Sue Miller

Sue Ann Miller, 72, of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Stamford Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Sue was born on June 2, 1951 in Hartford CT to the late Charles and Eleanor King Clute.
Sue Ann attended Scared Heart Academy and graduated from the Univ of Conn. She worked in the Cardiology department at St. Joseph Hospital before finishing her career in administrator at Stamford UCONN. She enjoyed children and worked at 2 daycares after her retirement. She also volunteered as a Ha Ha Clown visiting sick patients and kids at Stamford Hospital. She attended church services daily at St. John’s Church and St Bridget Church where she served as a Eucharistic minister and member of the ministry to the homeless, hungry and people in need. She could often be spotted holding a prayer pad in her hands, praying for those in need. Those that knew her would often refer to her as the sweetest person they know who always has a positive spirit. She loved spending time with family and her granddaughters and cherished the many private talks she would have with her granddaughter Maya.
Sue Ann is survived by her sons; Carlos Miller and his wife Kelly, Alex Miller and Sean Miller, all of Stamford, her brother Charles Clute of Cape Cod, MA, her two loving granddaughters, MayaMay and Alyssa Miller and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Bridget of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT. A memorial lunch will follow at 12:30PM at Zody’s 19th Hole, 451 Stillwater Rd, Stamford, CT. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Sue Ann’s memory to the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind by calling (860) 602-4000 or emailing ads.besb@ct.gov or the Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind and Handicapped, Inc. (CVSBH), Ridgefield Recording Studio – CVSBH, Ridgefield Public Library, 472 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

Lucille Gladwin

Lucille Raphael Gladwin passed away unexpectedly at the age of 92 on Tuesday May 21st 2024. She was born on September 25th 1931 to the late Pasquale and Mary (Buchetto) Sarni.
She was a lifelong resident of Stamford and married her high school sweetheart, Russell Chapman Gladwin Jr. Lucille was a faithful employee of Toyota of Stamford for over 60 years where she fostered many lifelong relationships. Those who knew Lucille best would speak of her excellent cooking, sense of style, voracious appetite for reading, and love of the beach. She regularly hosted large holiday gatherings and always embodied the matriarch role for her family. Her specialty was her Italian cookies that were loved by all. She was an avid skier well into her 80’s and regularly enjoyed trips to Vermont with her family of which she was fiercely loyal and always cherished.
She is survived by her sister Geraldine (Arcano) Buccuzzi, son Russell C. Gladwin III and daughter in law Susan (Freebairn) Gladwin and the joys of her life her three grandchildren. Kelly (Tucker) Watts, Katie (Anthony) Lia, and Russell (Brenna) Gladwin IV. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Maeve Gladwin, Isla Watts, and Vincenzo Lia. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews. She is pre deceased by her parents, her husband Russell, her brothers Michael Sarni, Frank Arcano, Dennis Arcano and sister Dolly Pennella.
Services for Lucille will be private.

Narayana Babu Kasaru

Farewell to our father, His journey to the heavens…

It is with profound sadness that I share the passing of our beloved father, Narayana Babu Kasaru who left us on 5/18/2024, precious Ekadashi day at the age of 73, surrounded by his loving family and friends in his final moments.

He was a man of immense humor, a legacy of laughter, love and wisdom, cherishing every moment spent with his loved ones..Throughout his journey, he fulfilled his life by enjoying every moment with laughter and light, being grateful with what life gave him and always kept a smile on his face and put happiness around him. As a beacon of positivity, he remained unwavering in his commitment to living life to the fullest, inspiring those around them to do the same. Even with financial struggles since childhood, he raised himself, his mother, sisters and all four of his children to settle in a good position here in the US teaching them to be compassionate, hardworking and fortunate while still keeping a smile on his face.

A beloved husband, father, brother, father-in-law, grandpa, friend, and mentor, he touched countless lives with his boundless compassion and generosity. His innate ability to uplift others and spread happiness was unparalleled, leaving an indelible mark on the world around him.

In honoring my father’s memory, let us strive to carry forward his legacy of joy and laughter. May we cherish each moment, find beauty in the world around us, and spread kindness and smile and stay happy wherever we go. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will forever live on in the memories we hold dear.

Please attend my father’s funeral ceremony as details provided below to give him the happiest send off for his journey to heavens. May his journey be guided by angels, and may he find eternal rest in the embrace of the heavens.

