Kevin Sala

Kevin Thomas Sala, a loving brother, uncle and loyal friend to many, passed away unexpectedly at Norwalk Hospital on the morning of Saturday, October 23, 2021. Kevin was a lifelong resident of Stamford and was born on August 1, 1962. With his four brothers and sister, Kevin was raised by his late parents, Philip (Bay) and Marie Ann Pagliaro. Kevin was only 59 years old at the time of his passing.

Kevin was a loving son, a great brother and uncle, and a gentle and kind soul. He was constantly going above and beyond for others. Kevin had a true love for rock and roll and a passion for playing the guitar. Kevin was an integral part of the Win Waste Innovations team, where he was a devoted employee for 37 years.

Kevin leaves behind his four brothers; Randy Sala of Stamford, Wayne Sala and his spouse Chris of Guilford, Philip Pagliaro and his wife Kristen of Trumbull and Dominick Bay Pagliaro and his wife Heather of Norwalk, a sister; Karen Mohammadi and her husband Matthew and his nephews and niece; Bay, Philip, Dominick and Evelyn Marie, and many close friends. Kevin will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM for a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, in Stamford. The interment will be private. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/donate.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with Kevin’s final arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence for his family please visit cognetta.com or on facebook.com/NicholasFCognettaFuneralHomeCrematory.

Alberta Meceli

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

Grace Renna

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 www.donate3.cancer.org
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Brian Riordan

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 www.stjude.org/donate.

Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory was honored to assist the Riordan family with Brian’s final arrangements.

Grace Foti

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, https://www.stjude.org/
or
Istituto Antoniano Maschile, https://www.basilicaantoniana.it/donazioni

Patricia Gamble

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.

Lawrence Spann

Lawrence A. Spann, known as Bud to family and friends, and as Larry in the Greenwich Fire Department, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021.

He was born under the rockets’ red glare on July 4, 1930 to Lawrence D. and Alexandra Clarke Spann. He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1949. After graduation, Bud enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed in Okinawa as a heavy equipment operator/mechanic with the Corps of Engineers. He was honorably discharged in January 1953.
Bud married his “Ever Lovin” wife Betty on September 20, 1958. They were married for over 58 years before Betty’s death in 2017.

On November 12, 1968 Bud began his career with the Greenwich Fire Department as the Fire Equipment Mechanic. He spent nearly 19 years with the Department based out of Central Station. When not maintaining the equipment, he entertained many a school child on their field trips to the firehouse. He retired from the Town of Greenwich in August 1987.
Bud and Betty retired to Thompson, CT in 1988. He immediately became involved with the Quinebaug Volunteer Fire Department. He also joined the Thompson Memorial VFW Post 10088 and was quickly elected Quartermaster. He continued his involvement with both until he and Betty returned to the Stamford area in 2012.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bud was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Lee and Tim O’Keefe, his nephew Peter O’Keefe and his sons-in-law Arnold Johnsen and Kenny Young.
He is survived by his son Charles and his wife Debbie of Sherwood, WI, his daughters Lori, Rosemary Johnsen and Leslie Young, all of Stamford, CT and his adored cat, Ophelia.
He is also survived by his nephew John O’Keefe and nieces Betsy Bellantoni and Cathy O’Keefe as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday October 23, 2021 from 10 AM to 1 PM with a prayer service at noon. Interment will be privately held at a later date.

For the safety of all those attending, please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either Thompson Memorial VFW Post 10088, 654 Quinebaug Road, Quinebaug, CT 06262 or to the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc., Central Fire Station, P.O. Box 121, Greenwich, CT 06836-0121

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Giovanni Ferraro

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 www.Stjude.org
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Barbara Kobrock

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 www.Cognetta.com
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

Thomas Clift III

Thomas H. Clift III, 74, passed peacefully into the arms of our lord, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Stamford, Conn., making it to heaven just before midnight. He always wanted to visit heaven he said in childhood prayers kneeling next to his bunk bed with his precious grandma “Mere,” by his side. Later in life he continued that reverence as a part-time preacher in Rockford area churches. The oldest of six siblings, he now joins his loving parents in paradise, Thomas H. Clift, Jr. and Marylou (Cain) Clift, who predeceased him.

