Armando Cid

Armando Cid, 92, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully at home on August 21st surrounded by loving family. He was born on June 24, 1931, in Houston, TX to the late William and Otila Quinones Cid.

As a teenager, Armando moved with family to Southern California. After high school and community college in Compton, CA, he attended USC where he earned both a BS and MS in Civil Engineering.

A Korean War veteran, he served in the Air National Guard anti-aircraft gun battalion, and as a 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force where he earned the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and U.N. Service Medal.

He began his 36-year career with the County of Los Angeles’ Public Works Division, working in positions ranging from Engineer to Assistant Director. He retired in 1989 after 3 years as Division Head of the Survey Division.

He was an active member, officer, friend and district leader of the Torrance, CA, Elks Lodge for many decades, as well as associate member of lodges in Oceanside, CA, Ventura, CA, and Stamford, CT.

Armando always had a smile for everyone, and enjoyed walking the family dogs, Yellow Lab Lucy and Golden Retriever Allie, for many years before heading out for happy hour at Margaritavilla at the Ventura Harbor or Amore in Stamford. He was much loved by everyone he met in his daily life and on the many cruises he enjoyed with family and friends to Europe, Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Bermuda. In fact, his last wish to go on a Cruise was fulfilled shortly before his passing. He has been loved by many and will be missed by all.

Armando is survived by his wife, Louise Werner of Stamford, his children, Taffle Meyer of Carson, CA; Pam Gorman of Oxnard, CA; Melissa Post of Olivenhain, CA, and Tracy Enters of Darien, CT, as well as 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his two wives, Jean Meyer in 1975 and Bernice Miller in 2002.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Sunday, August 27, 2023, from 1PM to 3PM, with a brief service beginning at 3PM. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Armando’s memory to the Amanda Post Foundation which was established in 2010 in honor of his granddaughter, a track star who was killed in a tragic auto accident just prior to matriculating at Cal Poly on an athletic scholarship. Donations may be sent to 829 Woodside Lane, Olivenhain, CA 92024-1936

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Ajay Sharma

Ajay Sharma, loving husband, father, and true friend to so many, passed away on Saturday, August 19th in Stamford. He was surrounded with his wife, Lois, and daughters, Nicole and Emma.

Ajay was born in New Delhi, India and was the son of the late Savitri (Renu) Sharma and Brahma Sharma. He was also predeceased by his brother Rakesh Sharma.

Ajay was raised in India and Afghanistan before moving to the U.S., the first in his family to do so. Ajay had dreams of building a better life here, and transformed that dream into a reality through perseverance, hard work, and determination.

Ajay met Lois in NYC in 1986 and they were married in 1991. They moved to Stamford in 1991 where they raised their daughters and forged a good life; making so many wonderful, lifelong friends along the way.

Ajay worked as a Regulatory Accountant for many years throughout the Tri-State Area, although his true passion was working as a tax accountant. His clients were devoted because he was a talented accountant that also willingly and freely gave them advice in so many other ways. We nicknamed him the “unofficial mayor of Stamford” as he would run into clients every time he left the house.

Ajay was very devoted to his family and friends. Ajay’s parents moved into the family home in 1995 to help raise Nicole and Emma. Ajay commuted long hours for most of his career, but always made time to be with Lois, attend Nicole’s ballet shows, and Emma’s ice skating and theater performances.

Over the last two years, Ajay fought a long and valiant battle with leukemia and his family is eternally grateful to all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Bennett Cancer Center, and Stamford Hospital for their compassionate care.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT. The service will also be streamed for friends and family who are unable to attend in person. Please visit to share an online condolence. To attend the funeral service via Zoom, please use:

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations in Ajay Sharma’s memory:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center –

LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) –

Be The Match –

Stamford Hospital –

Carlo Cavaliere

Carlo D. Cavaliere, 92, a lifelong resident of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, August 21, 2023, at The Villa of Stamford. Carlo fought to the very end. He was born in Stamford on June 3, 1931, to the late Frank and Filomena Pigro Cavaliere.
A graduate of Stamford High Class of 49. He attended Bridgeport Engineering Institute. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and the 6th Army Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco. Long time employee of Dorr Oliver and also worked as an estimator in the structural steel industry.
A pillar of the family, he strongly valued his friends and family. Was not only a gentleman but, a gentle man, loved by many; liked and respected by all! Carlo cherished his weekly Sunday phone calls with family and friends. Always willing to lend a helping hand. Enjoyed his frequent trips to Vermont, Tennessee, and Florida. The highlights of his European trips were meeting and visiting his Italian relatives.
Was an active member of the Italian Center Men’s Club. Enjoyed exercising daily, including swimming, one mile every other day. Bowling, bocce, and gardening were also favorite activities.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Barbara Mangano Cavaliere, his loving children, Vincent (Julie), Leslie, Carl, and Christopher (Katarzyna (Kasia)). Also surviving are his siblings, Theresa Savitz (Donald), Beatrice Cooke, and Dominick Cavaliere (Lois), as well as many nieces, nephews, great and grand nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Carlo was also predeceased by his siblings, Frank Cavaliere and wife Carmella, Carmela Portanova and husband Anthony, brother-in-law George Cooke, his niece and God daughter Terri Lynne Savitz, as well as in-laws, Anthony and Margaret Mangano.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of The Villa of Stamford for the exceptional care, not only provided to Carlo, but the support they provided to our family.
Prior to the funeral mass, the family will receive relatives and friends at the Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Entombment with Military Honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greenwich.
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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Carlo’s memory to VA Medical Center, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory are in charge of the arrangements.
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Carol Ienner

