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  • Joseph Pastiva
    on July 14, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Joseph “Joe” Pastiva, 83, of Stamford, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 14, 2024. He was born on April 30, 1941 in Leechburg, PA to the late Joseph and Anna Pastiva. Joe’s sense of adventure and curiosity led him to serve in the Air Force overseas before becoming an engineer in the private sector. His enthusiasm for celebration was contagious and he loved sharing the joy of special occasions in our lives. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hiking with his dog, fishing, and bird and squirrel watching. Joe is survived by his daughters, Laura Pastiva Santos and her husband Hector, Diane Pastiva Kocot and her husband Chris, his son John Pastiva and his wife Karen and his sister Mary Ann Spiering. As well as his beloved grandchildren, Jaime, Avery, Jake, Aiden, Jason, Ryan and Nick and his cherished cousin and friend, Cathy Bertasso along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Joe is predeceased by his adored wife Joan. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A mass will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 10:30am at Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Joe’s memory to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 12055 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11424 or online at To leave online condolences, please visit

  • George Perkins
    on July 11, 2024 at 4:00 am

    George Armstead Perkins, 88, of New Canaan, Connecticut and Harpswell, Maine, passed away peacefully at home on July 11, 2024. George was the loving husband of Jane Dragonas Perkins. Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky on December 8, 1935, George was the son of the late Edward and Stella Delphine (Stone) Perkins, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. George graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1954 where he excelled in track and from the University of Tampa in 1959. George, after military service, worked as an executive in retail and merchandising and finished his career in the leadership, development and implementation of point of sales systems. George was a certified election monitor in New Canaan where he assisted in many local and national elections. He treasured his involvement in the New Canaan Men’s Club where he formerly served as President, the New Canaan Wetlands Commission, and in local poetry, theater and creative writing groups. George was an active parishioner at the Church of the Archangels where he chaired the Election Committee, was part of the adult bible study group and Men’s Fellowship. George cherished the time spent with family and friends in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Harpswell, Maine. George is survived by by his brother Thomas Perkins, of Sarasota, Florida; his children, Matthew Perkins and his wife, Amy, of Hanover, Massachusetts, and Christina Cannell, and her husband, Jon, of Asheville, North Carolina; and his grandchildren, John Perkins, of Belfast, Maine, Samuel, Mary Kate, and Thomas Perkins, of Hanover, Massachusetts, and William Cannell, Asheville, North Carolina. George was predeceased by his sister, Doris Stone Perkins Eliot and his sister-in-law Dr. Phylis Dragonas. A visiting hour will be held on Friday, July 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, Connecticut, followed immediately by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to The Church of the Archangels.

  • Walter Casey
    on July 11, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Walter S. Casey of Stamford, a U.S. Navy veteran whose military service was among his proudest accomplishments, died peacefully on July 11 at Stamford Hospital, surrounded by family. He was 93 and had been in declining health. Walter was the last and youngest of four children of Joseph A. and Mary Kelly Casey, Irish immigrants who raised their family on Grigg Street in Greenwich, CT., when the street was a mostly Irish enclave. As a boy, he used to hang around the vaudeville theater on Greenwich Avenue, which later became a movie theater and today is a retail store. There, Walter met such performers as Tallulah Bankhead, Lucille Ball, Ray Bolger, and Bob Hope and collected their autographs. Walter graduated from Greenwich High School in 1950, where he received a certificate of merit for outstanding photography, which became a lifelong hobby. He joined the U.S. Navy as a seaman in 1951, serving at the submarine base in Groton, CT. when the USS Nautilus was launched, and then at the Boston Navy Yard, where he took care of reserve ships for aircraft carriers. Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954, he received a National Defense Service Medal and the veterans’ wartime service medal from the state of Connecticut. Returning to civilian life, Walter worked for 32 years as a custodian at North Street School and four other Greenwich schools. He was an inveterate storyteller and a beloved fixture at family gatherings. He loved to tinker around the house and was an avid newspaper reader, keenly alert to domestic political developments and entertainment gossip. Rarely without a Navy cap and jacket, Walter was involved in and honored by many local military veterans’ and fraternal organizations, including Ancient Order of Hibernians (50 years), Knights of Columbus (fourth degree), Byram Veterans (color guard), American Legion Post 29 and Red Men’s Home Assn. One year, he was grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade. He is survived by his wife, Doris Gostomski Casey; a daughter, Maureen Casey Lucier; a granddaughter, Samantha Lucier; seven nieces and nephews; and several grand nieces and nephews. The viewing will be Friday, July 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT., 06902, with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home or Knights of Columbus, both in Greenwich, CT.

