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  • Grace Renna
    on October 20, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Grace Louise Renna, 95 a longtime resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the Stamford Hospital. Grace was born on March 22, 1926 in NY,NY, daughter of the late William and Louise DelGuidice Renna. Grace is survived by her loving nieces and nephews, Andrew John Vissicchio and his wife Patricia of FL., William Douglas Vissicchio and his wife Linda of GA., Diane V. DeVito and her husband Michael of Stamford, and Anne Renna of CA., along with several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved and dedicated friend of many years Arlette Johnson of Stamford. Besides her parents Grace was predeceased by her sister Ann Vissicchio, and brothers Frank Renna and Anthony Renna. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, on the morning of Monday, October 25, 2021 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM, following the calling hours a funeral procession will leave the funeral home and proceed to St. Bridget’s of Ireland Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Road, Stamford where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00AM, Entombment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien, CT, 41 Hecker Ave., Darien, CT. In Lieu flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting To leave an online condolence please visit

  • Grace Foti
    on October 19, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Grace Foti, 95, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Grace was born in Villa San Giovanni, Italy, on July 12, 1926, daughter of the late John and Domenica Cassone Calabro. Grace came to this country in her early 20’s. A skilled seamstress, she started her own dress shop with her sister during a time when female owned businesses were the exception. After some time, Grace moved to the specialty work of making and altering wedding gowns and ultimately took a job in the alterations department at Lord & Taylor, where she remained in great demand for the more than 25 years of her employment. In fact, her many devoted customers continued to seek out her services long after her official retirement. Although Grace took great pride in her work, she found her greatest joy in spending time with and caring for her family. Married in 1957, she and her husband Frank had two children. Grace devoted her life to their happiness and after they were grown, helped raise each of her grandchildren, making them her priority and instilling in them the same unselfishness and love of family and friends she displayed every day. She was an extraordinary cook who turned the simplest of ingredients into a delicious three course meal. Her family and friends all knew that no restaurant would ever compare to a meal by Grace, not only because everything she made tasted so good but also because every bite was infused with her love. She leaves them all with countless memories of full tables and full hearts. Grace is survived by her loving children Anthony Foti and his wife Rosemary of Palm City, Florida and daughter Catherine Foti and her husband Steven Rudder of Tarrytown, New York. Her cherished grandchildren Francis Patrick Foti and his wife Kristen Foti, James Peter Foti, Olivia Rudder, Zachary Rudder, Nicole Lampel and her husband Daniel, and Jacquelyn Rudder, along with a great-grandson, AJ Foti, and great-granddaughter, Eva Lampel. Grace also is survived by her beloved sister-in-law Gudrun Calabro, nieces Monique Calabro and husband Matthew Orobona, and Michele Calabro and husband Olaf Schimmel, and numerous other cherished nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Grace was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank Foti, her brothers Rosario and Joseph Calabro, and a sister Maria Galimi. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 2:00 to 6:00PM. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Leo’s Church on Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 11:00AM Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Grace’s memory to one of the following charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or Istituto Antoniano Maschile,

  • Brian Riordan
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Brian John Riordan died in the care of Norwalk Hospital on October 15, 2021 in Norwalk, CT due to complications of vascular strokes. He was 62 years old at the time of his passing. Brian was born in November of 1958 in Queens, NY to his parents Gerald and Miriam Riordan. He graduated from John Adams High School in 1976. He was married to Janine Riordan in 1988. The Riordans moved to Stamford, CT where they went on to welcome two sons. Brian commuted to New York City to work in finance until retiring in 2020. Brian spent his remaining time enjoying moments with his two children. Brian was a strong and patient man with time for the sentimental. He was a supportive father who fostered and nurtured the interests and education of both his children and dedicated the time of their early lives to coaching them in sports, which was a lifelong interest of his. Brian is survived by his son Cameron Riordan of Brooklyn, NY; his son Griffin Riordan of Stamford, CT; and his mother, Miriam Riordan and his brothers Kevin, Michael, Joseph, and John. He is preceded in death by his brother Patrick and his father, Gerald. Brian will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 10:00am at St. Leo’s Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, in Stamford, CT. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Brian’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Brian’s name at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory was honored to assist the Riordan family with Brian’s final arrangements.

