Irene Susan Cognetta, 99, a lifelong Stamford resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Born on January 23, 1924 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Maria Giordano Angelastro.
Irene was best known for her 18 years spent as a waitress at the Lemon Tree Restaurant on Summer Street in Stamford. Her volunteerism includes St. Camillus Health Care Center since 1993, The Homeless Shelter since 2002, Covenant House since 2005, and Americares since 2006. Irene enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. She never missed a grandchild’s baseball or soccer game, Jazz or Ballet dance recital, and never missing her grandson’s gigs playing the drums for Summer Lost.
Noni, as Irene was referred to by her grandchildren, cooked and prepared College Care Packages for her grandchildren, which were enjoyed by them and their friends at school, also sending her traditional Christmas cookies and traditional Easter bread to her son Pasquale and her West Coast families.
Irene is survived by her son Ronald R. Cognetta and his wife Angel of Stamford, her daughter-in law Marci Scott-Cognetta of Seattle, Washington, her sister Lucy Monteleone of Stamford, her sisters-in-law Maryann Cognetta-Santora of Stamford and Mona Cognetta of Florida her grandchildren, Marisa Cognetta of Seattle, Washington, Adam Michael Cognetta of Stamford, Alexa Leigh Rae Cognetta of Stamford, and Madison Cognetta, as well as her great-grandchildren, Tajsa and Jamir, Aminah and Victoriah and several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to her parents, Irene was predeceased by her loving husband Rafael (Jeff) Cognetta, her son Pasquale J. Cognetta, her brothers, Jerry, Frank, Vinnie and Sam Angelastro; and her sister, Theresa Lombardo and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
A Funeral Procession will leave the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Clement of Rome RC Church, 535 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902, with her dear friend Father Carlos Rodrigues officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, June 5, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Irene’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.