  • John Lodato
    on July 8, 2024 at 4:00 am

    John Lodato, 98 years old, was a child of God of the Most High. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July, 8th, 2024.Born December 1st, 1925 in Smithers, West Virginia. The son of Sicilian immigrants Mario and Angela Lodato. One of ten children. Growing up he recalled working in his father’s shoe shop to help his family prosper during hard and difficult times. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Army. Looking to live a better life, his family moved to Stamford, CT., where he met the love of his life, his wife Margarita for 66 years. They married in 1958 and had a family of five children, Anthony, John, Michael, Christina and Matthew. One of the family’s favorite pastimes was when he would take his whole family summer vacationing on the shores of Cape Cod. He was co owner of United Housewrecking along with his two brothers, Philip, Ross and his brother in law Ray Bowling. He had a keen creative insight for product ideas that made him an entrepreneur of several businesses one of which was Good Directions Inc. still owned and operated by his son Michael. If you knew John you knew Jesus. He was a simple, prayerful man living his life in accordance with the 25th Chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew vs. 31 thru 46. He made an intense retreat weekend with the Holy Spirit called Cursio and was so involved in the organization that he was asked multiple times to be Rector of retreat weekends. He made an annual retreat at Loyola Retreat House each year and received an acknowledgment for 50 years of retreat participations. In 2007 he was the Recipient of the Saint Augustine Medal of Service. As well as in 2012 he was the Recipient as Outstanding Senior Volunteer from United Way of Western Connecticut. Upon retirement he volunteered at New Covenant Center in Stamford for over 26 years as a lead volunteer in the food pantry. In April, 2017 he was honored by The City of Stamford for his recognition of distinct community service with New Covenant Center and received The Founders Award. It was there that he told of a “mystical encounter” he had with Jesus while dismantling the Church of the Transfiguration in Tarrytown, NY for demolition. A self revelation which has been called the Statue with No Arms. John leaves his family and friends with an abundance of love and beautiful memories. John is survived by his devoted wife, Margarita Lodato of Stamford, his loving children, Anthony Lodato and his wife Deborah of Shelton, John Lodato and his wife Debbie of MN, Michael Lodato of Norwalk, Christina Lodato of Redding and Matthew Lodato and his wife Michelle of VA. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Aaron, Robert, JP, Madison, Macy, Michael John, Julie, Sophia, Natalie and his great grandchildren , Thomas and Kelly. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by three brothers, Philip, Ross and Mario and six sisters, Rose, Antoinette, Josephine, Pauline, Mary and Angie. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Thursday, July 18th, 2024 from 4:00-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 19th, 2024 at 10:30 AM at St. Leo’s Parish, Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of John Lodato to the New Covenant Center, 174 Richmond Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 or to To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Therese Werner
    on July 6, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Therese Werner, 98 of Stamford, CT. passed away peacefully at her home, on Saturday July 6, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Therese was born on February 1, 1926, in Switzerland to the late Alfred Magnin and Delphine Gremaud. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. Therese is survived by her son, Peter Werner and her daughter Diana Spinozzi and her husband Joseph, as well as her five grandchildren Nicole Werner, Alyssa Werner, Scott Sonnenburg, Victoria Bogen and Kara Sonnenburg. Therese arrived in the United States in 1956 and soon thereafter met her husband, George and started her family. Therese was most happy being active in her garden, admiring the beautiful flowers and fruits she worked so hard on, preparing memorable fruit preserves for her family, baking, and planning amazing meals. She was always happiest when doting over her family where she sat lovingly as the matriarch. Besides her parents, Therese is predeceased by her husband George Werner. There will be no calling hours and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Therese’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438 or online at To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Cheryl Lockwood
    on July 4, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Cheryl S. Lockwood, 77, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2024. Born on January 30, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. Cheryl is survived by her devoted husband of over 50 years, Frank J. Lockwood, Sr. of Stamford, her loving children, Frank J. Lockwood, Jr. and Deborah Pereda, and two grandchildren, Christian and Cameron Pereda. Cheryl was one of the first women to become a partner at a Wall Street investment banking firm and spent the majority of her life in finance and accounting. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, July 12, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM with a prayer service to be celebrated at 2:00 PM. Interment will be private. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Virginia Passaro
    on July 1, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Virginia M. Passaro, 96, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2024 at Fairfield County House in Stamford, CT. Born in 1927 in Spanish Harlem, NYC, she was the daughter of the late Maria Volpe Meli and Joseph Meli. As a young girl Virginia loved the settlement houses of those neighborhoods, playing basketball and the usual childhood fun. She used to receive free movie passes due to her father’s business relationships and loved going to the theater. One of her fond memories was lighting the oven for her Jewish neighbors, the Newmans, on the sabbath. The Meli family moved to Stamford, CT on December 6, 1941. Virginia graduated from Stamford High School with the class of 1945 and soon after she married her beloved husband, Whitey. Whitey purchased their home in 1948 and Virginia has lived at that same address until her passing. Following high school, she worked for a time at the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co. where she met ten women there who became lifelong friends and started what they called the “Y and T Club”. They were all involved in each other’s lives, celebrating all of life’s occasions, good and bad, with Virginia being the second to last remaining member. She is predeceased by her husband Francis “Whitey” Passaro; her daughter Jane Ann; brothers Natale Meli, Peter A. Meli and Vincent Meli; and sisters Mary B. Fiore and Theresa (Tess) Angelini. She is survived by her loving son Francis R. Passaro, Jr., and by many loving nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Virginia and Whitey were an exemplary model of a loving, unconditional marriage through good and bad, always family first, but with her husband being captain of the football team (SHS class of 1945) and then a Stamford, CT Firefighter, that family was quite extensive. Friends and family may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.on Sunday, July 7th at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8th at The Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. The interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Darien, CT. It is hard to express how our family feels and those of her many friends; people were always attracted to Virginia – not only for her physical beauty, but for the love, compassion and caring she projected to all of us. Her light shines so bright the family is consoled by the fact that she will be showing us the way into that next step of life – and that light is blinding. We know you will be waiting and will clear the way for all of us. Virginia loved receiving flowers BUT donations would also be greatly appreciated and can be made in her name to Fairfield County House, 1 Den Rd., Stamford, CT 06902 or by visiting www.fairfieldcountyhouse. org/support-us To leave a message of condolence online please visit the obituary on