  • Giovanni Ferraro
    on October 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Giovanni Ferraro, 90 a longtime resident of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 14, 2021. Giovanni was born on October 29, 1930, in Montesarchio, Italy, son of the late Pietro and Luisa DeNisi Ferraro. Giovanni came to America in 1970 with his family where he became a machinist for many years. One of his many passions in life was gardening and being the caring and giving person he was, he always shared the fruit of his labor with loved ones. Giovanni was a devoted husband and father, but most of all, he was a devoted “nonno” as his grandchildren were the center of his life. He also enjoyed watching Italian soccer and would always welcome a good conversation in politics. Giovanni is survived by his devoted wife of over 55 years Carmelina Ferraro of Stamford, daughter Luisa Romeo and her husband Andrew of Norwalk, son Peter Ferraro and his wife Michelle of Shelton. His sister Antonietta Izzo of Italy and his cherished grandchildren Michael Dinnan and Victoria Romeo. Besides his parents Giovanni was predeceased by his brother Vincenzo Ferraro and sister Angela Grasso. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT, on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. A funeral procession will be leaving the funeral home on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00AM with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Ave., Stamford, at 10:30AM. Entombment will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport, CT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Giovanni’s name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting To leave an online condolence please visit

  • Barbara Kobrock
    on October 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Barbara Ann Kobrock, 83 a longitme resident of Old Greenwich passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Barbara was born in New Rochelle, New York on March 16, 1938, daughter of the late William and Rita Marie Burke Scott. Barbara is survived by her daughters Cheryl Kobrock of Old Greenwich, CT., and Brenda Kobrock of Melbourne, FL. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Courtney Scarpelli of Hollywood, CA., and Philip Tavella of Norwalk, CT. Besides her parents Barbara was predeceased by her beloved husband Karl E. Kobrock. There will be no calling hours, and a private service will be held at a later date. To leave an online condolence please visit In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Barbara Ann Kobrock’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

  • Christopher Tejeda
    on August 26, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Christopher Joseph Tejeda, 32, passed away on August 26, 2021, after a long and difficult battle with diabetes. There isn’t a hospital room big enough to fit all the people who would have wanted to be with Chris during his final moments, but his mother, father and brothers were with him until the end, trying their best to make sure he knew how many people loved and cared about him. Chris was born on July 16, 1989, in Flushing, NY. After spending the first few years of his life in Queens, he and his family moved to Lynn, MA, where Chris would spend his formative years and majority of his life. He would go on to live for short periods of time in Arizona, Maine, and a return to New York before settling in Stamford, CT in his final years. Chris was a gentle soul. The kindest and most affectionate of his immediate family. He loved others more than he loved himself, never hesitating to give on to others whatever little he had. Chris was quirky but was also insightful. He’d often find a way to cheer you up just when you needed it and would travel long distances just to see someone he loved or cared about. Even through his illness, he would remain extremely positive and tell you he was fine so as not to worry anyone. There is so much that could be said about Chris: he enjoyed cooking and loved food; liked the outdoors; loved anime, manga and going to NY Comic Con; but what he’ll be remembered for the most is the impact he had on others. He’d spend hours every day on the phone, not just with friends, but with his niece, Ana, or his cousins. He was a friend and confidant to the teens and young people in his family especially. Forever young at heart and a model of kindness, Chris was always ready and willing to listen and offer advice if you ever needed it. Chris would want to be remembered as a caring, kindhearted son, brother, uncle and friend who loved those closest to him more than anything. As a goofy, sweet, and fun person who was always up for karaoke, a game of Guitar Hero, or a last-minute trip to the movies. Either that, or he’d want to be remembered as a wolf. Chris is survived by his grandmother, Ofelia Mejia. His mother Virginia E. Tejeda. His stepfather Jaime Acosta. His father, Felixberto Nova. His brothers Andres, John, and Gustavo Tejeda. His nieces Ana and Rin Tejeda and his nephew Marco Tejeda. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Diabetes Foundation - Select “Make a Donation” at the top right corner of the home page. Follow directions and, towards the end, check the box under “Honoree Information” and enter “In Memory” and Christopher Tejeda.

  • Richard Nowlin
    on April 21, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Richard T. Nowlin passed away on the morning of April 21, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19, with a caring and devoted medical staff by his side. We would like to thank Stamford Hospital for their dedication to Richard. Born on June 16, 1944, to Evelyn M. and Terry W. Nowlin. Rick was a lifelong Stamford resident, who always cherished all the opportunities life had to offer. Rick attended Willard Elementary School, Burdick Junior High, graduated from Rippowam High School in 1963 and shortly after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Rick always had many interests and passions, especially when it came to horses, becoming an excellent equestrian at an early age, thanks to his parents. Rick was also a third-generation volunteer fire fighter at the Turn of River Fire department following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (Willis T. Nowlin), and also had a love and passion for hunting. But his interests didn’t stop there. As time went on, his love and passion for automobiles and motorcycles took over, whether it was driving them or rebuilding them. He was also an avid fan of Country and Western music (but only the old artists, as he would say) and couldn’t understand how they called today’s new music Country at all! Rick will always be remembered for having the biggest heart, for being a good kind man, always putting everyone else’s needs before himself and of course he had the most infectious laugh and smile. We will always thank God for having him in our lives. Rick leaves this world as loving his two sons, Peter Nowlin (Donna) and Michael Nowlin (Terri), his grandchildren, Amanda Beschle (Adam) and Alexa Bitzer, his great-grandchild, Kiya Beschle and a new great-grandchild, Baby Beschle, arriving in June. He also will be sadly missed by his former spouse, Theresa Charkales, who remained his lifelong friend and a constant in his life; his sisters, Barbra Nowlin Bernini (Skip), Valerie Nowlin Mascaro and Traci Nowlin Rotante (Paul), His Aunt and Godmother, Ruth Valenzano. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great niece and nephew and cousins. Due to the current health crisis in our state, no wake or funeral services will take place. A graveside service and the inurnment will be held at a later date along with a celebration of his life. Arrangements are being graciously attended to by The Nicholas Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory in Stamford, CT.

