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  • Frederick Whelan, Jr.
    on November 28, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Frederick J. Whelan, Jr., of Greenwich, Connecticut and Ludlow, Vermont, passed away on November 28, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. Frederick was born to Frederick J. Whelan, Sr., and Margaret Marshall Whelan on November 8, 1937. A lifelong resident of Greenwich, Fred was born at Greenwich Hospital. Fred was educated at St. Catherine’s Grammar School and Fairfield Preparatory School. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he joined the Greenwich law firm of Dougherty & Dougherty. In 1969, he formed a private law firm, Tierney, Anthony & Whelan, later Tierney & Whelan, in Greenwich, where he practiced law for more than forty-five years. In addition, for many years he engaged in a real estate practice, doing business as Fourth Ward Partners. Fred engaged in a host of civic activities, including as a Member of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the Greenwich Jaycees. He was a recipient of the Jaycee of the Year Award. Fred was also the recipient of several awards, including from the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company; The Boys and Girls Club; and he was named “Irishman of the Year” by the Emerald Society. Fred also coached Little League baseball and football. Fred enjoyed and excelled at racket sports; including badminton, tennis, and paddle tennis. He and his children successfully competed in many badminton tournaments and paddle tennis tournaments over many years. For many years, Fred was an annual participant in the Innis Arden Parent/Child Tennis and Paddle Tennis Tournaments. Fred was a long-time member of Innis Arden, where he also enjoyed golf for over four decades. Like many, Fred found challenges in golf. He said golf can be a long-suffering avocation but every now and then then the thrill of a par; and new playing opportunities at courses in Casa Decampo and Shinnecock Hills, to name a few, kept him coming back. He enjoyed his friends at the Innis Arden roundtable for lunch for years; often telling and retelling old stories and jokes. Fred also enjoyed playing golf at Vineyards Country Club, near his home in Naples, Florida. For more than 3 decades, Fred enjoyed the time he spent in Vermont, initially skiing and later reading books by the fireplace and enjoying the mountain and lake view from his home. He particularly enjoyed The Hatchery, where he cultivated local friendships as well as the opportunity to socialize with friends from Greenwich, in Vermont as well. Fred is survived by his children: Catherine Potter McEvoy (Kevin) of Greenwich; Frederick J. Whelan, III (Mary Jo) of Greenwich; Christopher Marshall Whelan (Maria Elena) of Sounderstown, Rhode Island, and Andrew Duncan Whelan (Renwick) of Greenwich. In addition, “Pop” is survived by his grandchildren: Sarah, J, Nita, Chase, Catherine, Miranda and Winona. He is survived by his sister, Marsha Virginia Whelan, of Greenwich. He was pre-deceased by the mother of his children, Sally Johnson Whelan, and is survived by his former wife, Elizabeth Linck, of Green Valley, AZ. Fred had the privilege of many long time and caring friends, including, Jim, Carolyn, Rick, John, Patricia, and Marie, who were unwavering in their interest in him, even when he could no longer socialize outside his home; stopping by and calling regularly. Fred found creative ways to stay connected to family and friends during Covid. He enjoyed his Sunday drive-by visits; distancing from friends in the car; and beers with his golfing friends from Innis Arden, even when he could no longer partake in drink. Fred was touched when his college roommate, Shane McCarthy, Facetimed him to sing him Happy Birthday, on what would be his last birthday, just a few weeks before he passed. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Remi Rosenberg, Cathy Costello, Emanuel Arthur, and Doris Osei-ko Fi, from Visiting Angels, and Marie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Roch Church, 10 St. Roch Avenue, Greenwich. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greenwich. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one’s favorite charity. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

  • Philip DeCrescenzo
    on November 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Philip L. DeCrescenzo, 90, of Stamford CT passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021. He was born September 10, 1931 in Port Chester, NY to the late Anthony and Josephine (Cicchiello) DeCrescenzo. Philip moved to Stamford where he worked as a Stone Mason for many years before his retirement. He is survived by his daughters, Cindy (Joe) DeCrescenzo, Sandra (Scott Elbert) DeCrescenzo, Susie (Scott) Caporizzo; daughter-in-law Barbara (Bebe) Fiore-DeCrescenzo; his loving grandchildren, Ashley (Craig) Fiore-Dralle, Christopher Elbert, Scott Caporizzo, Tami Caporizzo, Danielle DeCrescenzo; his siblings, Julius & Bobby DeCrescenzo, JoAnne Nardone, Toni Ann Bologna and many nieces and nephews. Philip was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Deleo) DeCrescenzo and his son Philip DeCrescenzo, Jr. Funeral services will be private.

