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Mancusi, Joseph - Stamford  
Lifelong Stamford Resident Joseph R. Mancusi, 64, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was born in Stamford on June 11, 1950 to the late Anthony and Rose Mancusi. Joseph is survived by his loving sister Angela Christofor and her husband Alexander of Norwalk; his aunt Josephine Ganino of Stamford; a nephew Steven Christofor and his wife Cara of Ridgefield and a niece Alexandra Christofor of Norwalk. He is also survived by many other cousins, especially Paula Rabita who provided loving care for Joey over the years. Joey was a loving brother, loved music and always made anyone he came in contact with laugh. He will be deeply missed by his family. Besides his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his brother Anthony Mancusi. A Prayer Service will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 19, 2014
Mignone, Karen - Norwalk  
Karen West Mignone, 67, a resident of Coconut Creek, FL and Norwalk, CT, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Norwalk Hospital. She was born on December 27, 1946 in Port Chester, NY. She was predeceased by her father, Leonard “Duke” West, her mother Margaret Nolan West and her special aunt, Ann Nolan. She is survived by her beloved children, her daughter Christine Mignone of Norwalk, her son, Michael Mignone and his wife Nicole of Clark, NJ and her brother John Nolan West and his wife, Patricia of Stamford, CT. Also surviving are the “lights of her life”, her grandsons, TJ and Jake Savvaides of Norwalk/Wilton, her granddaughters Kylie and Mia Mignone of Clark, her nephew Andrew West, his wife Jennifer and son Leonard of Portland, OR and her niece Allison West of Stamford. Karen’s true joy was her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother who could so often be heard bragging about “all of her babies”. Karen had an incredible gift of floral design, decorating and especially wreath making. Her wreaths were truly a work of art! Her greatest pride was in knowing that every member of her immediate and extended family, as well as friends from all over, had one of her amazing creations to enjoy. Karen’s infectious energy, gift of gab and desire to make people feel special will be missed by everyone who knew her. The family would like thank Dr. Thomas Rutherford and his entire staff at Smilow Cancer Center and The Norwalk Hospital’s 6 East staff for their superb care. A memorial mass will be held at 10am on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 260 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY. Interment will be immediately following at Greenwood Union Cemetery, 215 North Street, Rye, NY. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Karen’s name may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research c/o Renee Luongo, P.O. Box 208063, New Haven, CT 06520.
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 17, 2014
Morrison, Clive - Norwalk  
Long Time Norwalk Resident Clive Morrison, age 75, a 50 year resident of Norwalk, passed away on December 9, 2014 in Stamford Hospital. Clive was born December 15,1938, in Brooklyn, NY, and was a son of the late Roger and Edith Taylor Morrison and the step-son of Gregory Fried. The Morrison family moved to Norwalk in 1951 and Clive graduated from Norwalk High in 1956 going on to the U. of Conn. at Storrs. He was an Army Veteran, serving in the Conn. National Guard from 1961 to 1967. In 1964 he married Judy Jones and they had 50 wonderful years together. For most of his business career, Clive was a commodities buyer in the coffee trade and worked for Nestle and the Weschler Coffee Co. In the early 70’s Clive became involved in Norwalk politics and headed an inquiry into the First Taxing District Water Dept. He went on to run for City Council from Ward A but lost in a primary. He was chairman of the Reform Democrats for a year and later served on the Norwalk Shellfish Commission and the Historical Commission. In 1979 Clive and his mother went to a tag sale and came home owning an island. Cedar Hammocks, one of the Norwalk Islands became the adventure of a life time and brought joy to family, friends and everyone who visited. People traveled from several states to participate in the annual Spam Carving Contest. Clive was very interested in the history of Norwalk and helped to compile a book on the history of the Rowayton Yacht Club at the time of their 25th anniversary. He was an avid post card collector and had many interesting cards of Norwalk. In addition to his wife Judy, Clive is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Craig Megibow and his wonderful granddaughter Phoebe, his brother Donald Morrison, sister Kathy Hallet, step brother Hilary Fried and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Clive’s life will be held sometime after the holidays, a notice will appear as to date and place. Donations in his name can be made to the Darien Human Services Gift Fund, Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien, CT 06820.
