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In this section we remember those of our family who recently passed away. We would like them to live a little longer... at least in our heart, by not forgetting them.
Marzia Cofrancesco

Marzia Cofrancesco (I1256), 81, of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), daughter of Biagio Cofrancesco e Loreta Ruggiero, left us on March 4th, 2018. Widow of Giuseppe Cofrancesco, she is survived by her children Alessandro and his wife Anna, and Clelia, and her grandchildren Nicola, Marzia and Giuseppe. Our prayers for her soul and our sympathy to her beloved children and grandchildren.

SPARTA - Peter J. Cofrancesco III, age 46, of Sparta, passed away peacefully Aug. 1, at the Morristown Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Paterson, Peter had resided most of his life in Sparta. 
A graduate of the Pope John XXIII Regional High School Class of 1989, Peter had also attended the Delaware Valley University, as well as receiving his honorary doctorate from Centenary University. Owner of the Grinnell Companies, of Sparta, Peter was a dedicated member and past president of the American Quarter Horse Association, where, in March 2017, he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. A leading exhibitor with the AQHA, he was the world champion 18 times, as well as a record holder.
Mr. Cofrancesco was the youngest and longest standing member of the N.J. Horse Racing Commission. He was also a member and past president of the N.J. Quarter Horse Association as well as past president of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association in 1990. In addition, Peter was a founding member of the World Confirmation Horse Association.
In his youth, he enjoyed playing football and wrestled for both Pope John High School and Sparta Elementary School. A former board member for both the Newton Memorial Hospital and the Sussex County Community College Foundation, Peter was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend to many. He was an ardent supporter of his children's activities and sports teams, as well as a generous philanthropist through the community. Mr. Cofrancesco will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was predeceased by his father, Peter J. Jr., in 2001; maternal grandparents, Nicholas and Margaret Fierro; and his paternal grandparents, Peter and Florence Cofrancesco. He is survived in life by his beloved wife, Carmen (Welker); his daughters, Ireland and Emma; his son, Peter IV; his loving mother, Peggy, of Sparta; his sister, Daria, and her husband, Ron Koester, of Sparta; his brothers, Jason, of Sparta, and Jarrod and his wife, Roey, of Ogdensburg. Also surviving are his many aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, 294 Sparta Ave., Sparta. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the church, immediately followed by interment in the St. Thomas of Aquin R.C. Cemetery, 53 Kennedy Ave., Ogdensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peter's memory may be made to the Pope John Angel's Fund, 28 Andover Road, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolence and arrangements are through the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206) Newton, NJ.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 3, 2017


Anne Teresa Cofrancesco Dougherty

Anne Teresa Cofrancesco Dougherty

Anne (I0492) was born on July 1, 1921 to the late Emily Bove Cofrancesco and Marco Cofrancesco. In 1939 she married her late husband Joseph Dougherty. Anne worked for Huber's bakery for 15 years.
Anne was a natural beauty with an impeccable flair for fashion. She was a passionate entertainer who proudly sang on the radio and on stage. She was the center of her family and provided a gathering place where holiday traditions were created and her homemade Italian meals were enjoyed.
On January 12th, at the age of 95, she was reunited with her beloved mother while surrounded by her loving family. Her strong will, feisty spirit, ornery personality and one of a kind songs and stories will be cherished by her family.
In addition to her parents and husband, Anne was predeceased by her siblings Nelly Cofrancesco, Alphonse Cofrancesco, Mary Stevenson, and Martha Kempczynski; granddaughter Kathleen Capano and son-in-law Edward Wojciechowski.
Anne's legacy will be treasured by her children, Joanne Christopher, Joseph Dougherty (Barbara), Charles A. Dougherty (Chris), Patricia Wojciechowski, Dennis Dougherty (Patty), Donna Casapulla, and Richard Dougherty; her 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; her nieces and nephews, and her cat Fuzzy.
(Photo by Marzia Cofrancesco,
Giuseppe's granddaugther)

Giuseppe Cofrancesco

Giuseppe Cofrancesco (83), (I1274), of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), left us on Jan 31, 2015. He was the son of Alessandro Cofrancesco and Maria Clelia Cofrancesco. Our prayers for his soul.
Matilde Cofrancesco
Matilde Cofrancesco

