Tracy Kane

Tracy A. Kane, of Stamford, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Westchester Medical Center. She was born in Stamford on September 27, 1966 to the late George and Marie (Macri) Veit. Tracy was 55 years old at the time of her passing.
Tracy was born and raised in Stamford. She was employed by the Stamford Public Schools as a Special Education Para educator. She loved her job. She loved the children she helped and the people she worked with. Tracy’s greatest pleasure, however, was spending time with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife and mother who completely dedicated her heart and soul to the well-being of her family. Nothing meant more to her in life than caring for her daughters and husband. Tracy will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Tracy is survived by her beloved husband, Bob Kane, her daughters, Shannon, Kristen and Lauren, her Mother-In-Law, Ann Kane, sisters, Lisa Lockwood and husband Rick, Denise Faugno and husband Ralph, brother-in-law, Kevin Kane (Mary), sisters-in-law, Karen O’Neill (Richard) and Sue Boccuzzi (George), uncles, Michael Macri (Adeline) and Dominick Macri, aunts, Kathryne Colatrella and Arlene Alves (Anthony) and many nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Friends and family may offer their sympathy at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 14th at 11am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1170 Shippan Avenue, in Stamford. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations in Tracy’s memory may be made to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation by visiting https://give.bafound.org/
To leave online condolences you may visit the family guestbook hosted on cognetta.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/NicholasFCognettaFuneralHomeCrematory

Lucille Tomczyk

Lucille Tomczyk, 85, of Stamford passed away with her family by her side on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Stamford on July 31, 1936 to the late Joseph and Mary Condito Loglisci.
Lucille is survived by her loving children, Joseph P. Tomczyk, Jr. of Stamford, Debbie Pandone and her husband John of Stamford, Mary-Jo Amato of Darien and Mark Tomczyk of Stamford, as well as her grandchildren, Nichole Reyes, Anthony and Tori Pandone, Jeffrey Amato, Jr. and Michael Amato and three great grandchildren. Also surviving is her canine companion “Autumn.”
Besides her parents, Lucille was also predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Joseph P. Tomczyk, Sr. in 2007 and her siblings, Pasquale “ G.I.” Loglisci, Joseph Loglisci, Nicholas “Bones”Loglisci and Marie Interlandi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Bridget’s of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Church, Darien.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Gerard Sangermano, Sr.

Gerard Sangermano, Sr., 81, of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 5, 2021 at his home. He was born in Rose Cosenza, Italy to the late Giuseppe and Angelina Cufone Sangermano.

Gerard was the hardworking owner of Pools by Gerard; as well as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his family until his last breath. He will be remembered for his love for hot peppers, dunking plain sticks into regular coffee at Dunkin Donuts, sitting on the front porch, eating ice cream on the couch, and winning gas money at the Minturnese Social Club. He will forever be the legend in our hearts, “clockwise.”

Gerard is survived by his loving children, Angelina “Angel” Sangermano of New Milford, Gerad “Jerry” Sangermano, Jr. and his wife Polly Anna of Bethel, his grandchildren, Jacqueline, Rocco, and Vincenzo “Vinny” Chiappetta, Gerard III and Christina Sangermano. He is also survived by his siblings, Antonio Sangermano, Rita Contadino, step brother Francesco Sangermano; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Gerard was also predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline “Cacciotti” Sangermano, sisters, Luisa Docimo, Rosina Castiglione, Viola Maria Filato, and Carmela Russo.

Family and friends are invited to the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 PM with a remembrance to be held at 7:00 PM. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gerard’s memory to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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

Andrew Charkales

Andrew George Charkales, 82, passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on October 3, 2021 surrounded by his family, and with his wife and children by his side. Andy was born on February 2, 1939 in Skoura, a small village in Therapnes in Laconia, just south of Sparta, Greece. After WWII, he and his family fled Greece together aboard the SS Independence. Andy and his family arrived in America’s in July 1951 and from there settled in Stamford, CT. Andy graduated from J.M. Wright Technical School as a tool and die maker and retired from DRS Technologies in his seventies.

Andy was devoted to his Greek heritage, his family and especially his grandchildren. Besides being a loving and fierce example of a Spartan warrior for his family and everyone, even strangers, he could also be described as a great story teller, comedian, teddy bear, #1 protector, rock, and simply the kindest man anyone has ever met. He would never say no and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was the first person to lend a helping hand and everyone’s go-to guy to fix absolutely anything.

If you were lucky enough to have seen his bright smile or heard his beautiful laugh, you would know just how much love Andy had in his heart. It is the same love his beautiful wife, family, and friends will carry with them forever.