  • Sonia Barber
    on April 10, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Sonia Alicia Barber, 40, of Riverside passed away peacefully on April 10, 2020. She was born in Newark, NJ on May 25, 1979 to Martin N. Hall and Lonnie M. Barber. Sonia was employed at Stamford Hospital as a PCA Tech for many years. She was later employed by the Stamford Board of Education. Besides her parents, Sonia is also survived by her son, Kamron Wright and a daughter, Yolanda Wright. As well as her brothers, Marcus and Terry Barber, a sister, Felice Barber and brothers-in-law Maurice Plant. She also leaves her two nieces and her nephew. Sonia was truly a wonderful spirit and she will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. Funeral services were held privately. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Barber family with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Patricia Gamble
    on November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Patricia (Pat) Anrita Gamble, age 77, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019, surrounded by her children after a near decade-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Pat was pre-deceased by her husband of over 40 years, Thomas Joseph Gamble. A native of the Lynbrook, Long Island, NY, Pat was a lovely Irish lass, whose beauty, both inside and out, caught Tom’s eye early on. Married in 1964 and initially a war-bride (Vietnam), as Tom’s career as a commercial pilot took off, Tom and Pat settled in Bow, NH, to raise their family of four. Pat’s faith in God and her love of family and friends drew everyone she met instantly into her circle. A nurturer by nature, Pat was drawn to work at Bishop Brady High School for many years, where her ability to see the good in everyone made her a pseudo-mother to all she encountered and created enduring relationships. As a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in Concord, NH, Pat was a light to those who had the good fortune to know and love her. Upon Tom’s retirement, the pair settled on the coast of Maine, where family and friends, including their six grandchildren, would gather, leaving all with unforgettable memories of humor and love to cherish. Those who knew her will remember Pat for her grace, faith, lighthearted sense of humor, love of life and family, her perseverance during Tom’s illness, and her gentle, thoughtful spirit. If you knew Pat, you felt loved and cherished for your own unique gifts, unconditionally. Pat leaves her sister Nancy Clark of Kennebunk, ME and four children, Thomas L Gamble of NY, NY, Terri Perriello of Scarborough ME, Denise Gamble of NY, NY, Daniel and his wife Heidi (Faretra) Gamble of Stamford, CT, along with six grandchildren, Madison Gamble, Ashley and Luke Perriello, and Emma, Danny & Casey Gamble along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Services will be held at the Church of St. Cecilia in Stamford, Ct, on December 12 at 10:30am. She will be buried privately alongside Tom, at Gates of Heaven, Hawthorne, NY at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,… or to the Church or charity of your choice.

  • Alberta Meceli
    on March 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Alberta “Bert” DeLeo Meceli, 80, of Stamford passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Cape Coral, Florida surrounded by her loving family after a 15year battle from cancer. She was born in Stamford, on December 2, 1938 to the late Albert J. DeLeo and Leonora Montagnino DeLeo. Bert graduated from SHS, Class of 1956, and went on to work as a Payroll Accounts Manager for Adley Express, McFadden Express, Hewitt Robbins, Condec Corp, Massotti & Massotti and Cortec Group before retiring. She had a passion for travel, skiing, motorcycles, and most of all, her family. She cherished being with her nieces and nephews and their children. She was also a Knights of Columbus Columbiette and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Benedict’s Church. She is survived by her two brothers, Albert “Abby” (Rosalie) DeLeo, Salvatore “Tore” (Lori) DeLeo, two sisters, Regina “Reggie” (Joe) Cianciola, Denise “Dee” (Funzy) Colacicco and her beloved nieces and nephews and her beloved great nieces and nephews, who will miss her deeply. Besides her parents, Bert is also predeceased by her sister, Leonora Ferro and spouse, Anthony Chic Ferro and her niece Jayne Ferro Macuirzynski. A special Thank You to Dr. Steve Lo and Dr. Nina Imandar who took special care of her during her 15year battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Bridget’s of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105