Matilde Cofrancesco
(I1280), of Massa di Faicchio (Italy), daughter of the late Giuseppe Cofrancesco and Gelsomina Lavorgna, died yesterday, August 20, 2014, after a long illness. She was Concetta Cofrancesco's cousin, who died last week.  She was married to the late Angelo Lavorgna and is survived by her sons Giuseppe and Carlo Lavorgna and their wives, and her grandchildren Matilde and Angelo Lavorgna. Our prayers for her.
(Photo by Augustine Cofrancesco)
Maria Concetta Cofrancesco

Maria Concetta Cofrancesco (82) (I1255), of Massa di Faicchio (Italy), daughter of the late Biagio Cofrancesco and Loreta Ruggiero suddenly died yesterday morning, August 14, 2014. She spent all her life in Massa di Faicchio, where she owned a grocery and tobacco shop for many years. She is survived by her sister Marzia, and several nephews, nieces, and relatives, in Italy and in the US (Wilmington, DE).
Sandra Cofrancesco
Sandra Cofrancesco

Sandra A. Cofrancesco, 56, (I1974) beloved sister and loving mother of three, unexpectedly passed on Monday 10 February at Hartford Hospital. Born July 2, 1957 in New Haven, CT, she was the first child of Mary and Simon Cofrancesco. Beautiful, kind, funny, sweet and goofy, Sandee was always the life of the party and stuck out from the crowd. She would always engage others in heated debate, even if they just met. Her vivacious personality touched the hearts of the young and old. Sandee only thought of others, reaching out to help family, friends, colleagues, clients and others in need. She never missed a birthday, which was actually her opportunity to sing on the phone. A devout Catholic, Sandee loved to learn more about her faith and had a profound love for the Latin Mass. Sandee is survived and lovingly cherished by: her ex-husband, Donald P. Collins; her three children, Devon (husband Hector), John and Dana; her siblings, Simon, Susan and Steven, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, family, and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Ada Cofrancesco a few months ago

Ada Cofrancesco

Ada Cofrancesco, 95, (I0133) of Cerreto Sannita (Italy) left us Jan 24, 2014. She was the daughter of Alfredo Cofrancesco and Elisabetta Biondi of Cerreto Sannita, and the wife of Florindo Ciarleglio. Her sister Cecilia (Cofrancesco) DiLeone died on May 2011, in the US, when she was 105.

Our warmest condolescence to her relatives and our prayers for her soul.

Ada Cofrancesco as a young girl

Joseph S. Kempczynski

(I2312) passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, in the company of his loving family and friends after a valiant fight against Lung Cancer. He was the husband of Patty (Capodanno). Together they shared many happy years of marriage, laughter and friendship. He was born in Wilmington on June 4, 1944, son of the late Joseph Sr. and Martha (Cofrancesco).

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Pasquale Cofrancesco

  Pasquale Cofrancesco
Pasquale Cofrancesco (I0116) died June 20, 2013 at Cantù (Como, Italy). He was born in Cerreto Sannita (Benevento, Italy) on November 27, 1926. Son of Ciro Cofrancesco and Ludovica Lombardi, Pasquale has been a helpful and kind person and a lawyer with an extraordinary competence and a vast experience gained from thousands of trials. His funeral will be held in San Teodoro Church of Cantù, on June 21, 2013 at 4 p.m., and a mass will be celebrated in Cerreto Sannita on June 28, 2013. Our prayer for him.
Frank Cofrancesco

Frank Cofrancesco

Cofrancesco (I2063) 91, of Lodi, formerly of Paterson, died on November 4, 2012. He was the last living child of Clemente Cofrancesco, of Massa di Faicchio (Italy).

Before retiring he was an export clerk for General Motors. Frank was a WWII Army veteran, a member of the Lodi V.F.W., the Hasbrouck Heights Elks and was a volunteer policeman in Lodi for many years. Beloved husband of the late Frances (nee Calleo). Devoted father of Judy Solan and husband Dennis of Saddle Brook and Valerie Shedlock of Lodi. Loving grandfather of Kristy Kwiatkowski, Eric Solan, Danielle Shedlock, Jaelyn Solan and Mariella Solan. Dear brother of the late Louis Cofrancesco, Lena Negrotto, Ida Bell and Marge Negast. Special brother-in-law of Anthony Calleo.

Funeral Wednesday 10:00 AM at Santangelo Funeral Home, 300 N. Main St., Lodi then to Our Lady of Mt. Virgin R.C. Church for an 11:00 AM Funeral Mass. Interment St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM  

Fiorentina Cofrancesco

Fiorentina Cofrancesco

Fiorentina Cofrancesco (I1675 ) of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy) died on March 24, 2012, at 96. She was the last living daughter of Pietro Cofrancesco and Luisa Ciarlo, and the wife of the late Nicola Cofrancesco, who died in 2010.
We will always remember her and pray for her soul. 