Andy is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Jenny (Prattas) Charkales; daughter, Kelly Floreno and her husband Joseph; his son, George Andrew Charkales and his wife Lisa; grandchildren, Julia Rende Charkales and Andrew George Charkales; his sisters, Theresa Charkales and Stella Charkales Rich and her husband Joseph; and nieces and nephews, Kelly Ciraldi, Peter Nowlin and his wife Donna, Paula Palmer and her husband Bryan, Michael Nowlin and his wife Terri, and Elizabeth Wynne and her husband Kris; and grand nieces and nephews. Andy is predeceased by his parents George and Calliope (Mentavlos) Charkales and his brother Peter Charkales.

A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM for a funeral service to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Stamford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 4:00-8:00PM with a Trisagion to be celebrated at 6:30PM.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with Andrew’s final arrangements. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit cognetta.com or on facebook.com/NicholasFCognettaFuneralHomeCrematory.

Iris Iaccarino

Iris Iaccarino, ne Iris Violeta Arocho Ortega, of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at St. Camillus of Stamford. She was 93 years old.
Iris was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on September 13, 1928 to the late Ramon Arocho and Flor Ortega , and grew up in Puerto Rico. She came to live in Brooklyn NY when she was 18 y/o (1947), where she would meet and marry Richard Iaccarino, who passed in 2006.
Iris was a loving, wise, mother devoted to her children, and also a role model of a purpose-driven career. She distinguished herself in her career as a union representative in the ILGWU, breaking through the wall excluding women in management, in 1977 becoming along with one other woman, the first women in management in the ILGWU, at Local 91 in NYC.
Circa 1980, Iris was awarded the Borinquen Woman of The Year Award, in recognition of all the Latina women and their families she had helped.
The legacy of her social justice work is reflected in that all three of her children created careers that are sourced in the aspiration to uplift the quality of life of those whose lives they touch.
In 2016, Iris moved to Connecticut to live with her daughter Sandra. She made a second home of The Riverhouse Adult Day Center, where she enjoyed the company of friends and staff, and a spiritual community of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stamford.
Iris is survived by 2 daughters, Iris Zvi, and Sandra Eagle, a son Riccardo Iaccarino and his wife Diane, 6 grandchildren, Teegan Gonzalez, Zachary Eagle and his partner Nicole Orsini, Asher Eagle, Dominique Iaccarino, Keith Iaccarino, Nicolas Iaccarino and his partner Jillian Blumstein, and a great grandson, Jack Nicolas Iaccarino.
Family and friends are invited to the Celebration of Iris’s Life, to be held at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 12:00- 3:00 PM. And to gather at Iris’s home afterwards, sharing food and stories and hugs. Zoom link available for those living far away or who otherwise would like to attend remotely.
Donations in her name can be made to The Riverhouse Adult Day Center https://www.theriverhouse.org, or The Unitarian Universalist Congregation https://uustamford.org/donate.
Interment will be held on Tuesday, Oct 12, at St. Charles cemetery, Farmingdale NY. For details, the zoom link, or questions sandra@sandraeagle.com

Debra Pace

Debra “Debbie” Ann Pace, 66, of Lakewood Ranch, FL, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family on September 24th, 2021. Debra was born in Stamford, CT on June 25, 1955 and was predeceased by her parents, Ralph J. and Marcella J. Vagnone.
A Stamford High School graduate, Debbie spent the majority of her life residing in Connecticut until relocating to Lakewood Ranch 7 years ago. She devoted 29 years at Coldwell Banker culminating as the Marketing Director for the state of Florida. Debbie possessed a fine attention to detail in everything she did including her career, her meticulously decorated home and fashionable sense of style. Her love of all thing’s country – music, dancing, stars, cowboy boots & hats – were prominent throughout her life.
Debbie was a confidant to many, friends to countless individuals, loved by everyone and will be sorely missed by all.
Debbie is survived by her son Robert Pettit (Alyson) of Lakewood Ranch, FL, her daughter Alexa O’Rourke-Oliveri (Peter) of Redding, CT, her sister Elaine Vagnone of New Canaan, CT and her brother Anthony Vagnone (Emma) of Memphis, TN. She is also survived by the lights of her life, her three loving grandchildren; Jake & Brielle Pettit and Sage Oliveri, as well as two nephews. Debbie had a special relationship with her long-time loving companion, Rich McClure.
Family and friends are encouraged to share their memories and pay their respects on Saturday October 23, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 2748 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT for a Celebration of Deb’s Life. There will be no calling hours and interment will be private.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations to be made in Deb’s memory to Sarcoma Foundation of America – https://www.curesarcoma.org/
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