Regards,
Kasaru Family

Narayana Babu Kasaru

Farewell for our father’s journey to the heavens

It is with profound sadness that I share the passing of our beloved father, Narayana Babu Kasaru who left us on 5/18/2024, precious Ekadashi day at the age of 73, surrounded by his loving family and friends in his final moments.

He was a man of immense humor, a legacy of laughter, love and wisdom, cherishing every moment spent with his loved ones..Throughout his journey, he fulfilled his life by enjoying every moment with laughter and light, being grateful with what life gave him and always kept a smile on his face and put happiness around him. As a beacon of positivity, he remained unwavering in his commitment to living life to the fullest, inspiring those around them to do the same. Even with financial struggles since childhood, he raised himself, his mother, sisters and all four of his children to settle in a good position here in the US teaching them to be compassionate, hardworking and fortunate while still keeping a smile on his face.

A beloved husband, father, brother, father-in-law, grandpa, friend, and mentor, he touched countless lives with his boundless compassion and generosity. His innate ability to uplift others and spread happiness was unparalleled, leaving an indelible mark on the world around him.

In honoring my father’s memory, let us strive to carry forward his legacy of joy and laughter. May we cherish each moment, find beauty in the world around us, and spread kindness and smile and stay happy wherever we go. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will forever live on in the memories we hold dear.

Please attend my father’s funeral ceremony as details provided below to give him the happiest send off for his journey to heavens. May his journey be guided by angels, and may he find eternal rest in the embrace of the heavens.

Regards,
Kasaru Family

Narayana Babu Kasaru

Enjoy Life and Be Happy as Narayana Babu Kasaru did!

Jordan Ferenc

Jordan Haggerty Ferenc, 42, passed away after a long illness, on May 7, 2024, at home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Freer Dubose Goodbody and his daughter, Miller June Ferenc.
Jordan was born in Greenwich, CT, to Beth Haggerty Ferenc and the late John David Ferenc. He is also survived by his two sisters, Jaculin A F West (J. Matthew) and Jill Irene Ferenc along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and good friends.
Jordan graduated from New Canaan High School in 2000 and Southern Connecticut State University in 2006. Before his illness, he worked as a property insurance adjustor in Chicago and Westchester.
High school sweethearts, Jordan and Freer moved to Chicago shortly before they were married in 2009 and spent five happy years there. After the birth of their daughter in 2012, they moved back to Connecticut, bought a house in Stamford, and happily raised their family including two black labradors, beloved Cashew and Walnut, and cats, Pastachio, Banana Nut Muffin, and Coconut, all rescues.
Jordan loved all things NY Giants and was a fanatic about keeping certain traditions when they won, including what he ate, where he sat, and who had the honor of watching the games with him. Jordan also made a playlist he would blast after each victory. Good times. He loved attending Giants games throughout high school, college and beyond, with several family members and good friends. Go Giants!
Burial will be private and there are no calling hours. A Celebration of Jordan’s Life will be held on a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to RVCL Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, https://rvcl-research.wustl.edu/giving This research is important to find a cure for this rare genetic disease.
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Manuel Vetti

Manuel W. Vetti, Sr., a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Stamford Hospital with his family at his side. Manuel was born in Stamford on September 17, 1925, to the late Frank and Ortenza Toto Vetti. Manuel was 98 years old at the time of his passing.

Born and raised in Stamford, Manuel attended Stamford public schools, Stamford High School, and was a graduate of J.M. Wright Technical High School. He went on to serve his country in the WWII era and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. A driven and determined self-made man, Manuel founded Acme Electrical Company of Stamford, a successful electrical contracting company still in operation today. He also purchased property on Hamilton Avenue and, on a wing and a prayer, built the Bowlarama bowling alley in Stamford, which he ran with his brother Frank for many years.

Mr. Vetti was very active in Stamford’s civic and business communities and was a past president and longtime board of director member at the Italian Center. He was the last surviving member of the five Founding Fathers of the Italian Center at its present location at 1620 Newfield Avenue. They had a vision of establishing a place within the Italian community to preserve the culture and heritage of Italian migrants and their families. The very distinguished group of gentlemen, from a generation that cannot be replaced, consisted of Ralph Grevasio, Nicholas Mercede, Cleante Pimpinella, Mario DeCarlo, and Manuel Vetti. The American flag at the Italian Center in Stamford will be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Manuel’s exceptional life and legacy. He was also instrumental in the formation of Columbus Park in downtown Stamford and the installation of the Columbus statue that resides there. He was a past Postmaster, a member of the St. Augustine Council, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was also active in, and the oldest living member of, the Gravinese Mutual Aid Society.