Joseph M Cofrancesco

Joseph M. Cofrancesco

Joseph M. Cofrancesco (I1727) died on January 3, 2012 at 77. He was born in Hamden, CT on May 8, 1934, and retired to Venice, FL in 2002. He served as a medic in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Quinnipiac College and St. Raphael’s School of Medical Technology in New Haven, CT in 1963.
Surviving family members include his wife of 52 years, Beverly; their 4 sons Michael, Matthew, Mark and John and their wives and 4 grandchildren. He also leaves a brother Nick, and two sisters Frances Porter and Lucy Papandrea.

Obituary and video


Maria Carmina Cofrancesco

Maria Carmina Cofrancesco
(I1680) of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), died on November 4, 2011
at 83. Daughter of the late Biagio Cofrancesco and Loreta Ruggiero, and widow of Pasquale Branca, she is survived by her sisters Concetta and Marzia, her children Marco, Michelina, Livia, Ersilia and Emilio Branca, and her grandchildren Marco and Silvia Valcker, and Walter Velardi.


Martha (Kaye) Kempczynski, nee Cofrancesco
Daughter of Marco and Emily (Bove) Cofrancesco dies at 87.

Martha Kempczynski, nee Cofrancesco (Frank) (I0493), 87, the daughter of Marco and Emily (Bove) Cofrancesco, died on November 13, 2011 at Wilmington, Delaware.
Our sympathy to the cousin and friend John Kaye and his brothers for the loss of their beloved Mother Martha.

Born in Wilmington on February 18, 1924 to Marco and Emily (Bove) Cofrancesco. Martha was dedicated to her family. She was a great wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and all around family person. She was always trying to help others, especially her three sons and their families.

In her younger years she enjoyed shuffleboard and played on a few League Championship Teams in the Wilmington area. In later years she loved playing bingo and taking trips to Atlantic City. She also enjoyed watching the Phillies in person and on TV with our Dad. On Sundays and holidays she always cooked more than enough for family and friends that would stop by to visit. Her skills in the kitchen with Italian dishes as well as many other nationality meals gave her the reputation of being an excellent cook. We love her and will miss her dearly.

Martha was predeceased by her daughter, Baby Martha; husband, Joseph; sister, Mary Stevenson; and brother, Alphonse Frank. She is survived by her three sons, Joseph (Kaye) Kempczynski Jr., Tommy Kaye and wife Maria, John Kempczynski; and her grandchildren, Joseph Kempczynski III, Steven Kempczynski and wife Kristin, Michele O'Brien and husband Rory, Alicia Compton and husband Brian, Christian Kaye and wife Nicole, and Michael Anthony. Also, her three great-grandsons, River, Cole, and Vinnie; her sister, Anne Dougherty; and sister-in-law, Hattie Battisto; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much.

Martha was a lifelong member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.



Frank Morico

Frank Morico
Youngest child of Maria Josephine (Cofrancesco) Morico dies at 92.

Dr. Frank E. Morico (I290), 92, long time resident of Old Saybrook, CT, and beloved husband of Gloria (Iacobelli) Morico, passed away peacefully in his home on September 13, 2011. He was born on May 9, 1919 in Hamden, CT, the youngest child of six to the late Ralph and Maria Josephine (Cofrancesco) Morico. He graduated from Hamden High School where he was recognized as an outstanding athlete, most particularly as an all star baseball player. Upon graduation, he ran the trolley cars in New Haven while operating his own bread business. He then served in the US Army during World War II in the medical corp. Dr. Morico married his wife Gloria upon his return home and pursued a medical degree in Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at the Illinois College of Podiatry. He moved to Old Saybrook where he established his practice of 35 years before retirement. It was said that he was the last of the "old time" doctors within the area who was known to treat his patients as his own family. It was not unusual during his retirement to be stopped by his patients just to talk with him and to be remembered by them. One of his greatest pleasures was being part of every celebration, sporting event, and activity with his grandchildren that has created many fond memories. Dr. Morico also enjoyed traveling, working in his yard, golfing, talking sports, and attending the Old Saybrook Rams sporting events with his wife in which they were avid supporters. He leaves behind his wife Gloria of 65 years; his daughter, Patricia Morico of Essex, CT; his son, Frank and wife Kathy of Chester, CT; his grandsons, Nicholas Morico of Lyme, CT and Matthew Morico of Chester, CT; and his granddaughter, Katie and husband Jordan Alcott of Cambridge, MA.