  • Stylianos Kazantzidis
    on November 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Stylianos “Steve” Kazantzidis, 87, of Stamford, Connecticut passed away November 27, 2021. He died peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife, Theofili Kazantzidis, their children and grandchildren. Stylianos was born in Russia, on January 1, 1934, to the late Hercules and Eftihia Kazantzidis. He immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1973 with his family. He was employed by Pitney Bowes until his retirement. He was a devoted member of his church and an active member of the PanHellenic Society. His family was his pride and joy. Fishing, casino visits and spending time with his friends were some of his favorite activities. Stylianos is preceded in death by this brother, Paul Kazantzidis; brother-in-law Thanasis Manthos; and niece, Effe Kazantzidis Aronis. Stylianos is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Theofili; his devoted children son Konstantinos and wife Maria, daughter Aliki Recanatini and husband Louie, daughter Marina Mlakar and husband Chris; his sisters, Maria Manthos, Georgia Athanasiadis (George), Zoe Konsoulas (Thanasis), Sofia Dinos (Nikos); adored grandchildren Stelios, Filitsa, Alexia, Christopher and Michaela and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, December 1st from 10:00-11:00a.m.. Interment will follow at Woodland, Cemetery, Woodland Place, Stamford. The family has entrusted The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory with final arrangements.

  • Philip Fecher
    on November 21, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Philip Augustus Fecher, Jr. of Stamford passed away on November 21, 2021 at Greenwich Hospital with his loving family at his side. Born on January 20, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Philip Augustus Fecher, Sr. and Helen Muir Fecher, Philip was a descendent of John Muir, the Naturalist. Philip's family moved to the countryside of New Bern, NC where he attended schools in NC before being nominated by Senator Sam Ervin to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. At the Academy, he was awarded the Admiral Emory Land medal for excellence in naval architecture and graduated with honors, held a gold star, played intramural softball and was a member of the Pistol Team. In his community, he was a devoted parishioner of St. Leo the Great, Bible Study member, St. Leo Fair volunteer, founding member of Fairfield County Chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP), was on the Board of Directors of Greenwich Symphony, founding member of CT Maritime Association, Associate Member of Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, past member of Association of Shipbrokers & Agents, received an Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from Kings Point Alumni Association, was a member of Ferrari Club of America and past Cub Scout leader. After sailing as an Officer on chemical tankers, Phil retired as Senior Vice President, Chartering Manager and Board member for Stolt Tankers & Terminals. He held a USCG Master's License to sail as Captain for any size ocean ships, was awarded the U.S. Merchant Marine Vietnam service medal and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. Phil had a collection of classic cars, his favorite being the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE featured in Ferrari magazines. It won many platinum awards, including the highest award, the Certificate of Authenticity. He is survived by his devoted wife, the love of his life, Maria and blessed with a loving son, Philip A. Fecher III of NJ, two sisters, Therese Yourshaw, Falls Church, VA, Marguerite Herald, Moncks Corner, SC and two nieces, Mary Helen Gregory (Eric), Lorton, VA and Cynthia Yourshaw, Springfield, VA. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Alexick. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Greenwich Hospital for their very compassionate care as well as our personal MDVIP physician Dr. Gail Fennell for her very fine care of Philip. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 4:00PM to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 11:00 AM at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT. Interment will follow at Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Erskine Road, Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Philip's memory to Eternal Word Television Network by visiting EWTN.com or to St. Leo Parish. To share an online condolence please visit www.Cognetta.com

