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  • Mira Colucci
    on May 23, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Mira Joan Colucci passed away peacefully at her home on May 23, 2022. She was 90 years old. Mira was born on August 25, 1931 to Antoinette and Philip Rex in The Bronx, New York. She graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and upon graduation worked at New York University in the School of Education. She met her husband Dominick, the love of her life, on a blind date. After marrying they lived in Stamford where they would raise their family. Mira initially worked as a secretary at a variety of companies, juggling work and family life. In 1973 she began working for the City of Stamford and eventually becoming an Executive Secretary to the Finance Commissioner. For over twenty-five years she enjoyed her work and colleagues, eventually retiring in 1999. She is survived by her daughter Mildred Lorenti and her husband Marc, and her son Robert and his wife Kathryn. She is also survived by her grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Marc Lorenti Jr., Nicole Lorenti, Stephanie Colucci and Daniel Colucci. In addition, she is survived by a brother Vincent, his wife Ida and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her loving husband Dominick, and her sisters Betty, Rose, Vicky, and Annie. Mira was a devoted wife and mother. Her family and her faith were her life. Raising her family, she instilled the values that were important to her: hard work, education, honesty, and kindness. She took great pride and joy in cooking and making her many specialties including lasagna, eggplant, and cheesecake. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church for over 60 years. She inspired and helped countess others with her steadfast faith by praying the rosary daily. The entire family wishes to thank the many healthcare providers and caregivers over the years that allowed her to remain in her home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mira’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association ( Family and friends may offer their sympathy and condolences at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, in Stamford, CT on Thursday, May 26th from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Thursday, May 26th at 10:00am at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT. The entombment will immediately follow mass at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Maria Rieder
    on May 20, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Maria Francesca Rieder, daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother, passed away from complications due to pneumonia on Friday, May 20th, 2022. She was born and raised in Stamford, CT to Francesco and the late Maria Teresa (DeNardo) D’Agostino before moving to Shelton to raise her family. Fran’s greatest love were her four children, and her granddaughter. Fran’s favorite pastime was sitting at the beach or pool soaking up the sun. She is survived by her father Francesco D’Agostino of Trumbull; her siblings Pat D’Agostino (Terry) of Stamford, Angela Severo of Trumbull, and Vincenza Long (Bob) of Trumbull; her children James (Tyler) of Norwalk, Jessica (Andrew) of North Branford, Maria-Teresa of Shelton, and Danielle of Stamford; her granddaughter Annie; and the father of her children, William; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Fran was predeceased by her mother Maria Teresa D’Agostino, who passed on May 18, 2022. Family and friends may offer their sympathy and condolences at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Wednesday, May 25th from 2pm to 6pm. Prayer service to be held at 5pm.

  • Maria D'Agostino
    on May 18, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Maria Teresa D’Agostino, a dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of Wednesday, May 18, 2022 with her loving family at her side. She was a longtime resident of Stamford, before moving to Trumbull to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She was born in Arena, Italy on December 19, 1937 to the late Vincenzo and Maria Angela (Ida) DeNardo. Teresa was 84 years old at the time of her passing. Teresa, as she was lovingly known to her friends and family, was ten years old when she and her brother arrived in the United States. At eighteen, she went to Calabria, Italy where she met and married her beloved husband Frank in 1956. They returned to Stamford, CT to raise their four children. She was a devout Catholic that attended mass regularly. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she took pride in organizing the yearly ceremonial mass for the feast of St. Michael. This tradition was started over 50 years ago at Sacred Heart church in Stamford and continues to this day. Teresa’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was an avid cook and loved having her family gathered around a table serving a large meal. She also enjoyed crocheting blankets and scarves for everyone. Teresa was known for her witty personality and silly sense of humor. She took great pride in her colorful storytelling that made everyone around her laugh when she got every detail incorrect. Her grandchildren will always remember her twisted versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes that they can never repeat to their own children. She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Francesco D’Agostino; her children, Pat D’Agostino and wife Terry, Maria Francesca Rieder, Angela Maria Severo and Vincenza Long and husband Robert; nine grandchildren, Jenna Marie Nowakowski (Michael), Charles James Severo (Lindsey), James Francis Rieder, Jessica Lynn Rieder (Andrew), Matthew Frank Severo (Amanda), Katelynn Anne Long (Tyler), Maria Teresa Rieder, Danielle Michael Rieder and Robert Vincent Long; five great grandchildren, Devon Matthew Nowakowski, Roman James Severo, Sydney Rose Nowakowski, Leo Charles Severo, Annie Leona Gargiulo and soon to arrive baby girl Severo; and Teresa's brother Frank DeNardo and his wife Donna. In addition to her parents Teresa was preceded in death by her brother Gerome (Jimmy) DeNardo. Family and friends may offer their sympathy and condolences at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, in Stamford, CT on Sunday, May 22nd from 2pm to 6pm. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, May 23rd at 10:30am at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT. The entombment will immediately follow mass at St. John R.C. cemetery in Darien. For the safety and consideration of all those who plan on attending the wake and service please be sure to bring a face covering. To leave online condolences, please visit

