstantinos Kounavelis, John Counavelis and Frederica Chakas; brother-in-law Konstantinos Vouthounis; and sister-in-law Chrisoula Vouthounis.

Family and friends may call at the Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905 on Thursday morning, December 30th from 10 AM – 11 AM, with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 AM. The interment will immediately follow at Woodland Cemetery in Stamford.

Donations in Periklis name are encouraged and may be made to Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905.

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

Rosemarie Colello

Rosemarie A. Colello, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Long Ridge of Stamford. A lifelong resident of Stamford, she was born on January 14, 1932 and was one of two children born to the late Albert and Ficetta (Napolitano) Nuro. Rosemarie was 89 years old at the time of her passing.
She worked for Omega Engineering of Stamford throughout the 1980’s before her retirement.
Rosemarie is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Jack Colello; her daughter and son-in-law Lori and Mickey Conklin; granddaughters Melissa Townsend and husband James and Candace Conklin; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her son Jack A. Colello, Jr. and her brother Joseph Nuro.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday morning, December 29, 2021 from 9 AM – 10:15 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford at 11:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow at St. John R.C. Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rosemarie’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

Mary Flowers

Mary Louise Flowers, 92, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at The Villa of Stamford. She was born in New York City on April 13,1929 to the late John A. and Margaret Flaherty Flowers.
Mary Lou was a member and Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a Knights of Columbus, Columbiettes, a past president of the Stamford Catholic Library, a Leader and life member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, an active member of St. Maurice RC Church and a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
She is survived by her cousins, MaryBeth Bernardo of Jacksonville, FL and Kathleen Chase of Milford, CT, as well as numerous other cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Maurice RC Church,358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary Lou’s memory to the American Parkinson Disease Association of CT, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Flowers family with the arrangements.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Ireen Rivera

Ireen Rivera of Stamford, CT, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends on December 18, 2021. She was in her 93rd year.
If you are going to feel bad – don’t. Ireen wouldn’t have it. She’d say, Smile!
Ireen was born in Bellevue Hospital Manhattan New York City in 1928 and later moved to the Bronx where she grew up, attended Teddy Roosevelt High School, met her husband, got married and raised a family. Afterward she lived in Westchester County New York and settled close to her family in Stamford Connecticut.
She worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 25 years as Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. Ireen held fond memories of that time and maintained lasting friendships till the end.
Returning to college, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Ireen loved family, music, weekend drives in the country, enjoyed illustrating in pencil and painted in oil. Always in good spirits she was happy, smiling and singing until just days before.
A part of history, she was in Times Square for VJ-Day and was one of the bobbysoxers at Frank Sinatra’s famous Paramount Theater Concert in New York, she was a lifetime fan.
A devoted Mom and Grandmother – she handled each family calamity with the ease of her next cup of coffee which she always drank ‘black’ and never let anyone down.
Always ready for a good time – conversation with her daughter and granddaughters nearly always led to fits of contagious and uncontrollable laughter.
A little bit of fun – She hosted and cooked for full-house family parties with live music every weekend for years. She loved to dance the jitterbug and always stayed up late on New Year’s Eve. She smoked a celebration cigar with her grandson when he graduated and went on the Cyclone Roller Coaster in Coney Island at 90.
Ireen was married for forty-eight years had two children and three grandchildren.
Predeceased by her loving husband Carlos, parents Anthony and Tessie Suarez (Dominguez) and her sister Jean Pezza.
Ireen is survived by her devoted daughter Sandra Bardsley, Sandra’s husband Phil and Ireen’s loving son Charles Rivera. She was the beloved grandmother of Phillip Jr., Caitlin, Tessa and her bonus granddaughter Heather Dragonetti; beloved aunt to nephew Joe Pezza and great-aunt to Joseph Pezza.
Although our words will fall short and cannot fully express our sentiment, Ireen’s family warmly expresses deep appreciation, heartfelt thankfulness and love to all of her friends at Edgehill who consistently went above and beyond with love, good humor, care and concern – you will remain in our prayers.
A private Celebration of Life service will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ireen’s memory to The One Company Fund, Benchmark Senior Living, 201 Jones Road, Ste. 300 West, Waltham, MA 02451.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.
Believe in yourself – I believe in you. ~ Ireen