Peter Paspalis

Peter M. Paspalis, 86, of Stamford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, September 27, 2021. He was born in Stamford on October 9, 1934, to the late Michael A. and Jennie Pantelas Paspalis.
Peter Michael Paspalis was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and cousin. He is survived by his loving wife Joan, daughters Katherine Paspalis and Pamela Paterson, son-in-law Tim, and grandchildren Matthew, Megan, Olivia, and Lucy, as well as his sister Despina Giffes and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was raised in Stamford, CT with his five older siblings, four of whom predeceased him. He was a veteran of the US Army. As a life-long resident of Stamford, Pete was a local business owner and active community member – as a founder of the Glenbrook Community Center, past President of AHEPA and member of the Church of the Archangels. He was a partner in the Casolo, Friedman, Paspalis Insurance Company for decades, making friends of his customers along the way, and, after he retired, he enjoyed the State Street Debating Society, and wintering in Naples, Florida, among other activities. A consummate people-person, Pete was both an easy conversationalist and a thoughtful listener. Peter left us on September 27th, and no words can express how deeply he is missed by his family and friends. May his memory be eternal.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10:30 AM for a funeral service to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Stamford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 PM with a Trisagion to be celebrated at 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Peter’s memory to the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905, or to Disabled American Veterans, VA Regional Office, ATT: DAV, PO Box 310909, Newington, CT 06131-0909.
The family would like to thank the loving staff at Brighton Gardens of Stamford.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Leanna Gallup

Prayer Service To Begin @ 11:00AM on Wednesday December 13th, 2017 at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT

Alberta Meceli

Alberta “Bert” DeLeo Meceli, 80, of Stamford passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Cape Coral, Florida surrounded by her loving family after a 15year battle from cancer.

She was born in Stamford, on December 2, 1938 to the late Albert J. DeLeo and Leonora Montagnino DeLeo.

Bert graduated from SHS, Class of 1956, and went on to work as a Payroll Accounts Manager for Adley Express, McFadden Express, Hewitt Robbins, Condec Corp, Massotti & Massotti and Cortec Group before retiring. She had a passion for travel, skiing, motorcycles, and most of all, her family. She cherished being with her nieces and nephews and their children. She was also a Knights of Columbus Columbiette and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Benedict’s Church.

She is survived by her two brothers, Albert “Abby” (Rosalie) DeLeo, Salvatore “Tore” (Lori) DeLeo, two sisters, Regina “Reggie” (Joe) Cianciola, Denise “Dee” (Funzy) Colacicco and her beloved nieces and nephews and her beloved great nieces and nephews, who will miss her deeply.

Besides her parents, Bert is also predeceased by her sister, Leonora Ferro and spouse, Anthony Chic Ferro and her niece Jayne Ferro Macuirzynski.

A special Thank You to Dr. Steve Lo and Dr. Nina Imandar who took special care of her during her 15year battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Bridget’s of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Patricia Gamble

Patricia (Pat) Anrita Gamble, age 77, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019, surrounded by her children after a near decade-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Pat was pre-deceased by her husband of over 40 years, Thomas Joseph Gamble.
A native of the Lynbrook, Long Island, NY, Pat was a lovely Irish lass, whose beauty, both inside and out, caught Tom’s eye early on. Married in 1964 and initially a war-bride (Vietnam), as Tom’s career as a commercial pilot took off, Tom and Pat settled in Bow, NH, to raise their family of four. Pat’s faith in God and her love of family and friends drew everyone she met instantly into her circle. A nurturer by nature, Pat was drawn to work at Bishop Brady High School for many years, where her ability to see the good in everyone made her a pseudo-mother to all she encountered and created enduring relationships. As a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in Concord, NH, Pat was a light to those who had the good fortune to know and love her. Upon Tom’s retirement, the pair settled on the coast of Maine, where family and friends, including their six grandchildren, would gather, leaving all with unforgettable memories of humor and love to cherish.
Those who knew her will remember Pat for her grace, faith, lighthearted sense of humor, love of life and family, her perseverance during Tom’s illness, and her gentle, thoughtful spirit. If you knew Pat, you felt loved and cherished for your own unique gifts, unconditionally.
Pat leaves her sister Nancy Clark of Kennebunk, ME and four children, Thomas L Gamble of NY, NY, Terri Perriello of Scarborough ME, Denise Gamble of NY, NY, Daniel and his wife Heidi (Faretra) Gamble of Stamford, CT, along with six grandchildren, Madison Gamble, Ashley and Luke Perriello, and Emma, Danny & Casey Gamble along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be held at the Church of St. Cecilia in Stamford, Ct, on December 12 at 10:30am. She will be buried privately alongside Tom, at Gates of Heaven, Hawthorne, NY at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, https://www.lbda.org… or to the Church or charity of your choice.