Clara Frias

On Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Stamford, CT our beloved Clara Irene Frias, affectionately known as Guela Can, was called home to the Lord. Clara was an Angel to all. With her amazing cooking and big heart, she always felt like home. Born in the Dominican Republic, Clara was the eldest of ten children. She worked in a famous Factory, where her career succeeded. Above all, she was a caregiver, nurturer, confidant, and maternal figure to many. Her presence was always felt, you could sense the energy of love, when she walked into a room. With a smile on her face, she always told the best stories. Clara is survived by two children, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one sibling.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 9 am to 11 am at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home. Located at 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. Burial to follow at the St. John Cemetery in Darien, CT. The Repass will be held in Stamford, CT.

El domingo 15 de mayo de 2022 en Stamford, CT nuestra querida Clara Irene Frías, cariñosamente conocida como Guela Can, fue llamada a casa con el Señor. Clara era un ángel para todos. Con su increíble comida y su gran corazón, siempre se sentía unos como en casa. Nacida en la República Dominicana, Clara era la mayor de diez hijos. Trabajó en una Fábrica , donde triunfó su carrera. Por encima de todo, fue una cuidadora, nutridora, confidente y figura maternal para muchos. Su presencia siempre se sentía, se podía percibir la energía del amor, cuando entraba en una habitación. Con una sonrisa en la cara, siempre contaba las mejores historias. A Clara le sobreviven dos hijos, nueve nietos, dieciséis bisnietos y una hermana.

Se invita a la familia y a los amigos a una reunión de celebración de la vida el viernes 20 de mayo de 2022 de 9 a 11 de la mañana en la Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home. Ubicada en 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. El entierro seguirá en el Cementerio de St. John en Darien, CT. Repass en Stamford, CT.

Arthur Lavery

Arthur P. Lavery, “Scottie” 88, of Stamford passed away at home peacefully in his sleep on May 13, 2022. He was born in Cleland, Scotland on October 31, 1933 to the late Charles and Annie McFarlane Lavery.
Arthur completed one year of college studying Art. He emigrated to the US in 1951-1952. He then enlisted in the US Marine Corp, where he worked on jet engines. He played starting center forward for the US Marine Corp International Soccer Team. He married Josephine Pennella (Tina), the love of his life in 1956, then formed a 50 year partnership with Ralph in Lavery & Bucci Painting Co. Arthur was a meticulous skilled Artisan.
Arthur was multi-talented and had a wonderful singing voice and had performed in musicals, such as Anything Goes, among others. Art and Tina loved to dance, play pool, gamble and gather with friends. He attended the Scottish games annually and family vacations. In later years, Art enjoyed finding tag sale treasures, spending weekends reading the NY Times and walking on the beach.
Arthur is survived by his loving children, Arthur Patrick Lavery, Jr. and Debbie of Greenwich, Cynthia Lavery-Valenti and her husband Bill of Stamford, and Jonathan Lavery and his wife Tracy of Stamford, as well as his grandchildren, Samantha Valenti, Jake Lavery and Matthew Valenti, along with many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Arthur was also predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Josephine (Tina) (Pennella) Lavery in 2018 and three sisters and five brothers.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Bridget’s of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Arthur’s memory to World Central Kitchen wck.org/donations
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Patricia Palkimas

Patricia Ann (Patti) Palkimas, 77, a dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, went home to be with the Lord on Friday May 6th 2022, with her loving family by her side. Daughter of Pat and Sue Mollo, Patricia was a lifelong resident of Stamford.

She was a graduate of Stamford Catholic high School and earned her BFA from the New York school of Interior Design. Art, theatre, and opera were her passions and she touched all with her style and grace.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years Peter Palkimas, daughter Lori Ann Smith, granddaughter Lilah Smith, and stepson Julius Smith, as well as her brother Robert Mollo and wife Beth, brother-in-law Michael Palkimas and wife Judy, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Pat and Sue Mollo of Stamford, and her son-in-law Jeffrey Smith.

A mass of Christian burial for Patricia will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 10:30 am at the Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT. The interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford. There will no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s name can be made to The Franciscan Bread For the Poor at www.stfrancisbreadline.org or to Doctors Without Borders at www.donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.

To leave messages of condolence for Patricia’s family please visit Cognetta.com.