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Ida C Bell (nee Cofrancesco)

Ida C Bell (nee Cofrancesco)

Bell, Ida C. (nee Cofrancesco) (I2064), age 87 of Totowa at rest in Paterson on May 28, 2011. Loving Mother of Charles G. Bell and his wife Carolyn of Totowa. Beloved Grandmother of Nicole Sudol and her husband Jeff of Towaco, and Megan Bell of Totowa. Sister of Frank Cofrancesco of Lodi and the late Margaret Negast, Lena Negrotto and Louis Cofrancesco. Dear best friend of Grace Fodi of Arizona. Ida is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Born in Paterson, she lived in Paterson until 1993 before moving to Totowa. She was an Executive Secretary for Bonat, West Paterson. At the age of 70 she worked for A. Jay Gupta, Montclair/Wayne before retiring at the age of 85.


Nicholas Candido

Nicholas Candido

Nicholas Candido (I0324), 73, of West Haven, husband of Margaret Fields Bertolini Candido passed away at his home on Saturday May 7, 2011, with his family by his side. He was born in New Haven, August 11, 1937, son of the late Generoso and Mary Cofrancesco Candido. Father of Nicholas, Salvatore and Gerald (Margaret) Candido. Stepfather of Elizabeth (Jim) Brown, Robert (Laura) and James (Dorothy) Bertolini. Brother of Anthony (Diane) and Henry (Angela) Candido. Also survived by his grandchildren Justin, Brianna, Ava, Cooper, Ryan, Kristin, Robert, Meghan, Matthew, Jamie and Danielle and his great grandson Dylan. Nicholas was a painter by trade and was a driver for the West Haven Senior Center at Noble Community Center.


Simon Cofrancesco

Simon Cofrancesco

Simon Cofrancesco (I1971), 82, of the Weatogue section of Simsbury, beloved husband of Sandra (Thompson) Cofrancesco, died Thursday, December 30, 2010, at McLean. Born in New Haven, son of the late Arthur and Eleanor (Richardi) Cofrancesco, he served in the U S Army, E Company, 179th Infantry, during the Korean War.  He then receives his BS in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport. His professional career was spent as a free-lance designer doing projects for Boston College, Holyoke Hospital, General Electric among many others. His expertise included interior space design, scientific toys, fitted furniture, traffic engineering, foreign and domestic systems, and well as design challenges of all types. He leaves his wife Sandra (Thompson) Cofrancesco; two sons Dr. Simon Cofrancesco and his wife Roxanna of MS and Steven Cofrancesco and his wife Liudmyla of AZ; two daughters Sandra Cofrancesco of Westfield, MA and Susan Green and her husband Michael of Longmeadow, MA; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter Adriana. Family and friends may gather, Tuesday, January 11, 2011, from 10-11 am at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon followed by a Memorial Service at 11 am with military honors. Burial will be in State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. For condolences please visit


Antoinette (Di Leone) Pepe

Antoinette (Di Leone) Pepe

Antoinette (DiLeone) Pepe, 88, (I0485) of Hamden, CT loving wife of Vito Pepe died peacefully at home November 3rd, 2010. She was born in New Haven, CT daughter of the late Sebastiano & Nunzia DiLeone.


Rinaldo Cofrancesco

Rinaldo Cofrancesco

Rinaldo Cofrancesco (I5), 67, born in Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), passed away Oct 2, 2010 in Garlasco (Pavia, Italy), after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves her beloved wife Antonietta Simone of Massa and his son Tiziano with his wife Anna Sabella.

Giuseppe Cofrancesco

Giuseppe Cofrancesco

Giuseppe Cofrancesco (I1680) left us on May 19, 2010. He was born in Massa di Faicchio (province of Benevento, Italy) on March 18, 1932. He was the son of Pacifico Cofrancesco and Angela Puca. He is survived by his wife Filomena Guarnieri, his two children Pacifico and Lucia, and his two beloved grandchildren Matteo Cofrancesco and Gabriele Righini.
A good and simple person,
a great husband and father,
and a mervellous grandfather,
we want to remember his smile
and his sweetness