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 15, 2014
Pasquarella, Connie - Norwalk  
Constance Margaret Pasquarella, 81 years old, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Connie was born on September 27, 1933 in Pawtucket, RI of the late Wilfred and Albina (Maynard) Casey. She spent most of her childhood in Detroit, MI and her later youth in New Haven, CT, where she graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1951. She worked for Southern New England Telephone Company and Security Insurance. She was married to her husband, Pasquale J. Pasquarella for 58 years. Together they had five children, thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by Kathleen (Douglas) Ebert of Trumbull, Ralph Pasquarella (Lois) of Newtown, Michael Pasquarella (Kathleen) of Darien, Susan Lloyd (Jeffrey) of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and Carol Ann Mitchell of Norwalk; thirteen grandchildren Katie Lynn (Christopher), Daniel (Allison Iannacone - fiancé), Dominick and Kristina Ebert, Adam Pasquarella, Tara Ramsey (Brad), Kevin, Kyle, and Colin Pasquarella, Melanie and Jillian Lloyd, Richard and Erin Mitchell; two great grandchildren Colton Lynn and Susan Ramsey; a sister Beverly Toby of Highland, Missouri; a sister-in-law Renata Casey of Lexington, South Carolina and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Douglas Casey; a sister Helen Denoyer; daughter-in-law Susan Lanyon Pasquarella and grandson Sandor Elcsics. Connie loved the company of her family and friends. She was a devoted Catholic and enjoyed shopping and cooking for many family gatherings. Connie will be remembered by her shining Irish eyes and her infectious laugh. Family and friends may call at the Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT, tomorrow Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All are invited to the funeral home Monday morning prior to a funeral procession, which will be leaving the funeral home on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:45 am and processing for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Norwalk. Entombment will follow at St. John’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ElderHouse, 7 Lewis St., Norwalk, CT 06851 or The Westport Healthcare Center, 1 Burr Rd., Westport, CT 06880.
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 13, 2014
Pitasi, Carmela - Norwalk  
After a long courageous battle with leukemia, Carmela M. Pitasi passed peacefully on December 14, 2014 with her loved ones by her side. She was born on May 25, 1932 in Port Chester, NY to the late Beatrice and Bartholomew DeCrescenzo. A 1950 graduate of Port Chester High School, Carmela was a member of the Acapella Choir and drum majorette in the marching band. In 1951, she entered the work force as a secretary beginning with the County Trust Company. In 1955 she was named Miss County Trust. She then went on to work at Fawcett Publication. In 1956 she married the love of her life, Nicholas J. Pitasi, with whom she shared a wonderful 51 years until his passing in 2008. Together they created a loving home that welcomed four children; Nancy, Nicky, Patty and Tommy. Being a mother was the single most important role in her life. Her passion and devotion were her children. It was our honor to call her our Mother. Her love went full circle when she was blessed with her eight grandchildren Jessica, Lindsay, Ricky, Nicholas, Jaclyn, Allison, Olivia and Thomas. They were the ultimate joy in her life. Mama, as she was lovingly called, beamed with pride with each of their accomplishments and supported all their endeavors. Mom’s love spilled to her extended family and friends. There was always an extra seat at her table. She openly welcomed her sons-in-law Richie Riscica (Nancy) and Marco Jurinich (Patty) and daughters-in-law Pamela (Nick) and Denise (Tom) Pitasi and treated them as her own. Her home echoed with laughter as we gathered often to celebrate special occasions. We treasure those memories and will continue to honor these traditions always. Carmela is survived by her loving brothers Phil DeCrescenzo, Barty DeCrescenzo and his wife Adelaide, brother-in-law Ralph Berlingo and her caring nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her sister Joanne (Jenny Clarkson), Sadie Berlingo and her brother Joseph DeCrescenzo. We would like to extend our thanks to Dr. Dickerman Hollister, Dr. James Brunetti, the nurses and staff at the Bendheim treatment center, the entire oncology staff at Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Sabetta and Dr. McCloud. We could not have done this without all of you. Visitation will be held at Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich, CT on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4:00pm - 9:00pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00am at St. Jerome’s Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Greenwich Hospital Oncology Service for Patient Assistance; c/o Greenwich Hospital Foundation, 35 River Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. For online condolences please visit www.castiglionefh.com
