Andrew Torre

Andrew R. Torre, 91, of Stamford, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2022. Andrew was born in Larchmont, NY on June 21, 1931 to the late John and Juanita Farrell Torre.
“Buddy” as he was known to all was a loving husband, father, grandfather & uncle. He was known for his jokes (sometimes bad ones at that) and his infectious laughter. He was a modest man but when in a room full of people he was the life of the party. He served his country in the United States Army. He was an avid & die-hard New York Giants fan no matter how much they lost. He was also a self-taught musician. He could play the Ukulele, Organ, Guitar, and Harmonica. He will be missed by many.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife, for over 65 years, Carolyn Mancusi Torre, his daughter Patricia Ann Crowley of Milford, his son John Torre of Stamford and his beloved granddaughter, Christina Torre.
Besides his parents, Andrew is predeceased by his sister Evelyn Folz and son-in-law Russell Crowley.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Friday July 29, 2022 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM at St. Maurice R.C. Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford. Inurnment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Andrew’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Eleanore Gallagi

Eleanore Lillian Gallagi, 97, of West Haven , formerly of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2022 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Eleanore was born on September 20, 1924 in Bronx, NY to the late Joseph and Lillian Kopp Sauter.
Eleanore was a devoted mother to her 6 children and also fostered many kids throughout her lifetime. Eleanore loved playing poker, canasta and bingo with family and friends, and was an avid reader and storyteller. Eleanore loved to dance, was funny, witty and always the life of the party. Eleanore who was fondly called Momma, Gram, Dodo, Aunt Ella, Mama “saurus”, Ella Bella and Dinosaur (long story) always showed her family unconditional love and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Eleanore is survived by her children; John Gallagi, Faith Klingele and her husband Ed, James Gallagi and his wife Mary, Joanne Montgomery and her long-term partner Sean McCabe, Jose Perez and Alvin Perez, as well as her grandchildren, Korben, James, Debbie, Brian, Maria Christina, Sierra, Maxwell, Jenna and Ryan. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Stephen, Brittany, Abbi, Andrew, Maddy, Arlo and Amira.
Besides her parents, Eleanore is predeceased by her husband Angelo Carmine Gallagi and brother Joseph Sauter.
The family would like to give a special thank you to our sister in law, Vicky Perez and Sarah, Andrew, Shelly from Masonic care Hospice, who took great care of our mother.
A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Church of St. Cecilia, 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford at 10:30 AM . Interment will be private. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.
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June Wood

June Ann Wood, 82 was a lifelong resident of Stamford. She passed away peacefully into God’s welcoming arms at Stamford Hospital on Sunday, July 17, 2022. June was born on June 17, 1940, daughter of the late Samuel and Margaret (Frano) Potolicchio. June was predeceased by her beloved husband of 35 years, James H. Wood, Jr. who nicknamed her June bug. She was also predeceased by her brother and sister in-laws from the Wood family. June is survived by her brothers Samuel, Kenneth, and William Potolicchio. Her daughters Carol-Ann Siciliano, Elizabeth-Ann Wood, Jennifer-Marie Heslin and her husband Micheal. Many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces/nephews and her fur grand pups, Lily, Milo, and Jojo. She was so proud of her family. She attended Rice Elementary School and Stamford high school, class of 1958. She worked at Stamford Superior Drugs for many years. June was a devote catholic and a longtime member of St. Mary’s RC Church. She was a member of the Rosary Society, Prayer Group, a former CCD teacher of second grade and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered her time for the church fairs and numerous church events. Her church life provided her with joy and friendships. Her early years were spent in downtown Stamford on Cottage St., until the family moved to into their new home on Hubbard Ave. Later to reside in the Cove area. She enjoyed bowling, family picnics, playing cards, praying the Rosary and short boat rides. Later in life she liked to play bingo, work on word searches and activities with peers. She was a loving and caring mother. She was dedicated to her family, friends and pets which she adored. She was kind, had a heart of gold, loved unconditionally, showed compassion and had a giving spirit. She was always willing to lend a hand or an ear to listen. She faced life with resiliency and a smile. Her loving nature and sweet soul will be deeply missed. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, on Friday July 22, 2022, from 8:30- 10:30 am. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM following the calling hours at St. Mary’s RC Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford, CT 06902. Interment will be held St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in June’s memory to St. Mary’s Church, Stamford, or a charity of your choice.
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Louise Winter

