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  • Edward Williams, Jr.
    on October 1, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Edward H. Williams, Jr., 71, a lifelong resident of Stamford passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Stamford on April 6, 1951 to the late Edward H. Williams, Sr. and Margaret Bowler Williams. Edward was a graduate of SHS, Class of 1969 and was active with the Golden Gloves during the 1960’s as well as an avid Gymnast at Rogers School and Stamford High School during his younger years. He was employed at Metro North as a yard supervisor until his retirement. Edward is survived by his daughters, Kristen Williams and Emily Williams, his brothers, Peter F. Williams and JoAnn Lowman of Stamford, Mark J. Williams and his wife Barbara of FL and his sister, Mary M. Buzzetto of Stamford. Also surviving is his grandson Reese and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Edward was also predeceased by two brothers, Michael and Richard Williams and a nephew, Michael Buzzetto. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 4:00 PM. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:30 AM. The family requests that donations be made in Edward’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

  • John Vasone
    on September 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    John Bruce Vasone, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Yale New Haven Hospital. John was born in Stamford, CT, on February 9, 1953, son of the late Albino Joseph Vasone and Ursula Garschke Vasone. John grew up in Darien, CT in an extremely loving household with his parents and four siblings. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in both baseball and football at Darien High School. John attended the University of Miami in Florida, where he met one of his best friends, Tom Markham. After his freshman year, he took his talents to the University of New Hampshire, where he finished his college career as a member of the UNH Wildcats football team. He was also a brother of the TKE fraternity, Alpha Nu chapter, where he was affectionately known as “The Friendly One”, and forged many strong bonds with his brothers that he still held dearly throughout his life. After college, John joined the beauty business where he created a long career for himself in Sales & Marketing across companies, ultimately retiring from Conair Corporation. He traveled significantly during his career, both domestically and internationally. In 1986, he was married to Susan Farrell, in Westport, CT. They went on to raise two wonderful children, Tori and Nick. He was a devoted father and loved dearly by both of his children. In 2016, he met Laura Boretsky and married her in Newport, RI in 2019 and they had a beautiful life together over the past several years along with Laura’s four children. John valued quality time around the dining table. He greatly enjoyed sharing culinary experiences with those he held dear. In addition to his family and friends, his loved ones included many pets throughout his life, whom he named with very creative canine monikers. John was a big guy, with a bigger personality, and the biggest heart. He had a tremendous spirit about him and will be deeply missed. John is survived by his devoted wife Laura Bilcheck Boretsky of Shelton; his daughter Victoria Rose Vasone of Wallingford; his son John Nicholas Vasone and his wife Rachel of Fairfield. His stepchildren Kaitlynn Carlin and her husband Sean of South Carolina; Andrew Boretsky of Shelton; Julia Boretsky and her partner Shane Severe of Maryland; and Megan Boretsky of Shelton. His beloved granddaughters, Charlotte Rose Russell and Ella Lillian Carlin. His Aunt Rose DeVito of Darien. His siblings, Daniel Vasone of Florida; Heidi Vasone of North Carolina; Karl Vasone and his wife Cheryl of North Carolina; Susan Vasone of Florida. His furry companions AJ “Curly Whiskers”, Max “Sugar Smacks Max” and D’Arcy “Louisiana Puppy Paws” (sorry Lexi). John is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews in the US, Germany and Italy. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT on Monday, October 3, 2022, from 3PM to 7PM. To leave an online condolence please visit www.Cognetta.com Donations can be made in memory of John Vasone to the University of New Hampshire, www.unh.edu/give

  • Carmela Abbazia
    on September 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Carmela “Milly” Angelina Abbazia, 97, of Shelton and a former resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 29, 2022. She was born on August 5, 1925 to the late Patsy and Frances Merlino Cristofolo. Carmela was a graduate of Stamford High School, Class of 1943. She worked for Sears for over 32 years, Carmela was also a member of the Women’s Club of Stamford, St. Gabriel’s Senior Group, National Council of Senior Citizens, as well as St. Mary’s Rosary Society and served as a volunteer at St. Camillus Nursing Home. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and baking. She is survived by her granddaughter, Angel Pia of Wilmington, NC, three great granddaughters, Frances, Jessica and Liliana Pia, as well as her sister, Jennie Clark and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Carmela was predeceased by her longtime partner Nicholas Ciaccia, her two daughters, Gerrilynn Abbazia and Frances Estes, her sisters, Rose Perrillo, Palmina Zaremski, Antoinette Palmieri, as well as a granddaughter, Glory Lynn Estes and son in law, Peter Pia. A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford at 9:30 AM, Monday, October 3, 2022 for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Mausoleum, Norwalk. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 2:00-5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford, CT 06902 To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