He was a principled man who lived a life believing in decency towards others, and a life of ethical and moral purpose. He was a true pillar of his community, always giving freely of himself, and doing so with a kind word and a smile on his face. He was a gracious man who will be sadly missed, and his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Manuel was preceded in death in 2016 by his beloved wife of 70 years, Frances Baron Vetti, whom he had first met at the young age of 14 years old. He is survived by his sons, Manuel W. Vetti, Jr. (Bonnie), Bruce Vetti, Sr. (Debbie); daughter-in-law, Laura Vetti; grandchildren, Tamara Vetti (Craig Martin), Manuel W. Vetti III (Sarah), Bruce Vetti, Jr. (Lisa), Anthony Vetti (Jenna), Michael Vetti, Kevin Vetti (Brooke), and Jacquelyn Spezzano (Michael IV); and great-grandchildren, Daniel, Bennett, Peter, Aiden, Brooke, Olivia, Spencer, Lily, Rebecca, Manuel IV, and Frankie.

In addition to his wife, Manuel was predeceased by his son Wayne Vetti and his great grandson Anthony Vetti, Jr.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Monday, May 13, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home on the morning of Tuesday, May 14th and proceed to St. Cecilia R.C. Church, 1184 Newfield Avenue, in Stamford for a mass of Christian burial at 10:30AM. The interment with military honors will follow mass at St. John Cemetery, Darien.

The family would like to acknowledge Manuel’s caregivers, Marika and Nelly, and thank them for their kindness and for their compassionate care. A special thanks is given to Bonnie, Manuel’s daughter-in-law, for the years she spent making sure Manuel’s household was taken care of and for directing his health care. It was due to her selfless care that Manuel was able to remain comfortably in the home that he built with his 2 little dogs by his side.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Manuel’s name to The Italian Center Scholarship Fund at www.italiancenter.org/donate/

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

Nida Gagarin

Ralph Knapp

Ralph Edwin Knapp, Jr., 88, a lifelong Stamford resident, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2024. Ralph was born in Stamford on May 4, 1935 to the late Ralph Edwin and Helen Corcoran Knapp, Sr.
Ralph graduated from Stamford High School in 1953 and joined the United States Navy Reserves. In 1957, he decided to follow his father’s footsteps and he was hired as a Police Officer with the City of Stamford. Ralph proudly and honorably served as a Police Officer for 26 years. After he retired from the Police Department, he became Service Manager at Grassi Oldsmobile-Cadillac and started his own construction business. In 1994, Ralph took on the role as President of the Stamford Retired Police Association. Ralph was also a former President of the High Ridge Cemetery.
Ralph was actively involved in local politics as he previously served on the Republican Town Committee. In his free time, he liked to travel to North Conway, New Hampshire where he enjoyed snowmobiling and skiing. Nothing made him happier than becoming a grandfather and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his son Robert Knapp and his wife Jessica, his nephew James Purcell, his grandchildren Joseph, Thomas, Elizabeth and Abigail, as well as his lifelong friends Madeleine and Alan Sleath.
Besides his parents, Ralph is predeceased by his sons Ralph E. Knapp, III and Richard Allen Knapp and his sister Grace Doblander.
A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at High Ridge Cemetery, 2970 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. There will be no calling hours. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
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Toni Smith

Toni Rosemary Smith, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with her loving family at her side on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Toni was born on January 14, 1946, in Stamford, and was one of six children born to the late Stephen and Fay (Palo) Vento.
Toni enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She had a strong love for God and the Catholic faith.
Toni is survived by her son Barry Smith (Gina) of Redding, CT, daughter Deirdre Fedele (Danny) of Shelton, CT; grandchildren Andrew, Victoria and Joseph; sisters Shiela Vento of Fairfield, CT and Dolores Riordan of Stamford, CT; brothers Jeff Vento of Canterbury, CT and Steve “Butch” Vento of Foster, RI; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Peter Vento.
Funeral services for Toni were held privately according to Toni’s wishes.
Toni’s Daughter would like to thank all the Wonderful & Caring staff at Cambridge Health & Rehabilitation in Fairfield, CT for taking such great care of her Mom over the past few years.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org/donate.
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