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 17, 2014
Pongonis, Nicole - Naugatuck  
Nicole Marie Pongonis, 47, of Naugatuck passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Born on November 11, 1967, in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Donna Hollywood Yeruc and the late Joseph J. Pongonis. In addition to her mother and stepfather, Joseph Yeruc, Nicole is survived by her three children, David W. Somers III, Matthew J. Saldana and Lacey M. Pongonis; her grandson Aiden Somers; her brother Eric J. Pongonis and his wife April, nieces Caitlyn and Christina Pongonis and many cousins. Nicole was predeceased by her father, grandparents; Joseph and Marie Hollywood and John and Sophie Pongonis, and her nephew Christopher Pongonis. Friends may visit with the family from 5PM to 8PM on Wednesday, December 17, in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. All other services are private. www.collins-funeral.com
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 14, 2014
Quinn Jr., Donald Peter - Lewes  
Donald Peter Quinn, Jr. Formerly of Norwalk Donald Peter Quinn, Jr., 76, of Lewes, Delaware, formerly of Norwalk and Redding, CT passed away on December 12, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, DE, where friends may visit beginning at 10:00 am. Interment will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 12:30 pm, at Mount Saint Mary’s, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE. Please visit Don’s Life Memorial web page to read his full obituary and to sign his online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 17, 2014
Racaniello, Helen - Darien  
Resident of Darien Helen K. Racaniello, a resident of Darien, CT since 1952, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk. Born on July 31, 1918 in Greenwich, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Catherine (Talar) Stepien. She was 96. Helen graduated from Port Chester High School in Port Chester, NY. She lived in the same house that Helen and her late husband, Victor built 62 years ago. Helen was a multi-faceted woman whose primary focus was taking care of her family. As the matriarch of her family, she hosted family gatherings with a smile and enough food for an army. Helen was a devout Catholic and spent many years actively involved in the St. John’s Church Women’s Guild. Her hobbies included impressionistic painting, shell collecting, sewing, flower gardening, and traveling. She and her late husband Victor enjoyed spending winters in their Clearwater Beach Florida home. Helen rooted for the New York Yankees and was an enthusiastic member of the Derek Jeter fan club. The latter part of her life was spent attentively caring for her grandchildren and great-children. Interacting with the children and helping them grow brought her great joy. Her love for her family was only matched by her devotion to God. Helen is survived by a daughter, Kathleen R. Hill and her husband, Jim, of Palm Harbor, FL and a son, John E. Racaniello of Norwalk. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lisa Sentell of Dallas, TX; Richard Hill of Wickford, RI; Christopher Hill of Palm Harbor, FL; and Sean Racaniello of Darien and six great grandchildren, Helena, Merritt, Payton, Brandon, Cody, and Braelon. Helen is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Karen Racaniello of Darien. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Victor J. Racaniello, Sr. in 2000; Victor J. Racaniello, Jr. in 2014; a brother, Edward Stepien; and a sister, Julia Wasicki. The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien. Memorial donations may be made to St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 16, 2014
Saviano, Lois H. - Wilton  
Retired RN Lois H. Saviano, 87, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at her home in Wilton, Connecticut. Lois was born on March 10, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, to Roy and Helene (Pelka) Law. She was a graduate of Hillhouse (New Haven) High School, Class of 1944 and of Waterbury School of Nursing, Class of 1947, where she was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps. It was while she was in Nursing School that she met her future husband, Dr. Gabriel A. Saviano. They were married in October 1948, and the couple settled in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1954. Lois was predeceased by Dr. Saviano in December 1981. During her life, Lois was a volunteer at Red Cross Blood