Louise “Scottie” Peebles Winter age 94 of Norwalk, CT passed away peacefully on July 7, 2022.
Born in Stamford in January 1928 to the late Charles and Agnes Macdonald Peebles, who had recently immigrated from their native Scotland, Louise was raised in Stamford with her brother John and sister Millicent, where she graduated Stamford HS in 1945. In 1949, she earned her Bachelor degree and teaching certificate at Danbury State Teachers College – now Western Connecticut State University.
Upon graduation, Louise taught elementary school in Darien, CT for many years inclusive of a break while her children were young, through her retirement in 1992. She often recounted her great memories of the classroom, her students and her experiences as both a teacher and Asst. Principal at Tokeneke and Hindley schools. In the early 1950’s Louise took the opportunity to teach overseas for several years in Saudi Arabia for the ARAMCO oil company and it gave her a passion for travel and an inquisitiveness and respect for all people and their cultures. Married for 30 years to her loving husband and WWII veteran Harold E. Winter who died in 1986, Louise was a Norwalk resident since 1956.
A lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Louise served the congregation as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and Elder for years. She shared many strong and long-lasting friendships among members of the church, the Ascension Beach Club, and her neighbors. A voracious reader and a great sports fan, Louise was a passionate follower of her beloved Mets and UConn basketball.
Louise is survived by her loving family; daughter and caregiver Nancy in Norwalk, her sons Charles and wife Catherine in Fairfield, CT, Robert and partner Erica in Norwalk, Henry and wife Jennifer in Palm Coast, FL, as well as her brother John and wife Frances in Burbank, CA. She was also very proud of her grandchildren, Kimberly, Emily, Elizabeth, Madison and Robert, as well as her nine nieces and nephews and their families.
Calling hours will be held on Friday July 22nd from 4-8pm at Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave. Stamford. Funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church 1101 Bedford St. Stamford at 10:30am on Saturday July 23rrd with burial at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Highland Green Foundation for First Presbyterian’s Creative Learning program and Capital Campaign
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Pia DeLuca

It is with great sadness and much love that the family of Pia DeLuca, 82, announces her peaceful passing on July 9, 2022. She is survived by her daughter Marina Pia DeLuca of Stamford, her cherished nieces and nephews, Lisa, Tina, Suzanna, Joseph, Jessica, Angela and Michael and all their children. A long list of friends will mourn Pia, especially Beverleigh Shaylor, Teresa Fusco, Rocco Rosatti, Rosa Colacurcio, and Theodosio Mallozzi.
Pia was born in Scauri, a picturesque seaside village in Minturno, Italy on January 24, 1940 to the late Augusto and Lucia Rizzi D’Urso. Pia immigrated to America in 1958 on the ocean liner Cristoforo Colombo. She reunited with her family in Stamford on Spruce Street in the city’s West Side. She soon graduated from Beauty School and became a hairdresser at the Vogue Beauty Salon on Summer Street. Pia continued to work as a hairdresser throughout her life, only recently stopping at age 81. Most of her clients were with her for over 50 years getting their hair done weekly. She often commented on how lucky she was to have them in her life – discussing all the topics of the day, politics, gossip, sadness and joy. She was the best listener in town and gave sage advice.
Later in life, Pia worked as a union factory worker on the third shift at Clairol/Procter & Gamble on Cove Road. She would do her hair clients in the morning, take a nap in the afternoon, watch General Hospital, leave for the shift and be home after midnight. This tireless devotion to a job well done is reflected not only in her vast catalog of textile art, but in the culinary wonders she cooked, her love of gardening, orchids and flowers.
Pia’s lifelong love of textile art started when she took classes in lacemaking with the nuns in Italy. It evolved into embroidery, sewing, crewel work, dressmaking, seamstress, and pattern making. Her work reflecting a specialized eye in fabric selection, color symmetry and attention to detail. In the last 30 years, her skills took flight in the world of quilting. All of her combined expertise and gifts have made her a superb quilter of high repute. Her work has been hung in local museums, it graces many people’s homes and is on permanent display on the 2nd floor of the Tully Health Center. After the burial, her work will be on view outdoors for a traditional “quilt hang” at the family home for all to admire at a Celebration of Life gathering.
Pia would quickly tell you that her greatest gift was her daughter and her daughter would retort that her greatest gift was her mother. In the 1970s Pia became an early patient of a fertility specialist at Yale New Haven – driving too weekly for treatments for seven years only to find a malignancy on her pituitary gland. After lifesaving brain surgery, Pia and her husband were celebrating at a member meeting of the New York Orchid Club where they were talking to a fellow orchid lover about her situation. This man happened to be an attaché to the Ambassador to Colombia and told Pia and her husband about an organization in Bogota, who placed children with loving homes. Within months of this meeting, a two-month-old Marina was placed in the arms of her devoted parents and there she would stay a devoted daughter and caretakers of both her parents until their last days.
Pia would also tell you to not be sad that she has passed, but to be happy that she lived. She loved driving especially her red Mustang, she spoke three languages and understood many Italian dialects, she traveled to many places, she is a joyously devoted Catholic and attended mass every week all her life, she spoke the truth and never lied, she took every day and released good in to it making it better for everyone. She hopes you will do the same.
Besides her parents, Pia is predeceased by her loving husband Alfred C. DeLuca as well as her siblings, Tony, Giacomo “Jack” and Anna D’Urso and nephew Robert D’Urso.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10:00am at Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John R.C. Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Pia’s name to the Goodwives Quilters of Darien. Pia, an over 30 year member, and the ladies of the best quilting group in Connecticut have created thousands of quilts for the needy and with your help will quilt thousands more.
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W. Booker