Richard Cofrancesco

Richard Cofrancesco

Richard A. Cofrancesco (I1346), grandson of Nicola Cofrancesco (I1188) beloved husband of Doreen Reynolds Cofrancesco of Woodbridge, passed away July 8, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in New Haven, a son of the late Albert and Josephine Martone Cofrancesco and was the owner and operator of Cofrancesco Painting Service for over 40 years with an extremely devoted clientele. He was an avid sports fan, especially the NY Yankees, UCONN Huskies Women's Basketball and Notre Dame Football teams. He also enjoyed coaching Pop Warner football and women's softball. In addition to his wife he is survived by his loving daughters, Sharon (Steve) Martone of North Branford and Kim (Phil) Winterson of Manhattan Beach, CA, also survived by 2 brothers, Albert (Phyllis) Cofrancesco of New Haven and Joseph (Deborah) Cofrancesco of Hamden. Loving grandfather of Isabella and Santino Martone and Natalia Winterson. Richard is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Henry Cofrancesco.



Nicola Cofrancesco

Nicola Cofrancesco
I1252) of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), passed away on April 29, 2010, only ten days after his brother Guido. In the photo, Nicola when he was 29 (1954). Nicola is survived by his wife Fiorentina Cofrancesco (95). They had no children. He was a good and peaceful man and spent all his life in Massa with his wife, cultivating his land.

Guido Cofrancesco

Guido Cofrancesco (I1253) of Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy), 80, passed away on April 19, 2010.

Guido is survived by his wife Anna Cofrancesco, his son Gaetano with his wife Antonietta Simone, his daughter Loretana, with her husband Rodolfo Simone, and his four grandchildren, Guido Cofrancesco, Daniele Cofrancesco, Ferdinando Simone, and Maria Assunta Simone.

He was a policeman, first in Milano, then in Foggia, and finally in Benevento, before retiring.

He was well known and beloved by everyone, and we will always keep his kind smile and his memory in our heart.

Antoinette "Anne" Cofrancesco

Antoinette “Anne” Cofrancesco (nee Culmo) (I54), 91, passed away peacefully in Naples, Fl. on January 30, 2010.

Anne was born in Ansonia, CT on June 28, 1918. In 1944, she married Henry Cofrancesco and in 1946 they moved to Chattanooga, TN and raised three children, Janet, Toni, and Hank. Anne spent most of her life dedicated to community service. While raising her children, she was active in the Girl Scout Program, the Ladies of Charity Organization and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Anne retired to Naples, FL. in 1980 where she continued her community service. She was a volunteer at Our Place Senior Citizen Center and she spent many years with the Naples Fine Arts Society where she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the arts. Anne will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, her integrity and generosity and her witty and fun-loving personality.

Anne is survived by her three children, Janet Hodges (Wayne) of Marietta, GA, Toni Grant (Tom) of Naples, Fl, and Hank Cofrancesco (Connie) of Chattanooga, TN; her grandchildren, Greg Duke (Elena) of Acworth, GA, Trey and Cannon Cofrancesco of Chattanooga, TN, Jeremy Grant of Naples, FL, Christopher Hodges (Joycelyn) of Washington, DC, and Nathaniel Hodges of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren, Evan and Braylee Duke and Lara Hodges. She is also survived by her sisters, Carmella Barone and Jacqueline Ajello, both of Ansonia, CT; as well a numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Mary Culmo; her husband, Henry “Co”, brothers, Joe, Sam, and Fred; and her sister, Irene. Anne will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Margaret Cofrancesco

Margaret M. Negast, nee Cofrancesco

Margaret M. Negast, nee Cofrancesco  (I2065), 82, of Totowa, daughter of Clemente Cofrancesco (I2017),  passed away on December 19, 2009.

Loving Mother of Debra Gans and her husband Ira of Montville. Doting Grandmother of Jaclyn Groninger and her husband Mark of Clifton. Caring Sister of Frank Cofrancesco of Lodi, Ida Bell of Totowa and the late Lena Negrotto and Louis Cofrancesco. Born in Paterson, she lived there before moving to Totowa. Margaret was a Teller at Washington Mutual Bank, Totowa for many years before retiring in 2008. Prior to that, she worked at courtesy for Food Town Supermarket, Haledon for many years.

See her obituary here

Anna Cofrancesco

Anna Cofrancesco Durso  Gannon Clark

Anna Cofrancesco Durso  Gannon Clark (I1297) of Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, the last surviving child of Nicola Cofrancesco and Angelina Corona, died on 23 September 2008, at the age of 83. Condolences are extended to the three children by her marriage to her first husband, Vincent Durso, who predeceased her in 1988.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2018 )

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