portrait picture for Joseph Anthony Lao

Wake:Wednesday, January 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Thursday, January 17, at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk.Interment:St. John cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Joseph Anthony Lao


April 19, 1947 ~ January 13, 2019

Joseph Anthony Lao, 71, died peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Waterbury Hospital surrounded by family and close friends.

Born on April 19, 1947, in the Bronx, New York, he was the son of the late Anthony Joseph Lao and Lucy Murgalo Lao. His parents relocated the family from the Bronx to Norwalk in 1978 where they lived for the next 28 years. Joseph was very endearing, friendly and loved by all who knew him and was unofficially known as the “Mayor of Norwalk”. Over the years he held various jobs. He lived in Heritage Village in Southbury since 2005.

Joseph is survived by his two nieces Carol Schneider and Donna Schneider, originally from Norwalk, now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased in life by his only sibling, sister Theresa Schneider.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 17, at 12:00 Noon at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, January 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.

  1. Rest in peace my dear Uncle Joey. I will forever remember you with a smile and will miss seeing you and talking to you over the phone every week. Now you will be Donna and my guardian angel in heaven and I know you are with Theresa, and your mom and dad (grandma and grandpa) drinking coffee and playing Uno. Please tell them all how much we miss them! I love you very much….Carol Anne

    January 24, 2019
    Carol Schneider -

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