James Devaney, Jr.

James (Skip) H. Devaney, Jr. a lifetime resident of Stamford, CT passed on March 10, 2022, peacefully at home. James was born December 20, 1942 in Stamford, CT. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret & James Devaney, Sr. and his brother-in-law Gary Peterson.
He worked in sales while employed by O’Brien Lithography in Bridgeport, CT for over 30 years. James (Skip) was an avid boater who enjoyed spending his summers out on his boat with his wife and friends. He also loved traveling and spending time with his family.
James is survived by JoAnne Devaney his wife of 60 years, daughter Yvette Scaturchio and her husband Frank of Stamford, CT; his son, Rick Devaney and his wife Karen from Alexandria, Virginia; three grandchildren, Nicole Scaturchio, Chris Devaney and Matt Devaney. Two Sisters Jackie Peterson from Kent, Connecticut and Michelle Skowron and her husband Steve from Charlton, MA and many nieces and nephews.
All funeral services will be held privately.

John Russo

John Salvatore Russo, 71, of Stamford passed on peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Stamford Hospital on Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was born in Schenectady, NY on February 4, 1945 to the late Joseph J. Russo, Sr. and Jennie E. Baltuskonis Russo.

John served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1967. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and received several medals during his service including The Good Conduct Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge. “Once a Marine always a Marine.”

John was the Property Manager at Heyman Properties and longtime employee of Graphic Color Plate Inc., both in Stamford, Connecticut

John is survived by his loving wife Pastor Carol M. Viesto Russo of Stamford, his loving children Heidi E. Russo-Roberts of TX, Christian T. Russo of Stamford, Leah A. Palmer- Quinn and her husband Michael of Stamford, Suzanne L. Russo-Vidal and her husband Victor of NJ, grandchildren Tyler Roberts, Austin Roberts, Maxwell Roberts, Alexandria Russo, the twins Brendan and Liam Quinn. John is also survived a brother Ronald Russo and his wife Michele of FL, two sisters Kathy Northrup of FL and Connie Lucifora and her husband Louis of Stamford. Also surviving is his dearest niece Allison Russo Rinehart and her husband Stephen of TX and their children, Ariel, Kennedy and Rylee Rinehart. John is survived by his loving father-in-law Anthony (Tony) Viesto and many other dear nieces and nephews, in addition to his very best friends Leroy Williams, Phil Senete, Ernie Baker and his loving canine companion Mabel Grace.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brother and best friend Joseph J. Russo, Jr.
and his son in law Darren Roberts and also his mother in law Annette Tamburri Viesto.

“A Celebration of Life,” in which all are invited and encouraged to attend and honor John’s life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Avenue Stamford, CT 06902. A place where John shared many fond memories with family, friends, and acquaintances.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Russo family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to CT Veterans Health Care Hospital, West haven Campus, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516

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

Josephine Pikero

Josephine P. Pikero, 92, a former resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Bradley Creek Health Center in Wilmington, NC. She was born in Port Chester, New York on July 11, 1929 to the late John and Lillian Carriero Palmeri.
She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Carmine Pikero of Stamford, her sister Marguerite Langellotti and brother John Palmeri.
Josephine is survived by her loving children, Susan Zezima (Jerry), Kevin Pikero (Lynn), Cecile LaRusso, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Josephine worked for William Pitt Real Estate for 30 years as Mr. Pitt’s personal assistant. She was a long time member of St. Leo’s Seniors group and an active member of the Women’s Club of Stamford. She also volunteered at the Stamford Hospital for 15 years.
Funeral services and Interment were held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the Pikero family requests that donations be made in Josephine’s memory to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare, 1414 Positions Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401 (lifecare.org)
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the funeral arrangements.
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James Devaney

Frank Fiore, Jr.

Frank T. Fiore, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at Stamford Hospital after a long illness. He was born on December 13, 1952 in Stamford to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Pierne) Fiore.

Frank grew up on Connecticut Avenue and graduated from Rippowam High School. His career included working for Electrolux and Leslie Pools, but his real passion was music, and being a band promoter. He proudly enjoyed sharing stories of his concerts, bands, and rock stars he met through the years.

He is survived by his sisters, Donna Fauci (Steve), Jo-Ann Fiore, Linda Fiore and Bebe (Phil) DeCrescenzo. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephew, Colleen Sharkey, Jason Sharkey (Diana), Ashley Fiore Dralle (Craig), Danielle DeCrescenzo, Hunter Sharkey, Sadi Mantel Sharkey, Courtney Sharkey and Annabella Sharkey.