  • Neil Scollick
    on May 16, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Neil Montgomery Scollick, 83, of New Canaan, CT passed away peacefully on May 16th, 2022, at Norwalk Hospital. Neil was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of David and Jane Scollick and was a very loving and devoted husband to his wife Alison Scollick for nearly 60 years. While Neil was a resident of New Canaan, CT he also resided for many years in Pound Ridge, NY and Stamford, CT. Neil worked for over 30 years for Pfizer within both R&D and Global Manufacturing. Having joined Pfizer in Sandwich, UK in 1966 as a chemist, his work took him to Groton, CT and for many years New York, NY. Neil also moved for several overseas assignments that included the UK, Ireland, and later Belgium. Neil earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Chemistry, from Edinburgh University. Neil was an avid golfer, long time member of Winged Foot Golf Club and lover of Labrador retrievers. In addition to his wife Alison, Neil is survived by his daughter Caroline J. Holzer, and son-in-law Phil M. Holzer, of Skillman, NJ, a granddaughter, Claire A. Holzer and his sister in Edinburgh, Margaret Morgan. The family will be holding a private interment. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (

  • Clara Frias
    on May 15, 2022 at 4:00 am

    On Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Stamford, CT our beloved Clara Irene Frias, affectionately known as Guela Can, was called home to the Lord. Clara was an Angel to all. With her amazing cooking and big heart, she always felt like home. Born in the Dominican Republic, Clara was the eldest of ten children. She worked in a famous Factory, where her career succeeded. Above all, she was a caregiver, nurturer, confidant, and maternal figure to many. Her presence was always felt, you could sense the energy of love, when she walked into a room. With a smile on her face, she always told the best stories. Clara is survived by two children, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one sibling. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 9 am to 11 am at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home. Located at 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. Burial to follow at the St. John Cemetery in Darien, CT. The Repass will be held in Stamford, CT. El domingo 15 de mayo de 2022 en Stamford, CT nuestra querida Clara Irene Frías, cariñosamente conocida como Guela Can, fue llamada a casa con el Señor. Clara era un ángel para todos. Con su increíble comida y su gran corazón, siempre se sentía unos como en casa. Nacida en la República Dominicana, Clara era la mayor de diez hijos. Trabajó en una Fábrica , donde triunfó su carrera. Por encima de todo, fue una cuidadora, nutridora, confidente y figura maternal para muchos. Su presencia siempre se sentía, se podía percibir la energía del amor, cuando entraba en una habitación. Con una sonrisa en la cara, siempre contaba las mejores historias. A Clara le sobreviven dos hijos, nueve nietos, dieciséis bisnietos y una hermana. Se invita a la familia y a los amigos a una reunión de celebración de la vida el viernes 20 de mayo de 2022 de 9 a 11 de la mañana en la Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home. Ubicada en 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. El entierro seguirá en el Cementerio de St. John en Darien, CT. Repass en Stamford, CT.

  • Arthur Lavery
    on May 13, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Arthur P. Lavery, “Scottie” 88, of Stamford passed away at home peacefully in his sleep on May 13, 2022. He was born in Cleland, Scotland on October 31, 1933 to the late Charles and Annie McFarlane Lavery. Arthur completed one year of college studying Art. He emigrated to the US in 1951-1952. He then enlisted in the US Marine Corp, where he worked on jet engines. He played starting center forward for the US Marine Corp International Soccer Team. He married Josephine Pennella (Tina), the love of his life in 1956, then formed a 50 year partnership with Ralph in Lavery & Bucci Painting Co. Arthur was a meticulous skilled Artisan. Arthur was multi-talented and had a wonderful singing voice and had performed in musicals, such as Anything Goes, among others. Art and Tina loved to dance, play pool, gamble and gather with friends. He attended the Scottish games annually and family vacations. In later years, Art enjoyed finding tag sale treasures, spending weekends reading the NY Times and walking on the beach. Arthur is survived by his loving children, Arthur Patrick Lavery, Jr. and Debbie of Greenwich, Cynthia Lavery-Valenti and her husband Bill of Stamford, and Jonathan Lavery and his wife Tracy of Stamford, as well as his grandchildren, Samantha Valenti, Jake Lavery and Matthew Valenti, along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Arthur was also predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Josephine (Tina) (Pennella) Lavery in 2018 and three sisters and five brothers. Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Bridget’s of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Arthur’s memory to World Central Kitchen To leave online condolences, please visit

  • 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.