Joseph Pasquino

Joseph Pasquino, 90 , of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. He was born in Dasa, Italy on January 14, 1931 son of the late Michele and Stella D’Agostino Pasquino.
Joseph’s formative years were spent under the specter of the Second World War and the years of deprivation that followed. In 1956 he set his sail for New York as so many others had before him with the prospect of building a new future. He made his way to Stamford, CT with 5 Lira in his pocket and embarked on his quest for the American dream. He began as a housepainter, but in due time learned how to buy and sell real estate. Eventually, he learned to read blueprints, and, armed with only a second-grade education, he convinced a local bank to provide him a construction loan. He completed his first condominium complex in 1967. In the ensuing years, he developed thousands of residential units throughout the State of Connecticut and came to embody the American ideal. Though proud of his heritage, he was always steadfast for his love of his adopted country and the many opportunities it provided him. As he was fond of saying, “Italy gave me life, but America gave me everything.”
He was an active member and served on the boards of many organizations throughout his life including Unico, the Freemasons, the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle and at one time proudly served as the President of Lega Arena Dasa, a benevolent aide society that was near and dear to his heart. Despite his lack of formal education, Joseph maintained a voracious appetite for knowledge throughout his life. He particularly enjoyed studying history, politics and economics. And his legendary passion for Opera led him to many joyous nights inside the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan for decades. His curious nature and sense of adventure also led him to visit nearly every continent.
In the twilight of his life, he adored playing with and doting on his Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren of which there were many.
Joseph is survived by his survived by his loving children, Michael Pasquino and his wife Eva, Stella Mallozzi and her husband Pasquale, Gessie Ceci and her husband Mario, Cathy Smeriglio and her husband Michael and Louis Pasquino, as well as his three sisters Antonia Pasquino of Italy, Maria D. Tripuzzi of Stamford and Palma Ciardulli and her husband Vincenzo of Stamford. His cherished grandchildren, Francesa, Joseph, Jackie, Leo, Samantha, Lexi, Rebecca, Nina and great grandchildren Leah, Raphael “RJ”, Jerry, Joey, Arby, Luca, Mia and Lily.
Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Maddalena Esposito Pasquino and his sister Caterina Curello.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Gladys Valme, Rodeline Vilsaint, Ichemene Veneus and Michelin Ferrier for all their care and compassion with Dad.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford at 9:30AM . Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery, Stamford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joseph’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Robert Schneider

Robert Joseph “Duke” Schneider died on November 27, 2021 at the age of 88. He had been a long-time resident of Stamford CT before residing in Westport CT for the past five years.

He was born in the Bronx, NY on August 7,1933 to S. George and Anna Mandile Schneider.

After graduating from P.S. 34, he attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx until his family moved to Stamford CT where he transferred to and graduated from St. Basil’s Prep in 1950. He was a member of the basketball team. After graduation, he attended Southern Connecticut State University and the Stamford branch at UCONN to pursue a teaching career.

For more than 25 years, he was employed by Consolidated Diesel in Old Greenwich and Waterbury as a contracts administrator. His last 10 years of employment were spent at Circon ACMI in Stamford with weekends at Sterling Farms Golf Course though, proudly, he never played one hole of golf.

The arts, great friendships, and family made life worthwhile. His first music love was jazz, with Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn among his favorites. Tanglewood and Caramoor were his preferred venues for classical music, particularly when Beethoven piano concertos were on the program.

He was never without a copy of The New York Times, The New Yorker, or The New York Review of Books. Murray Kempton was his favorite journalist. Albert Camus’ “The Stranger”, Nathanael West’s “Miss Lonelyhearts”, and Frederick Exley’s “A Fan’s Notes” were his top three works of fiction. Karl Shapiro’s “Poems of a Jew” deserves special mention.

In his younger days, he was active in local Democratic politics, and throughout his life, an unapologetic liberal.

He was known for his left-handed hook shot whether he played at the New Canaan Y, the Stamford Jewish Center, or the Stamford Athletic Club. His love of basketball carried over to UCONN and their women’s basketball program. He rarely missed a game.

In his last years, he would say that the nicest word in the English language was “Dad” and would remind us all to be kind.

