Sophie B. Zaccaro

Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:16


Sophie B. Zaccaro, 85, of Bristol passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2020, at Bristol Hospital while her family sang “You Are My Sunshine.”

She loved to sing, and was known to yodel on occasion, a skill that diminished over time, but one that always brought the house down.

Born October 20, 1934, in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Mary (Paolitto) Bongiovanni, moving to Bristol where she raised her family, and made many lifelong friends.

Sophie retired from Cigna after 25 years of service. She loved to travel, both in America and Europe, with her family, her friend Pat Cerreta, and sometimes on her own. She had the most pleasure when she was surrounded by her grandchildren and especially her great-granddaughters.

She is survived by her children, Donna Bedner and husband Russ, Nicholas Zaccaro III, Patricia Tessman and Lynn Cerreta and husband Scott; eight grandchildren, Gary (Kelli), Eric (Jessica), Richie, Anthony (Fiancée Kasey), Dana, Megan, Mike and Ronnie; two great granddaughters, Kaydence and Eliana; a sister, Theresa Wasielewski and her children, Edward (Erin), Cara (Marc) and son Evan, and Mark (Katelyn); a sister-in-law, Donna Bongiovanni and her daughter Sara (Sean); cousin-sister, Frances “Frani” Tedeschi, and a nephew, Billy. She also leaves behind some very special people, who are more family than friends: Cindy Cannata and her family have always had a special place in Sophie’s heart; Mickey Gilbert, and Cathy, who helped Sophie during her most difficult times, taking her on numerous excursions and coming every Friday to play cards.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Cynthia Ann, and looked forward to the time when she could be reunited with her; three brothers, Sebastian Bongiovanni Jr and twins, Carmen and Joseph Bongiovanni and a brother-in-law, Edward Wasielewski.

A special thank you to the staff at The Pines, Bristol, a place where Sophie called home for three years.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Feb. 14th, from 5-7 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. There are no services and burial will be private. For online condolences and directions please visit,

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:16. Updated: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:19.