Mobiles and at F.I.S.H. She was also a Girl Scout Leader, a former member of the Norwalk Women’s Club, the Trumbull Piecemakers, the Nutmeg Quilters Guild, and Goodwives Quilters. Lois was a long-time parishioner of St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, serving over the years as a Eucharistic Minister, a Church Council member, a Women’s Guild member, and an active member of the Social Concerns Committee. In 2001, Lois took a writing class at the Norwalk Senior Center and afterwards wrote her memoirs in a book she called, “The Patchwork of My Life.” She then encouraged others to write their own life stories as well. Lois is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Anne S. and Frank (Buz) T. Parrish of San Diego, California and by a son and daughter-in-law Paul G. and Carrie Saviano of Norwalk, Connecticut, as well as by her grandchildren Richard G. (Ricky) Wilson and Leora, Jamesen, and Danen Saviano and a great-grandson R. Lucas Wilson, all of Norwalk. Calling hours will be at the Magner Funeral Home from 3 - 5 pm on Sunday, December 14. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday, December 15 at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, followed by interment at St. John’s Cemetery. Family and friends will meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lois’ name to St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church Capital Improvement Fund, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851. Following the burial, friends and family are invited to St. Jerome Hall for a reception. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, please go to www.magnerfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 12, 2014
Sclafani, Eleanor Marie - New Canaan  
(Surowiec) Eleanor Marie Sclafani (Surowiec) died peacefully in her daughter Adrienne’s arms at her home located in New Canaan, CT on December 14, 2014 at the age of 90. She had been living with her daughter for the last 10 years. Eleanor was born on February 23, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA. Eleanor was the daughter of Joseph Surowiec and Magdalena (Kochanska) Surowiec. While she was growing up her family owned and operated a bakery at 21st and Pemberton in South Philadelphia. Eleanor attended for 2 years the University of Wisconsin but her education was cut short when she married the love of her life, Luciano V. Sclafani Sr. in 1944. She moved to Stamford, CT to live with her husband and raise a family. For over 40 years her residence was in Stamford, CT. Eleanor was married to Luciano V. Sclafani Sr. for 47 years. Luciano V. Sclafani Sr. was the former president and director of Gus Sclafani Corp. (food importers) which has been in existence for 103 years. Luciano V. Sclafani Sr. preceded her in death in 1991. She had two brothers, John Scott and Frank Surowiec and one daughter-in-law, Lisa (Niejahr-Taylor) Sclafani who predeceased her. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her four sons Gus J. Sclafani and his wife Sharon, Luciano V. Sclafani Jr. and his wife Rosa, Bruce F. Sclafani and his wife Angela, Ronald C. Sclafani and one daughter, Adrienne M. Schettino and her husband Jim. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren Abbey Schettino, Adam Sclafani, Anthony Sclafani, Brooke Sclafani, Bryan Sclafani, Christopher Sclafani, Gabrielle Sclafani, Heather Dulski (Sclafani), James Schettino, Jennifer Trudo (Sclafani), Jessica Sclafani, Lee Schettino, Luciano Sclafani, Luciano Sclafani III, Nicholas Sclafani, Silvia Sclafani, Stephen Sclafani, Travis Sclafani; her great grandchildren Audrey Sclafani, Brianna Sclafani, Caleb Sclafani, Elijah Sclafani, Isaiah Sclafani, Jasiah Sclafani, Naomi Schettino, Oden Dulski, Sophie Schettino; one nephew Conrad Surowiec; three nieces Christina Surowiec, Tori Kearley, and Betsy Hammond. Eleanor was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who cherished the concept of family. She was an active member of the Hubbard Heights Garden Club. Her passion was cooking for her family (her Sunday pasta sauce and homemade chicken soup from scratch was legend). She enjoyed gardening, antique collecting, watching classic movies and was well read. She loved her cats and dogs and treated them like family. Eleanor was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Lacerenza Funeral Home, 8 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT. Calling hours will be private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Darien, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, c/o Our Lady of Grace Convent, 635 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906.
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Published in The Hour on Dec. 19, 2014
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