Frederick Whelan, Jr.

Frederick J. Whelan, Jr., of Greenwich, Connecticut and Ludlow, Vermont, passed away on November 28, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. Frederick was born to Frederick J. Whelan, Sr., and Margaret Marshall Whelan on November 8, 1937. A lifelong resident of Greenwich, Fred was born at Greenwich Hospital. Fred was educated at St. Catherine’s Grammar School and Fairfield Preparatory School. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he joined the Greenwich law firm of Dougherty & Dougherty. In 1969, he formed a private law firm, Tierney, Anthony & Whelan, later Tierney & Whelan, in Greenwich, where he practiced law for more than forty-five years. In addition, for many years he engaged in a real estate practice, doing business as Fourth Ward Partners.
Fred engaged in a host of civic activities, including as a Member of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the Greenwich Jaycees. He was a recipient of the Jaycee of the Year Award. Fred was also the recipient of several awards, including from the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company; The Boys and Girls Club; and he was named “Irishman of the Year” by the Emerald Society. Fred also coached Little League baseball and football. Fred enjoyed and excelled at racket sports; including badminton, tennis, and paddle tennis. He and his children successfully competed in many badminton tournaments and paddle tennis tournaments over many years. For many years, Fred was an annual participant in the Innis Arden Parent/Child Tennis and Paddle Tennis Tournaments. Fred was a long-time member of Innis Arden, where he also enjoyed golf for over four decades. Like many, Fred found challenges in golf. He said golf can be a long-suffering avocation but every now and then then the thrill of a par; and new playing opportunities at courses in Casa Decampo and Shinnecock Hills, to name a few, kept him coming back. He enjoyed his friends at the Innis Arden roundtable for lunch for years; often telling and retelling old stories and jokes. Fred also enjoyed playing golf at Vineyards Country Club, near his home in Naples, Florida.
For more than 3 decades, Fred enjoyed the time he spent in Vermont, initially skiing and later reading books by the fireplace and enjoying the mountain and lake view from his home. He particularly enjoyed The Hatchery, where he cultivated local friendships as well as the opportunity to socialize with friends from Greenwich, in Vermont as well.
Fred is survived by his children: Catherine Potter McEvoy (Kevin) of Greenwich; Frederick J. Whelan, III (Mary Jo) of Greenwich; Christopher Marshall Whelan (Maria Elena) of Sounderstown, Rhode Island, and Andrew Duncan Whelan (Renwick) of Greenwich. In addition, “Pop” is survived by his grandchildren: Sarah, J, Nita, Chase, Catherine, Miranda and Winona. He is survived by his sister, Marsha Virginia Whelan, of Greenwich. He was pre-deceased by the mother of his children, Sally Johnson Whelan, and is survived by his former wife, Elizabeth Linck, of Green Valley, AZ.
Fred had the privilege of many long time and caring friends, including, Jim, Carolyn, Rick, John, Patricia, and Marie, who were unwavering in their interest in him, even when he could no longer socialize outside his home; stopping by and calling regularly. Fred found creative ways to stay connected to family and friends during Covid. He enjoyed his Sunday drive-by visits; distancing from friends in the car; and beers with his golfing friends from Innis Arden, even when he could no longer partake in drink. Fred was touched when his college roommate, Shane McCarthy, Facetimed him to sing him Happy Birthday, on what would be his last birthday, just a few weeks before he passed.
The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Remi Rosenberg, Cathy Costello, Emanuel Arthur, and Doris Osei-ko Fi, from Visiting Angels, and Marie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Roch Church, 10 St. Roch Avenue, Greenwich. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greenwich. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one’s favorite charity.
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

Philip DeCrescenzo

Philip L. DeCrescenzo, 90, of Stamford CT passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021. He was born September 10, 1931 in Port Chester, NY to the late Anthony and Josephine (Cicchiello) DeCrescenzo. Philip moved to Stamford where he worked as a Stone Mason for many years before his retirement.
He is survived by his daughters, Cindy (Joe) DeCrescenzo, Sandra (Scott Elbert) DeCrescenzo, Susie (Scott) Caporizzo; daughter-in-law Barbara (Bebe) Fiore-DeCrescenzo; his loving grandchildren, Ashley (Craig) Fiore-Dralle, Christopher Elbert, Scott Caporizzo, Tami Caporizzo, Danielle DeCrescenzo; his siblings, Julius & Bobby DeCrescenzo, JoAnne Nardone, Toni Ann Bologna and many nieces and nephews.
Philip was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Deleo) DeCrescenzo and his son Philip DeCrescenzo, Jr.
Funeral services will be private.

