William Michelotti, Jr.

William M. Michelotti, Jr., 32, of Stamford passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023. He was born on September 4, 1990 in Greenwich to William M. Michelotti, Sr. and Deborah Lynn Michelotti.
Will was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed snowboarding and time on the water paddle-boarding with his friends and family. He loved cooking, gardening, and fishing. He was an impactful and loyal friend to everyone who met him. Above all, he was a man that cherished his family and was the best son and brother he could be. Besides his parents, William is survived by his sisters, Cassie O’Connor and her husband Chris and Jessica Michelotti, both of Stamford, as well as his maternal grandmother, Linda Masciola of Stamford.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Clare Michelotti and his maternal grandfather, Anthony Masciola.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 4:00-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 10:30 AM at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in William’s memory to a cause that will help prevent losses like this: Shatterproof, 101 Merritt Seven, Norwalk, CT 06851
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Antonio Pelli

Antonino (“Antonio”) Pelli, 87, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2023 surrounded by his beloved wife, Catherina Pelli, their children and grandchildren. Antonio was born in the beautiful mountainside town of Arena, Catanzaro in Italy on April 14, 1935, to the late Dominick and Mariantonenetta Pelli.
In 1955, Antonio made the courageous decision to leave his hometown and travel to America by the Andrea Doria ship, so that he could work to create a better life for himself and his future family. Antonio set his roots in Stamford, Connecticut and immediately became involved with the local church and Italian-American community.
After saving up from his initial years of working, Antonio returned to Arena, Italy in 1958 to marry Catherina Arruzza. The newlyweds welcomed their first child, Dominick, in 1959, and together, the three of them moved to America on July 4th, 1960. In Stamford, Connecticut, Antonio and Catherina welcomed four additional children: Joseph, Frank, Antoinette, and Anthony, who tragically passed away as an infant.
By day, Antonio worked as a construction laborer foreman for the CeCio Brothers in Greenwich, Connecticut. During his time there, at the age of 40, Antonio suffered a tragic accident that disabled him and no longer allowed him to work. By his faith and perseverance, he eventually recovered from the accident and continued to live a fruitful life. In honor of this miracle, Antonio dedicated his life to his faith and family. He was a devoted parishioner at the Sacred Heart Church in Stamford. Antonio also enjoyed making homemade sopressata with his wife Catherina, tending to his garden, making homemade wine and watching wrestling.
By far, Antonio’s greatest legacy is his family. Antonio is survived by his devoted wife, Catherina Arruzza Pelli of Stamford, his loving children, Dominick Pelli of Stamford, Joseph Pelli and his wife Gail of Upton, MA, Frank Pelli and his wife Anita of New Canaan and Antoinette Pelli of Stamford. Also surviving are his adored grandchildren, Anthony, Taryn, Janelle, Zachary and wife Cristina, Tyler and wife Kelsie, Cassandra and husband Benjamin, Austin, Lucas, Faith, Brooke, Nick and wife Margaux, Michael, Matthew, Dylan, Ryan and great grandchild, Anthony, as well as his sister, Maria of Australia.
Antonio is predeceased by his parents, Dominick and Mariantonenetta Pelli, his son, Anthony, and two sisters, MaryAnn Arruzza and Felicia Figliuzzi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Mausoleum in Darien. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Mass Intentions be made in Antonio’s memory to Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 Stamford or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Drew Karwosky

Drew Rhodes Bachman Karwosky
In the early hours of Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Drew Karwosky peacefully passed away with her family by her side. She was 69.
Drew was born on March 10, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY and later moved to the Shippan area of Stamford, CT with her parents; Allan E. and Florence D. Bachman. Her father Allan, was Executive Vice President of the Better Business Bureau and was the author of two books “A Guide to National Advertising” and “Do’s and Don’ts in Advertising Copy.”
Drew attended Low Heywood School in Stamford, CT and had a passion for horses and figure skating. Her enjoyment for the ice continued as she raised her children, and culminated in her involvement with Stamford Youth Hockey as one of the first female coaches.
Drew also had a passion for working with children. She spent the last 23 years of her career as the Office Manager at ROSCCO Stamford School Community Organization Inc, while simultaneously tutoring ESL, ELL and learning disabled adults and children.
Drew is survived by her daughter Karin (Mulvey), son Joseph David, and grandchildren Kayla Elizabeth (Mulvey) and Joseph David Jr.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Nicholas F Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave – Stamford, CT from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
A mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, February 27, 2023 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Ave – Stamford, CT at 10:00am.
Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, 66 Woodland Pl – Stamford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Drew’s honor and memory to ROSCCO Stamford School Community Organization Inc.
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Genevieve Dembowski

Genevieve (Jennie, Jean, Jen, Genia) Dembowski died Thursday, February 23 three months short of her 99th birthday. Born in Greenwich in 1924, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Agnes Szczech Muskus.
She is survived by her son Walter (Tom Mariconda) of Shelton and her daughter Dorothy (Antonia Polcini) of Greenwich. Also three nieces, three nephews, and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Victor. Also four sisters: Anna Rupp; Victoria Zalewski; Josephine Rupp; and Julia Bruno. And three nephews: James Bruno; Blaise Bruno; and Edward Rupp.