Rosemary Wiltshire

Rosemary Jane (Tumminello) Wiltshire, 83, a longtime resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Rosemary was born on September 23, 1938, in Stamford, CT, daughter of the late John V. and Carolyn M. Tumminello.
Rosemary graduated Stamford High School, Class of 1957 and later attended Parsons School of Design. Rosemary enjoyed her job as a designer in New York. She married John Wiltshire and moved to England for several years. Upon returning to the United States, Rosemary became an Executive Secretary for the F.D. Rich Company until her retirement.
Rosemary is survived by her brothers, Dr. Vincent J. Tumminello of Fairfield, CT and John, and his wife Kathleen, Tumminello of Boston, MA. Also surviving her is a niece, 4 nephews, a grandniece, and 3 grand nephews.
Funeral services and Interment will be held privately.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, rememberance donations be made in Rosemary’s memory to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, 461 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906 www.foodbanklfc.org.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.Cognetta.com

Joseph DeCarlo

Joseph Anthony DeCarlo, Sr., passed away peacefully on Monday, December 20th, 2021, at the age of 96. Joseph was born January 5th, 1925, to the late Joseph and Victoria “Ethel” DeCarlo, he was one of eight children. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife Theresa Valente DeCarlo, his brothers James, Frank, and Nicholas DeCarlo, Felix Altamuro and sisters Catherine Marabella and Mary Koenig.

He is survived by his three children, Jodi Papp and her husband Andrew Papp Jr., Dyan DeCarlo, and Joseph DeCarlo Jr. and his wife Jennifer DeCarlo, and his brother Tony Altamuro. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Michele DeCarlo, Justin Jordan, Joseph DeCarlo III, Mary DeCarlo, and Kayleigh DeCarlo.

Joe retired from both Sterling Drug and Norelco. After retirement he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing cards with friends. He was an avid Yankees fan and a long-standing member of the Piedmont Club in Darien.

Friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. A prayer service will be performed at 11 AM at the funeral home. A burial will follow at St John’s Cemetery in Darien, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joseph’s name to the Disabled American Veterans or Darien EMS Post 53.

Vittoria Russo

Vittoria Russo, 79, of South Salem, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 10, 2021, at Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT. She was born in Bivongi, Providence of Reggio Calabria, Italy on October 23, 1942, daughter of the late Nicola and Agostina Calabrese Drago.
Vittoria was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed caring and entertaining for her family and friends, especially through her passion for cooking and baking. Vittoria worked for Excelsior Hardware of Stamford, for over 30 years, having retired in the 1980’s.
Vittoria is survived by her loving children, Joe Russo and his significant other Julie of Stamford, Frank Russo and his wife Lisa of Shelton, as well as her siblings, Theresa Mazzola of Vermont, Dominick Drago of Wilton and JoAnn DiPreta of Stamford, and her cherished grandchildren, Franki, Michael, A.J., Angelina, and Joie Russo.
Besides her parents, Vittoria was also predeceased by her beloved husband Antonio Russo in 2008.
Due to the ongoing concerns of Covid 19, funeral services for Vittoria will be announced and held at a later date.
The family requests that donations be made in Vittoria’s memory to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

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Marisa Cannata

Marisa Cannata, 56, of Stamford, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 11, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 16, 1965, to the late Angelo Cannata and to her loving mother, Assunta Scaramuzzo Cannata.
Marisa moved to the United States with her family in 1973, at the age of 7 years old, and resided in Stamford, CT until her passing. She attended the Stamford Public Schools and graduated from Stamford high School in 1984. She spoke 3 languages; English, Portuguese, and Italian.
Marisa was a devoted and loving aunt to each of her nieces and nephews, whom she loved more than life itself. Her favorite pass time with them was playing board games and cards, especially the Italian cards. She also loved to entertain others with her love of 80’s music.
Marisa is survived by her devoted mother, Assunta Canneta; her sisters, Maria Teresa Cannata Russo of Italy and husband Natale, Carla Cannata Gelonesi of Stamford and her husband Anthony; her loving nieces and nephews, Daniella Russo Labriola, Vincenzo Russo, Alessandro Russo, nephew and Godson Nicholas A. Gelonesi and niece Stefania T. Gelonesi; great-niece and nephews, Joshua, Martina and Luca.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021 from 10 AM – 11 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Maurice R.C. Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford at 11:30 AM. Interment will immediately follow at St. John R.C. Cemetery in Darien.
The family kindly request the use of masks.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association or the Lustgarten Foundation.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com