  • Michele Crocco
    on November 21, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Michele M. Crocco, age 62, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Stamford on March 11, 1959 to the late Michael M. Crocco, Sr. and Esterina Bevacqua Crocco. Michele attended Stamford public schools and graduated from Mother of God Academy in Stamford and then she graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in 1977. She went on to work as a secretary at Reflectone, Peerless Nuclear Corporation and then to Xerox Corporation until 1984. She then worked for the Grand Union Company as a bookkeeper from 1982 to 2001 then Stop and Shop from 2001-2017. She loved her jobs and met many good friends and customers through her work. Michele loved to read and loved to cook, but the light of her life was spending time with her family!! She loved her nieces and nephews very much!! She spent as much time with them as possible!! Michele is survived by her devoted brother, Michael M. Crocco, Jr. and his wife Rita, her nephews, Michael M. Crocco, III and his wife Holly and their son, Michael, Tony Crocco and his wife Marianne and their children, Leo and Marco and Tina Lopez and her husband Lorenzo. Besides her parents, Michele was also predeceased by her great nephew, Lucas Michael Lopez. A funeral procession will be leaving the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, in Stamford. The interment will immediately follow mass at St. John's R.C. Cemetery, in Darien. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 3:00PM to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michele's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com

  • Michael Gentile
    on November 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Michael F. Gentile, 71, of Stamford passed away on November 18, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. He was born in Stamford on August 25, 1950 to the late Angelo and Teresina Megale Gentile. Michael was predeceased in death by his Sister Antoinette Gentile. In his early years Michael worked in the printing industry. He later worked as a conveyer and was proud of the various transport trucks he worked on. He spent his final year living at Cross Road Residences and made many wonderful friends.His family will always remember his contagious laugh and his gentle soul. Michael is survived by his aunts, uncle and cousins from the Megale, Sette, Giannone, Gentile families and niece, Teraesa Williams. Family and friends may come to the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 –11:00 AM with a prayer service to be celebrated at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michael’s memory to the Stamford Police Foundation, 725 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901 To leave online condolences, please visit www.Cognetta.com

  • Salvatore Sciarretta
    on November 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Salvatore “Sal” Sciarretta, 82, of Stamford, Connecticut and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away November 16, 2021. He died peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Gertrude “Gert” Sciarretta, their children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews. Sal was born in Minturno, Italy, on December 22, 1938, to the late Vincenza and Giacomo Sciarretta. As one of the youngest of ten siblings, he was no stranger to hard work. Through perseverance, he learned to appreciate the art of stone and masonry at a young age. Shortly after the Second World War, a young Sal handled a small object he thought was a ball but was in fact a grenade. While this resulted in blindness, Sal’s sight was restored six months later. His family took this as a miracle and reflection of his faith in God. With an unyielding determination to improve his position in life, Sal decided to travel to America. Over the course of five decades, his relentless work ethic allowed him to find footing in a new country and achieve the American dream for himself, his family, his friends, and his community. By day, Sal became an engineer for Clairol Inc., where he met his wife Gertrude. At night he worked in the home building industry. Sal and Gert began their life together, marrying in 1961 and welcoming three children: Salvatore Jr., Theresa, and Peter. At age 32, Sal founded Hemingway Fine Homes, which he and his family grew into an award-winning company that builds illustrious homes in Fairfield, Westchester, and Palm Beach counties. Sal’s notable achievements include being named a 40-time excellence winner by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut (HOBI Awards), a three-time A-List Award finalist, and a one-time Innovation in Design Award finalist (IDA Awards). Most notably in 2021 he was inducted into the Fairfield County Home Builder and Remodelers Association Hall of Fame. What started as a job to support his family turned into careers and a legacy to be continued by generations to come. Sal’s family was the highlight of his life. Sal and Gert hosted Sunday dinners, preserving Italian traditions and values that reinforced the strong bond the family embraces today. Sal enjoyed weekly “date night” with his wife and loved nothing more than having lunch with “the boys” and watching “Westerns” on the couch with his precious dog, Bella. Sal is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Gertrude; his devoted children son Salvatore Jr. and wife Robin, daughter Theresa Horn and husband Douglas, and son Peter; adored grandchildren Michael and wife Julia, Chelsea, Matthew, Robert and wife Jessica, Brittany, and Peter; great grandchild Riley; sister Lucy Albano and brother Mario Sciarretta. Sal is predeceased by his siblings Teresa, Anthony, Sebastian, Severino, and Louis. Sal will be remembered for his wisdom, confidence, generosity, strength, and entrepreneurial spirit. A visitation for Salvatore is planned for Sunday, November 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., held at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford. All are invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Marcus A. Mayus, MD, Greenwich Medical Associates, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Greenwich Hospital. People wishing to honor Sal’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to Stamford EMS at www.stamfordems.org and/or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

  • 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 - https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/ 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 www.cognetta.com