Amelia Hanzlik

Amelia “Mimi” Sessa Hanzlik, a lifelong resident of Stamford, CT. passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on May 7, 2022. She was born in Stamford, CT. on December 16, 1932 to the late Nicholas Rocco and Nettie Lucia Sessa.
Mimi was always first and foremost known for her abundant Love and Protection of Family and Friends. Always willing to help someone in need or distress. Being that person that you can go and talk to about what troubles you and usually being able to come up with a suggestion or the solution that you would need to solve your problem. She had a smile that would light up a room the second she walked in with personality, elegance, and grace. Coming from a Classical musical background Mimi enjoyed the Arts. Being a founding member of the State Opera Assoc. and Pink Tent Festival of Arts, she would work countless hours striving to make the Classics stand out in front and not become a fading Art. The best way to describe Mimi was “Class Personified”. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Mimi is survived by her loving sons, Nicholas F. Hanzlik, Sr. and his wife Sandi, Stanley J. Hanzlik, Jr., and his wife Kim, as well as her grandchildren, Nicholas F. Hanzlik, Jr. and his wife Melissa, Brendan Hanzlik, Monica Ortiz, Shawn Hanzlik, Lisette Ortiz, Kevin Hanzlik, Kristi Ortiz and her husband Elvin and Trisha Rodriguez and her husband Luis. Also surviving are her great grandchildren, Logan Rodriguez, and Siena and Stella Hanzlik, her brother, Dr. Frank A. Sessa and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 18, 2022, at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue Stamford, CT. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien, CT. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Amelia’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

Donald Zezima

Donald R. Zezima, 72, of South Salem, NY and a former resident of Stamford passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 9, 2022. He was born in Stamford on February 4, 1950 to the late Joseph and Frances Egan Zezima.
Donald was employed at Pitney Bowes for 35 years, prior to his retirement in 2005. He was an avid golfer, softball player and paddle tennis player. He loved his wife and family and the time he spent with them and also his friends on vacations at Vero Beach and Waters Edge. He enjoyed the lunches at the Knights with the boys. Go Jets and Mets!
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Terri Lynn Frangione Zezima, of South Salem, NY, his mother in law, Sylvia Frangione of Norwalk, his nephew, Peter Zezima and family of Stratford and his sister in law, Connie Zezima of Stamford. Also surviving are several sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as many cousins.
Besides his parents, Donald was also predeceased by his brother, Joseph Zezima, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will be private. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Donald’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Gregory Cogliano

Gregory P. Cogliano, 74, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was born in Boston, MA on September 21, 1947 to the late Frank C. and Grace Sullivan Cogliano.
Gregory grew up in Canton, MA, graduated from Canton High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston, with joint majors in Chemistry and Math. After working as a Chemical Engineer at W. R. Grace in Cambridge, MA, he founded The Polygon Corporation in 1972, a manufacturer of petroleum wax products and emulsions. Many candle-makers in New England were supplied by Polygon. In 1980, Greg and Betsy moved to Bedford, MA, where they raised their two sons. Greg was an avid downhill and cross-country skier, enjoyed cycling and participated in many MS rides. He was very proud of the many fruit trees in his backyard, and for many years had a large vegetable garden. Greg liked working with wood and installed heart pine floors and birch and purpleheart ceilings in the Bedford home. In 2019, Greg and Betsy moved to Stamford, CT to be nearer family as they learned to live with Greg’s dementia.
Gregory is survived by his wife, Betsy Farr Cogliano of Stamford, his sons, Jonathan F. Cogliano and his wife, Katherine Tait of Glastonbury, CT and Frank J. Cogliano and his wife, Megan Pavia of Stamford, as well as his sister, Elaine Russell and her husband Miles of Lincoln, MA and brothers, Franklin Cogliano and his spouse, Ronald Richter of NYC, James Cogliano of Acton, MA and Matthew Cogliano and his wife, Laura McFadden of Somerville, MA. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Carmela, Vincent, and Colette Cogliano, five nephews, and a niece.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. There will be no calling hours and Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gregory’s memory to a charity of your choice or to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
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

Wanda Dunn

Wanda J. Dunn, 89, of Darien passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born in Itmann, W. Virginia on June 15, 1932 to the late Florio and Giustina Maria Vecellio Pais.
Wanda grew up in the mountains of W. Virginia with her four siblings. After high school, she obtained a degree in secretarial studies. A highlight of her early years was a solo trip on the Andrea Doria to visit family in Italy. Wanda later moved to Richmond, VA, where she worked as an executive secretary. Upon marriage, she relocated to the Northeast, became a mother, and settled in Darien. Wanda eventually resumed secretarial work, first at Scott Associates and finally at Pierson Law Firm. Throughout her later years, Wanda was an avid YMCA member and Italian student.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Dunn, her children, Juliette Dunn and Matthew Dunn, and her grandchildren, Cedric Petion and Justin Petion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 28 at 11:30 am at St. John RC Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours.
The family requests that donations be made in Wanda’s memory to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County or Wheel It Forward.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the funeral arrangements.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Brandi Nicole Williams Lorusso