Those are the basic facts of Genevieve’s life and death. But there is so much more to say about her.
She was the youngest of five daughters who, when they grew up, would be known collectively to many as the Muskus Girls. Her father died in 1929, just before her fifth birthday and about the time the Great Depression would begin. She and her older sisters did whatever they could to help their mother, who worked so hard and struggled so much to raise her girls during such difficult times.
Genevieve attended Greenwich public schools and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1942.
From then on until she retired, except for taking some years off to raise her two children, she worked as a secretary either full-time or part-time at several businesses in Greenwich and Stamford.
Working was a necessity. But “Good Time Jennie” as she was nicknamed by herself and others really loved to party and have fun with her friends. And most especially, she loved to dance.
At one of the then fairly frequent Polish dances in the area, she met Victor, the man she would marry on July 24, 1954. As had her sisters and their husbands before her, Genevieve and Victor lived for about two years in her mother’s house on Northfield Street in Greenwich while they saved up enough money to buy a home.
They moved into their own home with their sixteen-month-old son in October 1956. Genevieve would live in that house at 147 Knickerbocker Avenue in the Springdale section of Stamford for the next 63 years. But she always thought of herself as a Greenwich girl and a proud Fourth-Warder, referring to the largely working-class section of Greenwich where she had grown up.
In that house on the corner of Knickerbocker and Clearview Avenues, Genevieve and Victor raised two children with love: their son Walter and daughter Dorothy, who was born in December 1963. Amid all the chores and tasks they shared, they danced to records in the living room and to the radio in the kitchen. And Jennie tried so very hard to teach her two children to dance.
Genevieve and Victor were married for 39 years until his death in August 1993. Her life was never the same afterwards and she often would say how much she wanted to once again be with her husband.
But she continued to enjoy visiting or talking with family and friends while making new friends at several seniors groups. And she treasured time spent with CocoPuff, her daughter’s adorable cockapoo.
She also enjoyed bingo, cards, jigsaw puzzles and, for as long as she could, bowling. And of course dancing, even at her 90th birthday party.
She took great pride in keeping up her yard and was often told by commuters heading down Clearview to the train station that her yard looked much better than theirs.
She cared deeply about her neighborhood and the several generations of neighbors – especially the children – who lived nearby. And she cared about Springdale as a founding member of the Springdale Neighborhood Association.
A lifelong Catholic, Genevieve attended services first at St. Mary’s in Greenwich, then at Holy Name in Stamford and for decades at St. Cecelia’s.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, 1184 Newfield Avenue, in Stamford. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery on North Street in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, to Adopt-a-Dog in Greenwich, or to a charity of your choice.

Jerri Lavoie

Jerri I. Lavoie, age 69 , a resident of Stamford passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 22, 2023. She was born in Stamford on June 25, 1953 to the late Basil and Jeannene Duren Davis. Jerri was an exceptional loving wife to Donald J. Lavoie Jr of 46 years.
Jerri is survived by her loving children, Tina Pajeski and her husband William of East Haven and Donald J. Lavoie III and his wife Carla of Norwalk, as well as her grandchildren, Krislynn, Marissa, William, Autumn, Chance and three great grandchildren, Kai, Avery and Spencer. Also surviving is her brother, Joseph Davis and his wife Barbara of Danbury and two sisters, Judi Labbadia and her husband David of Hall, NY and Jean Davis of Stamford.
Besides her parents, Jerri was also predeceased by her brother, Jeffrey Davis.
Jerri started her career as a waitress at 17 years old working for Friendly’s Ice Cream. She finalized her career after 27 years as a manager. Upon retiring from Friendly’s, she found her calling as a nanny. Over 25 years she worked for 4 loving families and had a unique relationship with all of them.
Jerri was an AVID crocheter, as she called them “Hug Blankets.” Her blankets are all over the world and anyone who has received a blanket knows it’s a hug from Jerri.
Our mother was a phenomenal Wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed traveling to Vermont and especially loved going to Upstate New York to visit her “Seester” Judi. Our mother was loved by so many and will be missed dearly.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Tuesday February 28th 2023 from 4:00-8:00 PM.
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Frank Scarvey