  • Ernest Mammone,Sr.
    on September 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Ernest L. Mammone Sr., passed away peacefully on September 29, 2022. He was born on November 8, 1933 in Stamford to the late Antonio D. Mammone of Stamford (Calabria, Italy) and Mary Teresa Guidio Mammone. Ernie is survived by his children, Ernest L. Mammone Jr.,(Marguerite), James Mammone ,Theresa Gruner (Roy, which he treated like his own son) and Michelle Mammone. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Craig & Amy Mammone, Meghan Mammone, Ryan and Amanda Mammone, Kim Mammone, Melissa Gruner, Anthony Gruner, Dana and Marc Ogera, Jade Mammone (Dave), Kristen Turner, Carissa Mammone, great grandchildren, Roy Gruner III, Jayson Gruner, Phyliss Gruner, Monroe Gruner, Emma Ogera, RJ Mammone, Andrew, Angelo and Anna Mammone as well as his sister, Josephine YoYo Moretti. Ernie was predeceased by his wife of 63 years (1956 to 2019), Anna B. Hearn Mammone of Stamford and previously from Owenington, KY, his son,Tony and his grandson Roy Gruner Jr. who he enjoyed many good times with. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Ralph Ruffalo, John Mammone, sisters, Florence Vitti and Emily Nichols. Ernie graduated from SHS, Class of 1952, in which he played baseball, basketball and football and also on the boxing teams at Rogers School and SHS. He also played intramural sports for St Mary’s basketball team where he scored 56 points in one game. He also played hardball baseball in the twilight league at Cubeta stadium, later on he played for over 15years for the East Side Cardinal Athletic Club, which he enjoyed playing softball with his friends and teammates where they won many trophies, Ernie was a big NY fan, of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, Mets, Rangers and Giants. Dad served in with US Army 82nd air borne division 1956 to 1958 and also was with the Army reserves from 1958 to 1963. Ernie worked for the City of Stamford as a heavy equipment operator and later as the head timekeeper with the payroll division for 43 years. He was a shop steward for the teamsters for over 9 years. Ernie had many friends there and enjoyed working with them, Dad enjoyed having family dinners and barbecues with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening with his father Antonio and his sons and grandsons, passing down the tradition his grandson Roy Jr., really enjoyed this as well as we all did. Dad enjoyed taking his wife and children and later his grandchildren to Indiana and Kentucky to visit mom’s family where we all enjoyed the hospitality of our mom’s family. Great times! Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ernie’s memory to the American Lung Cancer Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

  • Christine Poulos
    on September 25, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Christine (Tina) Poulos passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on September 25, 2022. She was born on April 18, 1928 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts to Demetra and Constantine Mirageas. Her father passed away while Christine was young and she and her brother were raised by her mother and stepfather, John Athanas. After graduating from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, she worked as a medical secretary. Christine was a volunteer catechist at the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Boston where she met and fell in love with a young seminary student, George Poulos, and later married him in 1948 before he was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest. The couple became close with the priest of the Boston Cathedral, who later became Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America, and the three went on to share a lifelong friendship and dedication to the Church. Fr. George and Christine spent eight happy years in Norwich, their first parish. In 1956, Father George was assigned to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels in Stamford, Connecticut, and Christine played an integral role as Presbytera and an active member of the Philoptochos Society, contributing to the development and growth of the community. Christine was a dedicated wife, devoted mother, and extraordinary homemaker. She was truly a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining her family and guests. Christine always shared her love of Greek culture, was an expert in Greek traditions and especially enjoyed family birthday celebrations. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased earlier in February 2022 by her husband of over 74 years, Rev. George Poulos, and her brother George Mirageas. Christine is survived by her loving children, Peter Poulos and his wife, Argery, of Stamford; Dean Poulos and his wife, Dorie, of Stamford; John Poulos of Liverpool, New York; Michael Poulos and his wife, Pamela, of Stamford; and Paul Poulos and his wife, Georgia, of Stamford. She is also survived by her six cherished grandchildren, Cristina (husband Benjamin), Mary (husband John), George (fiancée Jenna), Dean (wife Potoula), Matthew, Peter, and her great grandchild, Peter Benjamin, sister-in-law Patricia Mirageas of Boston, many nephews and cousins. The Poulos family would like to thank Father Harry Pappas and Father Evan Evangelidis for their caring support and prayers. Public visitation will be held at Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06905 on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 5:00 PM. to 8:00 PM, with a Trisagion Service to be held at 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Church on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM. A funeral procession will follow the service to Woodland Cemetery, 66 Woodland Place, Stamford, CT and a Makaria catered luncheon, in memory of Christine, will follow the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christine’s memory to the Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, the Father George Poulos Ionian Village Scholarship Fund (c/o Archangels Church), or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905.

  • Michael Quinones
    on September 24, 2022 at 4:00 am
  • 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 - https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/ 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 www.cognetta.com

  • 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, https://www.lbda.org… or to the Church or charity of your choice.