William Ogden Booker, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Stamford on July 12, 2022.

Ogden Booker has been the Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John Catholic Church of Darien since 2004. He resided in Connecticut for over 50 years and served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Church (Stamford), St. Andrew’s Church (Stamford), St. Thomas’ Church (Mamaroneck, NY), St. Luke’s Church (New Haven) and Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church (Camden, NJ). Mr. Booker also served in the United States Army.

Born January 14, 1936, in Moorestown, New Jersey, Ogden was a child prodigy, playing the piano at the age of four. His mother, an accomplished musician herself, was his first teacher. After graduating Manhattan School of Music, he taught in their Music Theory Department. Mr. Booker also taught music at the Weston School of Music, Sacred Heart Academy, Our Lady Star of the Sea and Trinity Catholic High School. Mr. Booker directed the W.O.F. Booker Chorale in Stamford, as well as cabarets and musicals in Stamford, Newtown and Darien.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Booker was an accomplished pianist, composer, musical improviser and arranger. A masterful conductor, Mr. Booker could conduct a full orchestra and choir all while playing the organ. He inspired and motivated his musicians to perform beyond their own expectations. Although best known as a classical and liturgical musician, earlier in his career, he played jazz and American standards in clubs in New York City and throughout the East coast.

Mr. Booker is predeceased by his parents, Ogden Lott and Elena Hampton Booker, and his siblings, Lloyd Douglas Booker, Charles Kenneth Booker and Sara Taylor. He is survived by his niece, Portia Braxton, and her family.

Our beloved Ogden also leaves behind a grateful parish and many friends who will miss his beautiful music, quick wit and distinctive laugh.

He will leave a legacy of original musical compositions, recordings and hundreds of devoted musicians who loved him and were privileged to have had the opportunity to be challenged, taught and directed by him.

Friends and family may arrive on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 between 9am and 10am for the reception of the body and rosary at Saint John Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10am. Interment will follow at Hamden Plains Cemetery, 230 Circular Ave, Hamden, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Saint John Catholic Church, Darien, CT, or Project Music, Stamford CT.

The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist with the funeral arrangements.

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Francesco D’Agostino

Francesco Antonio D’Agostino of Stamford, CT passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2022. Francesco was born on June 1, 194, in Minturno, Italy. Francesco was a proud father and grandfather. He found joy in caring for his home and was meticulous by nature. Francesco had quite a green thumb and always took pride in his garden. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Josephine, son Leonard and Daughter in law Lori, son Frank and future daughter in law Nicole, and his three grandson’s Anthony, Nicholas, and Christopher.

Gladys Jacobucci

Gladys June Jacobucci, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Stamford, on Sunday, July 10, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones. Gladys was born on November 8, 1929 in Yonkers, NY.

She moved to Stamford in 1966 with her husband and daughters, and has resided in the same home since.
Gladys had a passion for cooking, decorating and knitting. She made beautiful sweaters and blankets for family and friends, which became her trademark. She even taught knitting classes for continuing education. Gladys enjoyed many wonderful years vacationing at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She loved dining at restaurants, entertaining friends, seeing shows and spending time with her great grandchildren and beloved dog Lucy.

Gladys worked at JM Wright Technical school for 20 years as a financial clerk until her retirement in 2009.

Gladys is predeceased by her husband of 55 years Edward Jacobucci, her daughter Linda Pariello, and son in law Patrick Reilly.
She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Reilly of Stamford, son in law Richard Pariello of Stamford, her granddaughters, Tara Hibbitts (Ryan) of Wilton, Jessica Cree (Jon) of Stamford, and her 4 great grandchildren, Logan, Jocelyn, Jameson and Harper.

Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, on Monday July 18, 2022 from 9:30- 11:30 am. Interment will be held privately at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Glady’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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Dolores Chiapetta-Mays