Carol A. Ienner, 77, a lifelong Stamford resident, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Stamford Hospital. She was born on December 2, 1945, to the late Frank and Sylvia (Cerulli) Sileo.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 56 years Jimmy Ienner, her devoted children, Jimmy Ienner, Jr., Lisa Ienner, and Tara Ferrajina (Rocco), as well as her grandchildren, Jagger, Cadence, and Ashton and her brother, Vito “Billy” Sileo (Peggy), and sister Sylvia Robertson (Gerry). Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Jeane Sileo. Besides Carol’s parents, she is pre-deceased by her brother Daniel Sileo.

She was a beautician by trade, but her real profession was her family and friends. She was an avid tennis player and a long-time volunteer for many schools and organizations. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church Rosary Altar Society. More important than anything was her love for her children and grandchildren. To know her is to love her and everybody did! She was a beautiful person inside and out.

A Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford Ct 06902. There will be no calling hours and Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Carol’s memory to the Hospice House of Fairfield County 1 Den Road, Stamford CT 06902 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

The Family would like to thank everyone who has loved our mother, as well as those who were lucky enough to share their love with our mom. A special thank you to Dr. Lo for his superb care and kindness, as well as to Father Carlos Rodrigues for officiating the mass.

Luisalfredo Albir

Luisalfredo Albir, a beloved son, grandson, brother, and friend to many, passed away unexpectedly at his home in the early morning hours of Monday, August 14th. A lifelong Stamford resident, Luisalfredo was born on February 19, 1992 and was one of three children born to Eddie and Kattia (Solis) Albir. He was only 31 years old at the time of his passing.
Luisalfredo is survived by his parents, Eddie and Kattia Albir; his two sisters, Angela and Kamilah Albir; his maternal grandparents, Luis Alberto Solis and Raquel Garcia; an uncle, Luis Alberto Solis; an aunt, Dayana Hashin; and extended family and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alfredo and Elizabeth Albir and his uncle, Edwin Roberto Albir.
Friends and family may offer their condolences and sympathy to the family, from 2:00PM to 6:00PM, on Saturday, August 19th at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, in Stamford, CT. A prayer service will take place during the calling hours. The interment will be private.
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Frank Tassitano

Frank J Tassitano Sr., a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully, on Sunday August 13th, 2023. Frank was born on April 30, 1947, to Leonard and Mary (Raino) Tassitano. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Rosanne DeSiato Tassitano their son, Frank Jr and his wife Tina as well as his beloved granddaughter Angela. His brother Joseph and his wife Jean (Nobile)Tassitano, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In 1965 after graduating from J.M. Wright Technical School as an Automobile mechanic he joined the Navy and was stationed on the USS Holland.
Frank was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1968. After leaving the Navy, Frank joined the Stamford Fire Department until his retirement
Frank loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and gardener. He also loved golf and had an effortless swing. For many years he coached youth baseball, basketball, and hockey. In 1978 he became President of the 13–15-year-old Babe Ruth league. Frank also loved car racing and was the crew chief of the Patchen Car #94. He enjoyed cooking, music and practicing his bass every day.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to: The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Franks honor to help fulfill his wish to help more people.
A Funeral Mass will be officiated by Father John Connaughton on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905. The family will be at the church to receive funeral guests at 9:30 am.
Interment will follow at St Johns Cemetery, 25 Camp Avenue, Darien Ct, 06820
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Dominic Desio

Dominic G. Desio, affectionately known as Don to family and friends, passed away at home, with his family at his side, on the evening of Saturday, August 12, 2023. Don was born in Port Chester, NY on May 29, 1941, and was one of two children born to the late Gerald and Ann Siclari Desio. He was 82 years old at the time of his passing.

Don was born and raised in Port Chester, NY. From a very young age it became apparent to his family that had a natural affinity for playing golf. He was a gifted child prodigy, playing in, and winning, amateur tournaments throughout the area until he turned professional in his early twenties. He graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in 1959 and from Iona College in 1964, and after completing his schooling he went on to work as head pro at Lakeover Country Club and Putnam Golf Club in Mahopac, NY. During that time, Don married the love of his life, Fran Calarco. Fran and Don settled in Stamford and began their family. Together, they owned and operated Scooters family delicatessen in Darien, CT for 16 years.