Brandi Nicole Williams Lorusso, 45, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was born in Torrance, CA on April 20, 1977 to Jimmy Williams and Sharon Williams.
Brandi was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend, Joseph, and together they built an incredible life. A loving mom to her precious son Kirk, she lived a life full of travel, adventure and reveled in new experiences. She was also an avid dog lover. Her multitude of friends and tight family bonds were indicative of her caring and loyal disposition. She loved and was loved by so many and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Brandi is survived by her loving husband, Joseph C. Lorusso, son, Kirk Cameron Johnston II, mother, Sharon Willams-Piggott , stepfather, Ernesto Lorenzo Piggott, sister, Kellie Williams, in-laws, Michael and Lorraine Lorusso, and a host of relatives and friends.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 1:00-5:00 PM, with a funeral service to be celebrated at 4:30 PM. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Vittorio Capocci

Vittorio C. Capocci, 85, of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Autumn Lake of Norwalk. He was born in Settefrati, Italy on November 4, 1936 to the late Quintilio and Amelia Ciotti Capocci.
Vittorio emigrated to the United States from from Italy on the Julius Caesar into Ellis Island in 1956. He settled in Stamford and raised his family. He enjoyed bowling and playing bocce at Scalzi Park and played for the American National Soccer team in the 1970’s. Sunday dinners with his family and friends and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, was very important to him. Vittorio will be remembered as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
Vittorio is survived by his devoted wife, Maria Farina Capocci of Stamford, his loving children, Claudia Carbonara of Norwalk, Leo Capocci and his wife Gina of Stamford, his sister, Edda Capocci of Stamford and his sister in law , Maria Lia Capocci , of Norwalk. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Ciara Carbonara, Kristin Kirk, Chris Carbonara, Michele Fabre, Nicole Capocci and two great grandchildren, Madisyn Hwang and Sebastian Fabre, as well as his niece and nephew, Amy and Frank Capocci.
Besides his parents, Vittorio was also predeceased by his son in law, Lou Carbonara and his brother, Frank Capocci.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 8:30-10:00 AM, following a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 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 Vittorio’s memory to a charity of own’s choice.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Daniel Caruso

Daniel Louis Caruso, 90, a lifetime resident of Stamford and recently of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2022.
Daniel was born on January 19, 1932 in Norwalk, CT, son of the late Anthony and Carolyn (Katy) Palarino Caruso. He attended Norwalk schools, was drafted into the US Armed Forces and served during the Korean War. Daniel held a variety of jobs after returning to Norwalk, and eventually attended Hairdressing School. He married his wife, Josephine Gambino Caruso, on December 9, 1968. During the 1970’s he and his wife owned a salon in Stamford called “La Boutique – Salon of Beauty” on Shippan Avenue. Dan later accepted a position with the City of Stamford in the Department of Public Works as a Buyer, where he remained until his retirement in 1991.
Dan is survived by his wife, Josephine “Jo” (Gambino) Caruso, and their daughter, Debra (Romaniello) Bova and her husband, Taylor, of Stratford. Daniel is also survived by his cherished grandson, Philip Joseph “PJ” Bova and his wife, Meghan; his beloved granddaughter, Samantha (Bova) Guere, Esq. and her husband, Ryan; and his treasured grandson, William David Bova and his wife, Ashliann. Daniel’s grandchildren were the light of his life and the focus of his final decades. He never missed an opportunity to be a part of their lives and rarely, if ever, missed one of their school, sport or life events! He was always ready to show off a photo of his grandchildren to any and all, and he was often seen wearing their photo proudly on a sweatshirt! Daniel was a persistent mentor to each grandchild and made sure to convey his lessons for a successful life with regularity. Not a day went by where he did not call each of his grandchildren to see that they were okay and to ask if there was anything they needed!
Dan is also survived by nieces, Rose (Gambino) Colangelo of Stamford and her husband, Lenny; Michele (Gambino) McEwen of North Carolina and her husband, Gary and Joey (Gambino) Smith of Norwalk and her husband, Chris.
Daniel is predeceased by a brother, Anthony Caruso, and a brother-in-law, Philip J. Gambino.
There will be no calling hours at the family’s request. However, a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Maurice Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford on Monday, May 2nd at 11:00 AM. The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, though Daniel loved them, the family asks that you make a donation in Daniel’s name to the animal charity of your choice as Daniel loved animals. Two top recommendations are: www.bestfriends.org or www.aspca.org.
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