Wake: Friends may call on Friday, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 PM in St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, Norwalk.  Burial: Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: Contributions in his name may be made to St. Joseph Church.

Nicholas M. Cotellessa Sr.


November 27, 1923 - March 30, 2011

Nicholas M. Cotellessa Sr., 87, of Rowayton, husband of the late Barbara V. Manjuck Cotellessa, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Greenwich Woods Health Care Center in Greenwich.

Born November 27, 1923 in Stamford, CT, he was the son of the late Angelo Cotellessa Sr. and Domenica Caputo Cotellessa.

Mr. Cotellessa participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps during WWII.  He worked at the Laminated Shim Company for over 30 years before becoming one of the founders of Blaisdell East Mfg. where he was part owner and Vice President of Engineering until his retirement. He was also an avid boater and fisherman on Long Island Sound.

Mr. Cotellessa is survived by his son Nicholas M. Cotellessa Jr., and his wife Wendy of Norwalk, CT and daughters Susan Cotellessa and her husband David McElrath of Mohegan Lake, NY, and Deborah Cotellessa of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by his sisters Anne Valentine of Southbury, CT, Rose Springer of Stamford, CT and Angie Vaiuso of Sandy Hook, CT; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his two sisters Josephine Parte and Mary Terico.

Friends may call on Friday, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 PM in St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, Norwalk.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Contributions in his name may be made to St. Joseph Church.

  1. I was sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I remember good times during the summer going out on your boat and then the eels in the swimming pool.

    September 29, 2011
    Susan Minckler Cary -
  • My deepest sympathy to all of you on your Dad’s passing. It was quite a while ago, but your family were very good neighbors and friends. We had a good neighborhood on Arnold Lane. My very best wishes to all of you.

    September 29, 2011
    Ellen Minckler -
  • DEAR BROTHER NICK, IN OUR HEARTS OUR LOVE FOR YOU WILL BE HERE TODAY AND FOREVER, AND AS WE RELEASE YOU TO GOD OUR HEARTS OUR TORN, SO WE SHALL LIVE WITH ALL OF THE LOVE, STRENGTH AND BEAUTIFUL TREASURED MEMORIES YOU SO GENEROUSLY GAVE EACH OF US, AND THIS WILL HELP TO LIGHTEN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS ALWAYS.

    September 29, 2011
    Sister Angie Vaiuso -
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