portrait picture for Vito J. Ruggiero

Wake: Friends may call Sunday, April 10th, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, from 4:00 to 8:00 P. M. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 11th, at 11:00 A. M. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery. Donations: Memorial contributions are requested to South Norwalk Boat Club Scholarship Fund, 17 Mack Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Vito J. Ruggiero


February 20, 1925 – April 6, 2016

Vito J. Ruggiero also known as Johnny Rogers, 91 of Norwalk, husband of Ann Villani Ruggiero, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home. Born February 20, 1925 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Luigi and Marianna Ruggiero.

He attended Norwalk High School and served in the U.S. Army.  He later spent his entire career as a self-employed general contractor.  He became a member of the South Norwalk Boat Club in 1952 and served several years on the Board of Governors and as a Flag Officer, including four terms as club Commodore.  He also chaired and served on various committees over his 64 years of membership. Vito (Johnny) was honored with his election to Life-Member status in his early years not only for his leadership and hard work but also for his dedication to make his club the best it could be.   Most recently he was instrumental in the formation of the S.N.B.C. Scholarship Program which now, and shall forever bear his name.

In addition, he was active in Little League Baseball as an umpire, coach and assistant district administrator.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Jeannette Pascarelli of Wilton, his son John L. Ruggiero of Winston-Salem, NC, his grandchildren John Pascarelli of South Norwalk,  Jill Ruggiero of Trumbull, Vito and Douglas Ruggiero of Sandy Hook and John L. Ruggiero Jr. of Asheville,  NC, his brother Anthony (Tony) Ruggiero of New Canaan, his sister Carol Fratina of Pembroke Pines, FL, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Theresa Ruggiero; his grandson; Joseph Carelli, ten sisters; Mary Marinella, Louise Rogers, Lucy Rogers, Lily Iannacone, Margaret Mastrianna, Celia Lindquist, Frances DiPisia, Rose Buono, Ange Lombard, and Jennie DePanfilis; three brothers; Joseph Rogers, James Rogers, and Patrick Rogers.

Officers and members of the South Norwalk Boat Club will gather at the funeral home at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, and the St. Ann’s Club will pay their respects at 7:00 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 11th, at 11:00 A. M. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday, April 10th, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, from 4:00 to 8:00 P. M.

Memorial contributions are requested to South Norwalk Boat Club Scholarship Fund, 17 Mack Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

  1. We have many great memories at the club John so loved.

    April 8, 2016
    Joe and Joan Seaman -
  • He maybe gone from our sight, but never from our hearts and memories of times in Norwalk and Vermont.

    April 8, 2016
    David Rysz -
  • We will miss you but you will be in prayers. all our love , Lou & Marylin

    April 10, 2016
    Louis Rogers (Ruggiero) -
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