Stylianos Kazantzidis

Stylianos “Steve” Kazantzidis, 87, of Stamford, Connecticut passed away November 27, 2021. He died peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife, Theofili Kazantzidis, their children and grandchildren.
Stylianos was born in Russia, on January 1, 1934, to the late Hercules and Eftihia Kazantzidis. He immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1973 with his family. He was employed by Pitney Bowes until his retirement. He was a devoted member of his church and an active member of the PanHellenic Society. His family was his pride and joy. Fishing, casino visits and spending time with his friends were some of his favorite activities.
Stylianos is preceded in death by this brother, Paul Kazantzidis; brother-in-law Thanasis Manthos; and niece, Effe Kazantzidis Aronis.
Stylianos is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Theofili; his devoted children son Konstantinos and wife Maria, daughter Aliki Recanatini and husband Louie, daughter Marina Mlakar and husband Chris; his sisters, Maria Manthos, Georgia Athanasiadis (George), Zoe Konsoulas (Thanasis), Sofia Dinos (Nikos); adored grandchildren Stelios, Filitsa, Alexia, Christopher and Michaela and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, December 1st from 10:00-11:00a.m.. Interment will follow at Woodland, Cemetery, Woodland Place, Stamford.
The family has entrusted The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory with final arrangements.

Michele Crocco

Michele M. Crocco, age 62, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Stamford on March 11, 1959 to the late Michael M. Crocco, Sr. and Esterina Bevacqua Crocco.
Michele attended Stamford public schools and graduated from Mother of God Academy in Stamford and then she graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in 1977. She went on to work as a secretary at Reflectone, Peerless Nuclear Corporation and then to Xerox Corporation until 1984. She then worked for the Grand Union Company as a bookkeeper from 1982 to 2001 then Stop and Shop from 2001-2017. She loved her jobs and met many good friends and customers through her work.
Michele loved to read and loved to cook, but the light of her life was spending time with her family!! She loved her nieces and nephews very much!! She spent as much time with them as possible!!
Michele is survived by her devoted brother, Michael M. Crocco, Jr. and his wife Rita, her nephews, Michael M. Crocco, III and his wife Holly and their son, Michael, Tony Crocco and his wife Marianne and their children, Leo and Marco and Tina Lopez and her husband Lorenzo. Besides her parents, Michele was also predeceased by her great nephew, Lucas Michael Lopez.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, in Stamford. The interment will immediately follow mass at St. John’s R.C. Cemetery, in Darien. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 3:00PM to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michele’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

Philip Fecher

Philip Augustus Fecher, Jr. of Stamford passed away on November 21, 2021 at Greenwich Hospital with his loving family at his side. Born on January 20, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Philip Augustus Fecher, Sr. and Helen Muir Fecher, Philip was a descendent of John Muir, the Naturalist. Philip’s family moved to the countryside of New Bern, NC where he attended schools in NC before being nominated by Senator Sam Ervin to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. At the Academy, he was awarded the Admiral Emory Land medal for excellence in naval architecture and graduated with honors, held a gold star, played intramural softball and was a member of the Pistol Team.
In his community, he was a devoted parishioner of St. Leo the Great, Bible Study member, St. Leo Fair volunteer, founding member of Fairfield County Chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP), was on the Board of Directors of Greenwich Symphony, founding member of CT Maritime Association, Associate Member of Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, past member of Association of Shipbrokers & Agents, received an Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from Kings Point Alumni Association, was a member of Ferrari Club of America and past Cub Scout leader.
After sailing as an Officer on chemical tankers, Phil retired as Senior Vice President, Chartering Manager and Board member for Stolt Tankers & Terminals. He held a USCG Master’s License to sail as Captain for any size ocean ships, was awarded the U.S. Merchant Marine Vietnam service medal and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.
Phil had a collection of classic cars, his favorite being the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE featured in Ferrari magazines. It won many platinum awards, including the highest award, the Certificate of Authenticity.
He is survived by his devoted wife, the love of his life, Maria and blessed with a loving son, Philip A. Fecher III of NJ, two sisters, Therese Yourshaw, Falls Church, VA, Marguerite Herald, Moncks Corner, SC and two nieces, Mary Helen Gregory (Eric), Lorton, VA and Cynthia Yourshaw, Springfield, VA. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Alexick.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Greenwich Hospital for their very compassionate care as well as our personal MDVIP physician Dr. Gail Fennell for her very fine care of Philip.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 4:00PM to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 11:00 AM at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT. Interment will follow at Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Erskine Road, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Philip’s memory to Eternal Word Television Network by visiting EWTN.com or to St. Leo Parish.
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Michael Gentile

Michael F. Gentile, 71, of Stamford passed away on November 18, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. He was born in Stamford on August 25, 1950 to the late Angelo and Teresina Megale Gentile. Michael was predeceased in death by his Sister Antoinette Gentile.

In his early years Michael worked in the printing industry. He later worked as a conveyer and was proud of the various transport trucks he worked on.
He spent his final year living at Cross Road Residences and made many wonderful friends.His family will always remember his contagious laugh and his gentle soul.

