Verena Tazzioli

Verena Tazzioli (Gosteli)

February 25, 1924 - December 27, 2020
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Verena Tazzioli, age 96, of Shelton, peacefully entered into rest on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was the devoted wife of the late Fabrizio Tazzioli for 41 years.

Verena was born in Bern, Switzerland on February 25, 1924 the daughter of the late Ernst and Lina (Megert) Gosteli.

Matriarch of the family, known as Aunt Vreni to most, she lead a long and accomplished life. Verena spoke four languages— Suisse-German, Italian, French, and English. She came to America in 1968 to help raise her widowed brother’s four children.

Verena was the beloved aunt and surrogate mother to Helen Pipa (John) of Shelton, Ernest Gosteli of Bridgeport, Rudolph Gosteli (Stephanie) of Branford, and Brigitte Berner (Bill) of East Hartford; loving great-aunt to Alison Piccirillo (Matt), Kate Pipa, Carl Berner (Michele), Jessica Berner, Marcelle Bearrs (Scot), and Claire Gosteli, and cherished great-great-aunt to Cailyn and Lilah Piccirillo. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews in Switzerland and Italy. In addition to her husband, Verena was predeceased by two brothers, Ernst Gosteli (Marcelle) and Franz Gosteli (Hedy), and two sisters, Klara Studer (Otto) and Marta Voegeli (Fred).

Verena was a member of the African Violet Society and the Swiss-American Association of Connecticut, as well as Huntington United Methodist Church in her later years. She was a loving aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, and friend that spoiled everyone with her chocolate and attention. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking, skiing, drives to the beach in Stratford, getting her hair and nails done, playing cards with friends, going out to lunch, doing puzzles, shopping (especially for her favorite cashmere sweaters), and walking for her health. She passed on her love of sewing, knitting, and needle crafts to her family. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Due to the pandemic her funeral services are private. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton has been entrusted with her arrangements. Friends may leave condolences at and give to any charity of their choosing in her honor.
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  • Private

    January 11th, 2021 |
    January 11th, 2021
    Riverview Funeral Home
    390 River Road
    Shelton, CT 06484
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Julie & Dennis Kulish

Posted at 08:45am
To the family of Verena, Dennis & I extend our most sincere condolences for her passing. We met Verena thru her brother Ernie many years ago. She was a kind and loving gracious lady. She cared for her family with much love as well as her friends. May she rest in peace. Know that you all have a guardian angel watching over you. Our deepest sympathy.

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