Frank’s family would like to thank the team at Cassena Care of Stamford, especially Frankie’s “girls” who were so kind to him. A special thank you to the surgeons, physicians, nurses, aides and other employees at Stamford Hospital who, not only took such great care of Frankie, but of our family, as well.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, March 11,2022 from 5:00-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM. Interment will be held privately at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Frank’s memory to benefit the citizens of Ukraine through Americares or to Super Paws Rescue, Inc, Southport, CT

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Michael McKinzie

Michael Eugene McKinzie, 63, passed away peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2016. He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 10, 1953 to the late Eugene and Mary Ellen O’Donnell McKinzie.
He was a graduate of Wilton High School, Class of 1971, was in the United States Air Force with honorable discharge, as well as attended Mechanic School in PA. Michael had an early passion and talent for photography, respected and enjoyed nature, was an avid hunter and fisher and believed in his second Amendment. He was a proud Boys Scout Leader for fifteen years with his son and Archery Instructor. He was employed as high security for former President Gerald Ford and President George Bush, Sr. Michael was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather and worked diligently to provide for his family.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of over thirty eight years Anita L. Tarzia McKinzie of Hamden, a loving daughter Ashley L. Donovan and her husband Paul of Hamden, a loving son Michael Al-Dominick McKinzie and his significant other Abby L. Ecker of Hamden, a grandson Andrew Michael Donovan and sister Catherine Ann McKinzie of FL and a brother Paul John McKinzie of MO. He was devoted to making his family feel secure, cared for and loved.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Leo’s Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Cemetery, 25 Camp Avenue, Darien. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Michael’s memory be made to PheasantsForever.org/Donations.aspx
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Mary Malizia

Mary A. Malizia, a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and longtime resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 27, 2022 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Stamford on December 10, 1935 and was one of three children born to the late George and Elena (Simochko) Butkovsky. Mary was 86 years old at the time of her passing.
Mary’s love first and foremost, were her grandchildren. She loved to bake, take long walks, and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, bowling, line dancing, and traveling. In addition to being a full-time mother, she spent many years working in the retail field.
Mary is survived by her loving children; Michael Malizia and wife Donna of North Carolina, Lisa Pampena and husband Anthony of Stamford, CT, Brian Malizia and wife Wendy of North Carolina, and Donald Malizia and wife Carolyn of CT; her eight grandchildren, Christopher, Angela, Laura, Anthony, Christian, Vincent, Rebekah and Seth; and her great grandchildren Christopher, DJ and Aubreigh. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald Malizia, in 2009, and her siblings George Budd and Barbara Caruso.
A mass of Christian burial will be held for Mary at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 5th at St. Mary R.C. Church, 566 Elm Street, in Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Mausoleum in Darien and will be held privately. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at https://act.alz.org/donate.
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.

William Polotaye

William (Bill) F. Polotaye, Sr., 90, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born in Stamford on September 1, 1931 and was one of four children born to the late Paul and Katherine Loretta Flanigan Polotaye.

Bill graduated from Stamford High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952. He often told stories of traveling the world and was incredibly proud to serve our country. He lived a long life of service and touched many lives as a member of the Stamford Police Forcefor 36 years. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and always enjoyed spirited conversations with his friends and family.

Bill loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his son William Polotaye, Jr.,daughter Maureen Mullins and husband Bryan, grandchildren Erin Gelormino and husband Mike,Casey Pessy and husband Joe, Bryan Mullins, Jamie Mullins, William Polotaye III and wife Ashleigh, and Stephen Polotaye, as well as hisgreat-grandchildren Charlie, Ryan, Grace, and Addison. Bill is also survived by his sister-in-law Bridget Ormond, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill is predeceased by his loving wife Shelia Polotaye, daughter Shelia Polotaye, and siblings Paul Polotaye, Richard P. Polotaye and Jackie Polotaye.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Bill on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1170 Shippan Avenue, Stamford at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or www.t2t.org/donate.

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.

Preston Hall

Preston C. Hall, 76, a lifelong resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at The Villa at Stamford. He was born on December 28, 1945 to the late Walter and Florence Keogh Hall.
Preston was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Stamford for many years.
He is survived by his friends Rose Palmieri of NJ and Anthony M. DeVito III of Darien, as well as his cousins, Paul and Preston Jones.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Woodland Cemetery, Woodland Place, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Preston’s memory to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street, Stamford, CT 06901
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

Joan Palmer

Joan C. Palmer, 85, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Stamford Hospital. She was born on November 5, 1936 in Westport, CT to the late Arthur Rodia, Sr. and Carmela LoRusso Rodia.
Joan graduated from Norwalk High School where she was an avid basketball player and even earned a sterling silver basketball. It was through friends where she met her late husband Patrick Palmer and settled in Stamford and raised their family. Aside from being a bookeeper she also waitressed at her brother in law’s restaurant Savona’s and later on at Sabia’s Open Door.
Joan was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and great friend to all who knew her. She took great joy in cooking and baking and she loved spending time with her family. Family,and anybody who knew Joan knew her door was always open to all. She will be greatly missed.
Joan is survived by her loving daughters, Tami Spells and her husband Michael of TX, Patricia Palmer of Shelton. Jamie Porter, Alison Palmer and Christa Lockwood, all of Stamford, Kasey Binion of VA as well as a stepson, Robert Palmer of Stamford and nine grandchildren, Michael Pellegrino, Megan and Kayley Palmer, Chelsea Ramos, Nikita Segura-Gomez, Kylie Lockwood and Dayana Gordon, with two of whom she raised, Heather Palmer of Stamford and David Palmer of Derby, and nine great grandchildren also surviving.
Besides her parents, Joan was also predeceased by her husband, Patrick Palmer, a stepson, Gerald Palmer, a stepdaughter, Carol DeLuca and five siblings, Ralph, Frank, Dennis and Arthur Rodia, Jr. and Carmel Rodia Galazin.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 AM with a prayer service to be followed at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, the Palmer family requests that donations be made in Joan’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38185
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