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  • Mary Ehmke
    on September 19, 2022 at 4:00 am
  • Christopher Tejeda
    on August 26, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Christopher Joseph Tejeda, 32, passed away on August 26, 2021, after a long and difficult battle with diabetes. There isn’t a hospital room big enough to fit all the people who would have wanted to be with Chris during his final moments, but his mother, father and brothers were with him until the end, trying their best to make sure he knew how many people loved and cared about him. Chris was born on July 16, 1989, in Flushing, NY. After spending the first few years of his life in Queens, he and his family moved to Lynn, MA, where Chris would spend his formative years and majority of his life. He would go on to live for short periods of time in Arizona, Maine, and a return to New York before settling in Stamford, CT in his final years. Chris was a gentle soul. The kindest and most affectionate of his immediate family. He loved others more than he loved himself, never hesitating to give on to others whatever little he had. Chris was quirky but was also insightful. He’d often find a way to cheer you up just when you needed it and would travel long distances just to see someone he loved or cared about. Even through his illness, he would remain extremely positive and tell you he was fine so as not to worry anyone. There is so much that could be said about Chris: he enjoyed cooking and loved food; liked the outdoors; loved anime, manga and going to NY Comic Con; but what he’ll be remembered for the most is the impact he had on others. He’d spend hours every day on the phone, not just with friends, but with his niece, Ana, or his cousins. He was a friend and confidant to the teens and young people in his family especially. Forever young at heart and a model of kindness, Chris was always ready and willing to listen and offer advice if you ever needed it. Chris would want to be remembered as a caring, kindhearted son, brother, uncle and friend who loved those closest to him more than anything. As a goofy, sweet, and fun person who was always up for karaoke, a game of Guitar Hero, or a last-minute trip to the movies. Either that, or he’d want to be remembered as a wolf. Chris is survived by his grandmother, Ofelia Mejia. His mother Virginia E. Tejeda. His stepfather Jaime Acosta. His father, Felixberto Nova. His brothers Andres, John, and Gustavo Tejeda. His nieces Ana and Rin Tejeda and his nephew Marco Tejeda. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Diabetes Foundation - Select “Make a Donation” at the top right corner of the home page. Follow directions and, towards the end, check the box under “Honoree Information” and enter “In Memory” and Christopher Tejeda.

  • Richard Nowlin
    on April 21, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Richard T. Nowlin passed away on the morning of April 21, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19, with a caring and devoted medical staff by his side. We would like to thank Stamford Hospital for their dedication to Richard. Born on June 16, 1944, to Evelyn M. and Terry W. Nowlin. Rick was a lifelong Stamford resident, who always cherished all the opportunities life had to offer. Rick attended Willard Elementary School, Burdick Junior High, graduated from Rippowam High School in 1963 and shortly after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Rick always had many interests and passions, especially when it came to horses, becoming an excellent equestrian at an early age, thanks to his parents. Rick was also a third-generation volunteer fire fighter at the Turn of River Fire department following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (Willis T. Nowlin), and also had a love and passion for hunting. But his interests didn’t stop there. As time went on, his love and passion for automobiles and motorcycles took over, whether it was driving them or rebuilding them. He was also an avid fan of Country and Western music (but only the old artists, as he would say) and couldn’t understand how they called today’s new music Country at all! Rick will always be remembered for having the biggest heart, for being a good kind man, always putting everyone else’s needs before himself and of course he had the most infectious laugh and smile. We will always thank God for having him in our lives. Rick leaves this world as loving his two sons, Peter Nowlin (Donna) and Michael Nowlin (Terri), his grandchildren, Amanda Beschle (Adam) and Alexa Bitzer, his great-grandchild, Kiya Beschle and a new great-grandchild, Baby Beschle, arriving in June. He also will be sadly missed by his former spouse, Theresa Charkales, who remained his lifelong friend and a constant in his life; his sisters, Barbra Nowlin Bernini (Skip), Valerie Nowlin Mascaro and Traci Nowlin Rotante (Paul), His Aunt and Godmother, Ruth Valenzano. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great niece and nephew and cousins. Due to the current health crisis in our state, no wake or funeral services will take place. A graveside service and the inurnment will be held at a later date along with a celebration of his life. Arrangements are being graciously attended to by The Nicholas Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory in Stamford, CT.