Surviving are his daughters, Christine Baskin (Robert) of Madison CT and Pamela Fusaro (Christopher) of Citrus Springs FL, three grandchildren, Ben Fusaro of Santa Monica CA, Allison Fusaro of Citrus Springs FL, and Jake Baskin of Madison CT, three sisters, Judith LaValla of Westport CT, Linda Schneider of Norwich CT, and Susan Schneider of San Diego CA, his brother-in-law, David Vetrane of Stamford, two godchildren, Maura Daly and Geoffrey Bello, both of Stamford, several nephews, nieces and cousins. Robert was predeceased by his son, Robert David.

Burial services and a gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter or to Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

Rosa Pensiero

Rosa Tarzia Pensiero, 72, of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Arena, Italy, in the region of Calabria, on March 24, 1949 to the late Pasquale and Immacolata DePace Tarzia.
Rosa was 18 years old when she and her family immigrated to the United States. She graduated from the National Academy of Hair Dressing school and spent her time working as a hairdresser. She was also a caring homemaker, who enjoyed cooking, sewing and providing for her family. Rosa graciously offered her time and attention to her family and friends as a devoted caregiver.
Rosa is survived by her children; Lisa Pensiero and Raymond Pensiero, both of Stamford, her former husband; Mario Pensiero, of Stamford, stepdaughter; Jeanna Pensiero, of Stamford, and her siblings; Catherine Codato, Frank Tarzia, Joseph Tarzia, Lucy Sorbora, Michael Tarzia and Stella LoPreiato.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 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 follow at St. John R.C. Cemetery in Darien.
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Filippa Salvatore

Filippa Salvatore (Mallozzi), peacefully passed away at her home in Stamford on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was one of five children born to the late Giuseppe and Maria Antonia Mallozzi in Minturno, Italy on December 7, 1928. Filippa was 93 years old at the time of her passing.

Known to many as Immacolata, born the day before the Immaculate Conception, she immigrated with her 3 children from Minturno Italy in 1968 at the age of 39. She worked at Viola Hotels in Gaeta, Italy; in Stamford at Carlton Deb Coats, Manger Electric, Pitney-Bowes and then retired from Stop & Shop in 1999.

Filippa was preceded in death by her husband Antonio Salvatore, and is survived by her loving daughters; Angelamaria Raus and husband Frank and Luigia Coppola and husband Alessandro, her beloved son; Antonio Salvatore, Jr and wife Elvira, her five grandchildren; Alessandra Cataldo and husband Michael, Stefania Coppola and fiancé Jason Faugno, Antonio Salvatore III and wife Rachel, Massimo Salvatore and wife Alexandra and Fabio Salvatore, her five great grandchildren; Luca, Dante, Alessia, Giovanni and Matteo,her sister; Vincenza Perrone, her sister-in-law, Rosa Mallozzi and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents and husband, Filippa was preceded in death by her brothers; Stefano Mallozzi, Vincenzo Mallozzi and Antonio Mallozzi.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2 PM to 6 PM, with a Mass of Christian Burial to take place on Monday, December 13th at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. Mary R.C. Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Padre Pio Foundation of America, Cromwell, CT 06416-2018.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Salvatore family with the funeral arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

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Peter Tournas

The family of Peter M. Tournas is sad to announce his passing on Friday, December 3, 2021, in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Peter was born on December 7, 1966, in Stamford, to Efstathios Tournas and Jeanette Stathopoulos Tournas of Stamford. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.
Peter lit up the room whenever he entered with his smile and heartfelt greeting. He lived life with a passion with a love of family, finance, health and many other things. Striving to acquire knowledge, he was always bettering himself, always searching for a new challenge to conquer. His quests brought him to Brazil, Chile, then back to Stamford. Seeking a new adventure, he recently graduated with his PhD in osteopathic medicine and acupuncture and was set to start a new chapter in his life. He moved to Florida, having just bought a house, and was excited to begin his practice.
Peter always loved a debate and had opinions on many things. He loved the outdoors, his daily walks, and especially playtime with his loving niece, Yianna, who absolutely adored him.
In addition to his loving parents Peter is survived by his beloved brother Constantine Tournas and his wife Despina Tournas, his beloved niece Yianna Tournas, his beloved sister Irene Tournas, and many aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, and countless friends.
Peter’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, December 9th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. A funeral mass will take place at 10:30 at the church. Burial will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery, 124 Rockrimmon Rd., Stamford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, the Tournas family is requesting donations be made in Peter’s memory to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT. 06905
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.

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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.
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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.