Michael is survived by his aunts, uncle and cousins from the Megale, Sette, Giannone, Gentile families and niece, Teraesa Williams.

Family and friends may come to the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 –11:00 AM with a prayer service to be celebrated at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michael’s memory to the
Stamford Police Foundation, 725 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901

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

Salvatore Sciarretta

Salvatore “Sal” Sciarretta, 82, of Stamford, Connecticut and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away November 16, 2021. He died peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Gertrude “Gert” Sciarretta, their children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews.
Sal was born in Minturno, Italy, on December 22, 1938, to the late Vincenza and Giacomo Sciarretta. As one of the youngest of ten siblings, he was no stranger to hard work. Through perseverance, he learned to appreciate the art of stone and masonry at a young age. Shortly after the Second World War, a young Sal handled a small object he thought was a ball but was in fact a grenade. While this resulted in blindness, Sal’s sight was restored six months later. His family took this as a miracle and reflection of his faith in God. With an unyielding determination to improve his position in life, Sal decided to travel to America. Over the course of five decades, his relentless work ethic allowed him to find footing in a new country and achieve the American dream for himself, his family, his friends, and his community.
By day, Sal became an engineer for Clairol Inc., where he met his wife Gertrude. At night he worked in the home building industry. Sal and Gert began their life together, marrying in 1961 and welcoming three children: Salvatore Jr., Theresa, and Peter. At age 32, Sal founded Hemingway Fine Homes, which he and his family grew into an award-winning company that builds illustrious homes in Fairfield, Westchester, and Palm Beach counties. Sal’s notable achievements include being named a 40-time excellence winner by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut (HOBI Awards), a three-time A-List Award finalist, and a one-time Innovation in Design Award finalist (IDA Awards). Most notably in 2021 he was inducted into the Fairfield County Home Builder and Remodelers Association Hall of Fame. What started as a job to support his family turned into careers and a legacy to be continued by generations to come.
Sal’s family was the highlight of his life. Sal and Gert hosted Sunday dinners, preserving Italian traditions and values that reinforced the strong bond the family embraces today. Sal enjoyed weekly “date night” with his wife and loved nothing more than having lunch with “the boys” and watching “Westerns” on the couch with his precious dog, Bella.
Sal is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Gertrude; his devoted children son Salvatore Jr. and wife Robin, daughter Theresa Horn and husband Douglas, and son Peter; adored grandchildren Michael and wife Julia, Chelsea, Matthew, Robert and wife Jessica, Brittany, and Peter; great grandchild Riley; sister Lucy Albano and brother Mario Sciarretta. Sal is predeceased by his siblings Teresa, Anthony, Sebastian, Severino, and Louis.
Sal will be remembered for his wisdom, confidence, generosity, strength, and entrepreneurial spirit.
A visitation for Salvatore is planned for Sunday, November 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., held at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford. All are invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Marcus A. Mayus, MD, Greenwich Medical Associates, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Greenwich Hospital.
People wishing to honor Sal’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to Stamford EMS at www.stamfordems.org and/or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Gloria Cacace

Cacace, Gloria Andrea (Rosa), age 79, of Stamford passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Stamford Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. She was born on February 25, 1942 in Bronx, NY. She was the daughter of the late Nancy and Joseph Rosa.
Gloria loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and baking for everyone. She had a passion for flowers and plants and truly had a green thumb. She loved animals and cared for her daughter Cindy’s dog and bird in Florida anytime they traveled which was often.
She was a loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. Gloria is survived by her daughters, Andrea Coscarelli of Stamford and Cynthia Beach (Charles) of Jupiter, FL. Her siblings, Andrew Rosa (Paula) and Marie Van Alstyne. Her grandchildren, Joseph Coscarelli, Generoso Coscarelli (Chrissi) and Jonathan Coscarelli (Nicole). Her great grandchildren, Caroline, Leonardo, Dexter and Madelyn Coscarelli. She leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a wonderful pet grandmother to Shady, Riley and Sugar Mag.
Gloria’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful physicians, nurses and medical staff that cared for her during her stay in the ICU. The family would also like to recognize with sincere appreciation the wonderful care Gloria received on the 6th floor by all the nursing staff, by Dr. Alfred Bircaj, Doreen Chimblo and Laconia Therio.
Gloria’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be no calling hours. Her family will hold a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2022. Gloria’s favorite time of the year was Spring, when the flowers were blooming and the weather was nice. Gloria had an immeasurable love for animals and their welfare.
If anyone would like to make a donation in Gloria’s honor, please donate to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, PO Box 15555, Mbagathi, Nairobi 00503, Kenya or online at www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with Kevin’s final arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence for his family please visit www.cognetta.com.

Athena Karagiannis

Gloria Cacace