Don absolutely loved the game of golf. Playing it, watching it, everything about it. The game was a big part of his life. Above all else, Don was a family man who cared for his wife and daughter immensely. He will be greatly missed and his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Don is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Frances Calarco Desio; his beloved daughter, Melissa Melchionne and husband Gerard; his grandson, whom he adored, Nicholas Melchionne; sister Geraldine Desio and extended family and friends.

Family and friends may call on the evening of Tuesday, August 15th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. A procession will be leaving the funeral home on the morning of Wednesday, August 16th at 10:00AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM at St. Clement of Rome Church, 535 Fairfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06902.

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Domenico Iorfino

Domenico Iorfino (97), a self-made man who touched many lives, passed away on July 28, 2023, in Stamford, CT.

Domenico was born on May 30, 1926, in Arena, Italy. He left his homeland in pursuit of the American dream, arriving in the United States in 1948. He worked diligently to build a better life for himself and his family, and that dedication became the foundation of his success.

He was predeceased by his parents, Domenico and Elisabetta Greco Iorfino, his loving wife, Marianna (Sette) Iorfino, his brother, Pasquale Iorfino, his son, Dominic F. Iorfino, and his granddaughter, Jessica Ann Fornabia.

Domenico leaves behind three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Harakal (Warren), Francesca Fornabia, and Theresa N. Iorfino; his grandchildren, Douglas M. Harakal (Kristen Hall), Christina P. Harakal (Andrew Mitchell), Yvonne C. Iorfino (Simon Myers), Gregory D. Iorfino, Maryann F. Schinella, Robert C. Fornabia, Alixzandria Tarnowsky, Joezef Tarnowsky III, and Kazzandra Tarnowsky; and great-grandchildren, Alfonso Schinella, Alexander Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell, Siena Mitchell, Kai Myers, and Nico Myers.

Domenico made significant contributions to the Fairfield County community through the numerous homes he built with precision and skill. Examples of his brickwork can still be found around Stamford at locations like Dolan Middle School and the arches on Broad Street.

He found serenity in the simple joys of life, including photography, strolls along the shores of Cove Island and Hollywood Beach, FL, and nature (ensuring all the neighborhood birds—and squirrels—were well-fed). Any visitor to his home will recall the aroma of freshly brewed espresso, one of his favorite indulgences.

Those who knew Domenico will remember him as a man of strong character and unwavering dedication to his family. His presence will be deeply missed in their lives.

Services and interment were held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to donate to any charity in Domenico’s honor.

Emanuel Blosio

Emanuel “Manny” Blosio, 91 years old, a lifelong Stamford resident, passed away peacefully at his home on August 6, 2023. Manny was born in Marcianise, Italy on November 2, 1931 to the late Enrico Blosio and Assunta Lasco Blosio.
Manny graduated from Stamford High School in 1949. He served in the Naval Reserve for two years then the US Army as Sergeant First Class Technical (1951-1954) in the 60th Recon Company, where he saw combat in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education. He was a charter member and past Grand Knight of the Fr. Myron V. Miller Council #5833 of the Knights of Columbus. Manny taught Fine Arts and Stagecraft at Rippowam High School/Rippowam Cluster. He was the co-founder of the Board of Education Summer Theater (B.E.S.T). He was a Boy Scout Leader, Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, Board of Rec Playground Counselor and an assistant for the St. Cecilia Youth Group (CYO) and many other local organizations. Many knew and called him “Great Bloz”. He never missed any activities his children and grandchildren participated in.
Manny is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosemarie Marrucco Blosio, sons, Richard (Allison), Robert (Pamela), Randal (Lisa), daughter Robyn-Anne Blosio (Bova), sister Antoniette Macchio, and sister-in-law Carole Marrucco, eleven grandchildren, Anthony (Jennifer), Nick (Jenn), Brooke, Jaclyn (Reese), Robert (Kimberly),Teresa (Thomas), Emily, Rudy, Paul Jr (Kendra), Antonia, Julia (Joshua) and three great-grandchildren, A.J., Luca Emanuel and Summer Blaise and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Nina Vaccaro (Joseph), sister-in-law Carmela (Marrucco) Flandreau (Theodore) and brothers-in-law Joseph Marrucco and William Macchio, and nephew John Reidy.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, August 12th at St. Cecilia Church 1184 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10:00 AM. The inurnment with military honors will immediately follow mass at St. John Cemetery, Darien, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Parish of St. Cecilia – St. Gabriel, The Bennett Cancer Center, One Hospital Plaza, Stamford, CT 06902, The Fr. Myron V. Miller Council #5833 of the Knights of Columbus, The Parish of St. Cecilia – St. Gabriel or to a charity of your choice.
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