Frank M. Scarvey, 78, of Stamford, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on February 16, 2023. He was born September 29, 1944, to the late Pauline (Salvatore) and Dominick “West” Scarvey.
Frank was a native of Stamford and grew up on Connecticut Avenue where he forged many lifelong friendships. He was gifted with a quick wit and a personality that was larger than life and was always the life of the party. Frank was never without his trademark toothpick in his mouth. He cherished his family, enjoyed his Sunday macaroni dinners and treasured his Harleys and Cadillacs.
Frank was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union #191 and drove a concrete mixer for Telesco, Genovese and O&G Industries for many years before his retirement.
Frank will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He is survived by his devoted wife, Carole; stepsons James “JR” and John Meceli; his siblings, Jane (Charles) Dicine and Roy Scarvey; nephews David (Katie), Daniel (Shannon), and Sean (Sherry) Scarvey; Todd (June) and Scott (Heidi) Dicine; and his niece, Kelly (Vince) Puletti along with many great-nieces, nephews and extended family. He also leaves behind his dear friends, Charlie and Cathy Turcio. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Bonnie Scarvey.
The family would like to thank Frank’s caregivers with a special thank you to Simone Allum.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, 230 Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.
Frank left us too soon but while we had him, it was wonderful!
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Toula Vakos

Toula Vakos, a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, February 17, 2023 with her family at her side. She was born in Kalamata, Greece on November 18, 1928 and was one of eight children born to the late Gregory and Maria Gianukakis Katsaros. Toula was 94 years old at the time of her passing.

Toula was devoted to her faith. She was a long time member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and of the Ladies Philoptochos Society. She regularly volunteered her time at church and loved to spend her time tending to her garden and cooking traditional Greek meals. But above all else, Toula was most content spending time with her family and grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones, and her memory will live eternal in their hearts.

Toula was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Vakos, in 2016 and is survived by her children Paul Vakos and wife Patricia of Branford, CT, Maria Bennett and husband Don of Warwick, RI, Vasso Pierne and husband Edward of North Haven, CT and Georgia Grasso and husband Paul of New Fairfield, CT; her nine grandchildren, Liana, Johnny, Debra, Brian, Ali, Michael, PJ, Nicki and Melanie; six great grandchildren; brothers, George and Jimmy Katsaros; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her husband and parents Toula was preceded in death by her siblings Pete Katsaros, Joanna Michelis, Voula Moustaka, Angelica Panopoulos and Georgia Varotsis.

Friends and family may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT on Tuesday, February 21st from 4PM to 8PM with a Trisagion service to begin at 7PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10AM at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905. The Rev. Fr. Evan Evangelidis will preside over the services. The interment will immediately follow the service at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford.

In lieu of flowers donations in Toula’s memory are encouraged and may be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905.

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Jennifer Beardsley

Jennifer Pleasic Beardsley passed away at age 68 on Sunday, February 12th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born Jennifer Pleasic in Stamford, CT on August 13, 1954, she is preceded in death by her parents Ambrose A. Pleasic and Anna Potts Pleasic, her sister Geraldine Scherrer and brother-in-law Brian Denyer.
A graduate of Darien High School, she attended Western New England College in Springfield, MA, where she earned a BA in Psychology. Upon graduation she worked in Human Resources for Federated Department Stores, Inc. at Macy*s in Stamford, CT until her retirement in 2017.
She is survived by her husband Richard D. Beardsley; her two sons Jamie M. Beardsley and Dennis G. Beardsley, and his partner Kelly Goodrich; her two grandchildren Nora and Rory Beardsley; her stepson Alec Beardsley; her daughter-in-law Eva Beardsley and her step granddaughter Jaylene Jenkins. Jennifer is also survived by her sister Suzanne Judy; her brother Thomas Pleasic; sisters-in-law Debbie Pleasic, Valerie Denyer, Sharon Beardsley and Brenda Beardsley; brothers-in-law Gordon Beardsley, Michael Beardsley and John Judy; nieces Corrin Bouslaugh and Diana Scherrer; nephews Derek Judy, Jeffery Pleasic and Stephen, Douglas and David Scherrer and many cousins.
As per her wishes there will be no viewing and/or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bennett Cancer Center c/o the Stamford Hospital Foundation, 3001 Summer St., 2nd Floor, Stamford, CT 06905 or at https://support.stamfordhospitalfoundation.org
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Joseph Kung

Joseph M.C. Kung (“Joe”), the Kung family stalwart and an ardent advocate for the persecuted underground Roman Catholic Church in China, passed away in the early morning hours of February 14, 2023. He was one month shy of his 91st birthday.