  • Anthony Bicchieri
    on June 12, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Anthony F. Bicchieri, 73, of Warwick Parish, Bermuda passed away suddenly on the morning of Wednesday, June 12, 2024. He was born on September29, 1950 to Anthony L. “Tony Barrie” and Ann Divisione Bicchieri in Lynn, MA. Tony was predeceased by his father, Anthony L. Bicchieri. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marlene (DeLuca) Bicchieri of Bermuda, his daughter, Elizabeth “Beth”, his son, Anthony “Tony, beloved mother, Ann Bicchieri and his sisters, Anne Bicchieri and Jane Jepson. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and great nephews. Tony delighted audiences since performing at the age of sixteen at the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada. He traveled the seven seas as an accomplished pianist and musical director on board beautiful ocean liners, before making Bermuda his home in 1984. Tony was Bermuda’s very own “Piano Man”, Ambassador and so much more. He was recently honored by Shine Hayward at the Duke Ellington Tribute/International National Jazz Festival Day Event on April 29, 2024, celebrating his 40 year contribution to Bermuda’s music, entertainment and tourism industry. Tony played his last song at Fourways on Saturday, May 25, 2024, his last Masses at St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s on May 26, 2024, and his last rehearsal with St. Anthony’s 2024 First Holy Communion Class on Friday, May 31, 2024. A full Roman Catholic Funeral Mass was celebrated in Bermuda. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 12 noon at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, MA. Please consider making a donation in Tony Bari’s memory to Agape House 441-232-0859, Bermuda School of Music https:/ or PALS To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Iris Arenas
    on May 22, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Iris N. Arenas, 62, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2024 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico on April 18, 1962 to Maria E. Otero Hernandez and the late Juan Otero Velez. Iris is survived by her loving son, Andrew F. Arenas of Bridgeport, her mother, Maria E. Otero Hernandez, sisters, Maria J. Otero, Marta (Paul) Robalino of Stamford, Luz D. (Rory) Otero of Norwalk, brothers, Juan A. (Carmen) Otero of Lares, Puerto Rico, Miguel A. Otero and Joseito Otero of Stamford. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved her very much. A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, June 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Laura Von Stein
    on May 11, 2024 at 4:00 am

    Laura Ellen Von Stein, actor, comedian and all-around one-woman entertainer peacefully passed away on May 11, 2024 in Ridgefield, CT after a brief battle with colon cancer. She was 58 years old. Laura was born on August 31, 1965 in Northbrook, Illinois but grew up in Westport, CT. She graduated Staples High School and was a proud member of the Staples Players. She attended UCONN and graduated Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Bridgeport where she also received the Sydney Litwalk Performing Arts Scholarship for Drama. Laura’s college studies included classical acting at Marymount International School under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Laura had been a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Her passion for the theater and her patient waiting at stage doors after a performance helped build her impressive collection of signed Playbills from many Broadway legends. Laura’s wicked sense of humor and comedic celebrity renditions of “Silent Night”, as Ethel Merman and “I am the Walrus”, as Julie Andrews, to name a few, will be greatly missed. An enthusiastic reader, Laura accumulated an impressive library, largely built from her time at the annual Pequot Library book sale. In her words “it’s like Christmas Day”! Her collection of movies highlighted everything Meryl Streep. Her collection of books varied from Shakespeare to Carrie Fischer and to her beloved Edith Warton. The time she spent in England fostered her love of British history and cultivated an unsurpassed, extensive knowledge of all things royal. She is survived by her mother, Eleanor Von Stein of Westport (and Trumbull), her brother Robert Von Stein (Linda Guliuzza) of Trumbull (and Massachusetts), her nephews Rob (Molly) of Massachusetts, Mike (Laura) of Rhode Island and Scott (Paul) of Massachusetts as well as many cousins. Laura was predeceased by her father, Robert Von Stein in 2019. In addition to her immediate family Laura is survived by her extended family, Roger Wolfe of Westport, Christine O’Leary of New Milford, Duane, Gayle, Mike and Stephen Lovello, Jill Lovello and Charlie Sullivan, Christine Lovello and Tom, Susan, Matt, Sam and Rae Iacovacci, as well as multitude of friends from the comedy and theater world. Laura’s wish is for everyone to support theaters, encourage the thespians of all ages to keep going, read a good book and enjoy a movie with lots of popcorn. Laura’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, September 15, 2024 at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 5PM All are welcome. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877 To leave online condolences, please visit