  • Sonia Barber
    on April 10, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Sonia Alicia Barber, 40, of Riverside passed away peacefully on April 10, 2020. She was born in Newark, NJ on May 25, 1979 to Martin N. Hall and Lonnie M. Barber. Sonia was employed at Stamford Hospital as a PCA Tech for many years. She was later employed by the Stamford Board of Education. Besides her parents, Sonia is also survived by her son, Kamron Wright and a daughter, Yolanda Wright. As well as her brothers, Marcus and Terry Barber, a sister, Felice Barber and brothers-in-law Maurice Plant. She also leaves her two nieces and her nephew. Sonia was truly a wonderful spirit and she will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. Funeral services were held privately. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Barber family with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Patricia Gamble
    on November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    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,… or to the Church or charity of your choice.

  • Alberta Meceli
    on March 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    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

  • Leanna Gallup
    on December 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Prayer Service To Begin @ 11:00AM on Wednesday December 13th, 2017 at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT

  • Michael McKinzie
    on September 25, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Michael Eugene McKinzie, 63, passed away peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2016. He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 10, 1953 to the late Eugene and Mary Ellen O’Donnell McKinzie. He was a graduate of Wilton High School, Class of 1971, was in the United States Air Force with honorable discharge, as well as attended Mechanic School in PA. Michael had an early passion and talent for photography, respected and enjoyed nature, was an avid hunter and fisher and believed in his second Amendment. He was a proud Boys Scout Leader for fifteen years with his son and Archery Instructor. He was employed as high security for former President Gerald Ford and President George Bush, Sr. Michael was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather and worked diligently to provide for his family. Michael is survived by his loving wife of over thirty eight years Anita L. Tarzia McKinzie of Hamden, a loving daughter Ashley L. Donovan and her husband Paul of Hamden, a loving son Michael Al-Dominick McKinzie and his significant other Abby L. Ecker of Hamden, a grandson Andrew Michael Donovan and sister Catherine Ann McKinzie of FL and a brother Paul John McKinzie of MO. He was devoted to making his family feel secure, cared for and loved. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Leo’s Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s RC Cemetery, 25 Camp Avenue, Darien. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Michael’s memory be made to To leave online condolences, please visit

  • John Russo
    on July 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

    John Salvatore Russo, 71, of Stamford passed on peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Stamford Hospital on Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was born in Schenectady, NY on February 4, 1945 to the late Joseph J. Russo, Sr. and Jennie E. Baltuskonis Russo. John served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1967. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and received several medals during his service including The Good Conduct Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge. “Once a Marine always a Marine.” John was the Property Manager at Heyman Properties and longtime employee of Graphic Color Plate Inc., both in Stamford, Connecticut John is survived by his loving wife Pastor Carol M. Viesto Russo of Stamford, his loving children Heidi E. Russo-Roberts of TX, Christian T. Russo of Stamford, Leah A. Palmer- Quinn and her husband Michael of Stamford, Suzanne L. Russo-Vidal and her husband Victor of NJ, grandchildren Tyler Roberts, Austin Roberts, Maxwell Roberts, Alexandria Russo, the twins Brendan and Liam Quinn. John is also survived a brother Ronald Russo and his wife Michele of FL, two sisters Kathy Northrup of FL and Connie Lucifora and her husband Louis of Stamford. Also surviving is his dearest niece Allison Russo Rinehart and her husband Stephen of TX and their children, Ariel, Kennedy and Rylee Rinehart. John is survived by his loving father-in-law Anthony (Tony) Viesto and many other dear nieces and nephews, in addition to his very best friends Leroy Williams, Phil Senete, Ernie Baker and his loving canine companion Mabel Grace. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brother and best friend Joseph J. Russo, Jr. and his son in law Darren Roberts and also his mother in law Annette Tamburri Viesto. “A Celebration of Life,” in which all are invited and encouraged to attend and honor John’s life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Avenue Stamford, CT 06902. A place where John shared many fond memories with family, friends, and acquaintances. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Russo family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to CT Veterans Health Care Hospital, West haven Campus, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 To leave online condolences, please visit

  • John Winter, III
    on July 16, 2014 at 4:00 am

    John Dawson Winter, III, (Johnny Winter),70, Rock ‘n’ Roll legend passed away peacefully on July 16, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland, while on tour. By the request of his family, all funeral services and Interment were held privately.