Born in Shanghai, China to a distinguished 6th generation Catholic family, he was the second of eight children of Dr. Vincent Kung, a surgeon, and Theresa Yao, a homemaker.

He lived a life of faith, courage, and principle. Always taking the long view, he fought for what was right and just for both his family and so many others.

At 18 years old in 1950 soon after the Communist took over China, he left Shanghai to be reunited with his father who had fled to Hong Kong months earlier. As the border closed soon after, he could not see his siblings and his mother again for almost 30 years. His father died two years later, leaving him penniless and alone. Joe’s family remains forever grateful to Shanghainese family friends who assisted Joe during this time.

Joe is a proud beneficiary of the Refugee Relief Act of 1953. As a recipient of one of 2,000 visas granted to Chinese refugees, he relocated in 1955 to Ohio and enrolled at John Carroll University. He worked full time throughout his entire four years to put himself through school, graduating in 1959. He continued his education culminating with 2 MBAs – one each from (Case) Western Reserve University and Wayne State University. He was a CPA by trade.

Eventually, he returned to Hong Kong where he married his future wife, Agnes, in 1968. They were blessed with the birth of his four surviving children. A lifelong fervent American patriot, Joe is forever grateful to the United States for his many opportunities including the relocation of his young family to Stamford, CT in 1979 to the home that he lived in for the remainder of his life.

Aside from his four children, Joe is most proud of three accomplishments. First, the joy of facilitating the immigration of his mother and six siblings along with their immediate families to the United States. Seeing them happily retired and the next generation blossoming in the land of freedom was one of his greatest joys.

Second, keeping alive the memory of then Bishop (now Cardinal) Kung and successfully fighting for his release in 1987 after 32 years of incarceration in China for his religious beliefs and leadership.

Third, establishing in 1992 the Cardinal Kung Foundation not only to promote the persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China, but also to champion the cause for Cardinal Kung’s canonization. Joe Kung testified to Congress on multiple occasions, convinced 54 members of Congress to sign a letter to China’s Premier pleading for Cardinal Kung’s release, served as an expert witness to gain asylum for over 30 individuals or families of verified persecuted underground Catholics, and supported hundreds of underground clergy and nuns in renowned European seminaries and universities. His dedication, supported by his Board of Directors, resulted in both awards and condemnation including the Cardinal Mindszenty Award and being named as the biggest enemy of the Chinese government approved Patriotic Association catholic church by one director of a major religious community.

Joe was also a hobbyist inventor, a founder of two companies, a lifelong lover of classical music, a connoisseur of sweets, and above all, a loving dedicated family man.

Joe was predeceased by his older sister Ming Zhu, his beloved parents Dr. Vincent Kung and Theresa Yao Kung, as well as his cherished uncle Ignatius Cardinal Kung. He is survived by his wife of 54 years (Agnes), four children and their spouses (Terese Kung & Tom Scally, John Kung, Francis Kung & Colleen Sharkey-Kung, and Mary Kung), and granddaughter Thea Kung; six siblings and their spouses (Min Sun & Hong Qi Kung, Margaret & Ignatius Chu, Michael and Amy Kung, Peter & Mary Kung, Margaret and David Pang, Martha Ming Kung & John C. Hung); nine nephews and nieces and their spouses, and eight grand nephews and nieces.

Friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, February 24, 2023, from 4:30-7:00 PM (with eulogy at 5:30pm). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Cardinal Kung Foundation www.cardinalkungfoundation.org

Joseph Bernardo, Sr.

Joseph A. Bernardo, Sr., 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at St. Camillus Health Care of Stamford. He was born in Stamford on November 8, 1928 to the late Angelo and Marie Zezima Bernardo.
Joseph was employed at Wendon, Inc as a Supervisor in manufacturing for 56 years before retiring. Joseph was an avid gardener and fix it man, as well as being an accomplished bowler and all around problem solver. Joseph was incredibly proud of his Italian heritage and traditions. Above all, Joseph was a hard-working and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his family and close friends most of all and always made everybody smile with his sense of humor and contagious positive energy.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Eleona Budziszewski Bernardo of Stamford, his loving children, Joseph A. Bernardo, Jr. of Wilton and Lisa Pine and her husband Arthur of Norwalk. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kyle Bernardo, Jessi Bernardo ,Samantha Pine and Dorien Pine,as well as his brother, Robert J. Bernardo and his wife Marybeth of FL.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 from 3:00-7:00 PM.
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