Tommy, as he was known to distinguish him from his father, was a member of Court Street Methodist Church, and later First Assembly Church of God in Rockford. At an early age he took to water and swam like a fish. He loved the feeling of freedom and the fanciness of flight. Some say he learned it with multiple trips on vacation to Northern Wisconsin. He spent his life around water, even bleaching his hair beach bum blonde. He lived for the surf, sun, sand and trips to Grand Haven, MI. Florida and Connecticut. He loved going fast and gave neighborhood kids rides on his white, mini-Honda scooter as a teenager. In his senior year of high school, he bought a 1957 Chevy, painted it with 20 cans of leaded blue spray paint, making the car so heavy it got nearly -0- miles to the gallon. It was a convertible and drive-ins were his favorite parking spot. To his father’s chagrin and friend’s Mike, Bill, Bob and Tom’s delight, he ruined the garage floor.

He was an expert swimmer, diver and fisherman. Good enough to win trophies, medals and ribbons. He became a lifeguard at the 10th Avenue Pool in Rockford, where he met his first wife, Cheri (Chamberlain). They were married in September 1966 and had two children, Tina and Jeff. While his father Tom Jr. went after big game Muskies and Northern, Tom caught nearly the state record bass in 1973 on a secret, lake in Northern Wisconsin. The lake is sacred to his family and is where his ashes will be released next spring.

A graduate of Rockford West High School, he won the city diving championship. Friends say he could fly like an acrobat. He liked reaching for the sky so often, he joined the high school track team and pole vaulted into the record books. Coached by his father, Tom showed early promise. His father built him a run way along Ellis Ave. complete with sandpit, crossbars and pole box. Practices and meets were held at the home, often as police and neighbors pulled up to see Tom and his friends compete. Entire track meets were held at the home with scores of friends and teammates. They chased each other, chased records and ran like the wind, as fast as lightning, neighbors Dee and Dick Roberts used to say.

Always chasing the light, he turned his creativity to the visual arts. He and his father built a professional photo laboratory in the basement of their Cumberland St. home. He loved the magic of making prints. Tom added to his trophy chest as a professional photographer and film maker, working first in television at WREX, then WTVO, and finally at the Rockford Register Star as a staff photographer 1972-1977. That love of photography was passed to his younger brother, Bradley, who has used photography for many national and international awards. Tom’s tutelage assured his success. As he mentored Brad throughout

the 70’s. During this period, he met another West High graduate, Cynthia (Robinson) Lally, whom he married in Nov. 1980. Bradley was the best man and their first son, Adam Brandon Clift was born 9 months later. Five years later, in 1986, Charles Worthington Clift was born to the couple. Tom taught them fishing and athletics as well. They moved as a family to Connecticut in 1988. Tom continued to develop and master photography and other visual arts and took up sailing.

When Tom combined his growing love of music with photography, he created master works of art, moving congregations and audiences to tears with his slideshows of earth’s beauty. His photographs still hang in public and private collections. He worked at Aetna Insurance World Headquarters for five years having been recruited there, in Hartford in the early 90’s before retiring to Stamford, Ct. in the early 2000’s.

During later years, he returned to his love of water and fishing, trying to create the perfect bass lure. He even incorporated his invention, calling his new company, “Momma’s got Worms.” Lionel, a family friend said recently, “I don’t know about the name, but the bait sure worked!” Working another lure while living on a lake in Connecticut, Tom caught a trophy Large Mouth Bass. He was always alive and kicking next to the water, in the water, in the air. Now he’s in the air above us forever, said his friend. “Up high, where he always wanted to be.”

Leaving behind his siblings, Julie (Clift) Vaughn of Rockford, Nancy (Clift)Martin, Princeton, Ia. Bradley E. Clift, Westerly, RI, Martha (Clift) Tuneberg, Rockford and Susan Clift also of Rockford, Il. They all remember their older brother fondly as being creative, funny, unpredictable and talented.

He is survived by four children. Tina (Cornelius) Ray along with her husband, Mike Ray, of Catawba, South Carolina, Jeffery Cornelius of Laguna Beach, CA, Adam Clift along with his wife, Yesy Clift, of East Hartford, Ct. and Charles Clift along with his wife, Kelly Clift, of Granby, Ct. His surviving grandchildren are, Zachary Barton, Andrew Barton, Lilly Cornelius, Hunter Clift, Colton Clift, Daniel Clift, Khloe Clift and Giovanni Clift.

Tom also is survived by nine nieces and nephews; Jennifer Meyer, Jill Ramseth, Keith Sandberg, Renae Sandberg all of Rockford, Illinois and Zachary Tuneberg, Jamie Tuneberg, Brit Tuneberg and Jori Tuneberg also of Rockford Illinios. Finally, Spencer Clift of Westerly, Rhode Island.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 12-4:00 PM with a service at 2:30 PM. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers or donations Tom and family would have wanted you to be fishing or swimming at sunrise or sunset, watching the beauty of nature and be in awe of life and reaching for the heavens, always looking up. “The rising tide lifts all boats,” he used to say.
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