Veronica Cretella

Veronica Cretella (Kolakowski)

Monday, September 27th, 1943 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Devoted to her family and Nursing

PROSPECT – Veronica (Kolakowski) Cretella, age 76 of Prospect, passed away peacefully on August 11th 2020 at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Drew Sholley and the widow of the late Anthony Cretella.

Veronica was born on September 27, 1943 in Waterbury the daughter of the late Joseph and Jane (Gesek) Kolakowski. She was raised in the Union City section of Naugatuck and was a graduate of Naugatuck High School. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital, School of Nursing and went on to attain her Bachelors degree in Nursing from Quinnipiac College. Veronica worked for many years as a Nursing Home Administrator throughout the State of Connecticut. She loved dancing, traveling and attending her grandkids sporting events as their Number #1 cheerleader but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.

Left to cherish her memory and honor her love and legacy, besides her husband, Drew and his family are her children; son, Anthony Cretella and his wife Tracy of Wallingford and daughter, Elizabeth Schmeizl and her husband George of Hebron. Veronica was blessed with four devoted grandchildren; Anthony and Lauren and Nicholas and Faith. Her grandson Nicholas will follow in grammy’s footsteps as he begins nursing school later this month.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cretella will be held on Friday August 21, 2020 at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St @Southmayd Rd. Waterbury CT 06705 to St. Anthony’s R.C. Church to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m.. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury. Relatives and friends may visit with Veronica’s family on Friday morning from 9:00 till 10:45 a.m. All applicable rules regarding COVID#19 will be strictly enforced. To honor Veronica’s memory, please consider a donation to the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department. 26 New Haven Rd. Prospect CT 06715. Memories endure only if you share them so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Cretella family on Veronica’s tribute page at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 11:30am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 11:30am
    Saint Anthony Roman Catholic Church
    4 Union City Rd
    Prospect, CT 06712
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  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    2324 East Main ST
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Professor Morono

Posted at 11:34pm
Drew -- we were very sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing -- you guys may have been our longest-running fans...
- our best to you & the family

-- Professor 'Prof' Morono - ROCKIN' HEARTBEATS BAND

MaryAnn & Louie Scozzafava

Posted at 11:20pm
Louie & MaryAnn Scozzafava.

Our deepest condolences to Beth and Tony and their families for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Louie & I will never forgot the warm welcome to the Klein Drive neighborhood, we received from your Mom.
Ronnie came over holding a warm apple pie, introducing herself, and us to her bubbly personality and beautiful smile. It was the beginning of our neighborhood friendship that lasted for years. She will be missed. Rest In Peace Ronnie 🙏 Louie & MaryAnn Scozzafava
Will always treasure the wonderful memories shared as your neighbors on Klein Drive. Louie & MaryAnn Scozzafava.


Tony Catapano

Posted at 08:31am
Please accept our condolences, and accept our apologies for not attending services for Aunt Ronnie due to Covid 19 concerns. I will always remember Aunt Ronnie and Uncle Tony visiting my family at the beach in Milford. Being surrounded by good people growing up has always been a blessing and fine example that I continue to try to pass on to my family. God bless you, AJ and Beth, I will keep you in my prayers. Tony Catapano

New Haven State's Attorney's Office

Posted at 11:09am
With deepest sympathy and our heartfelt condolences.
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Cindy Catapano

Posted at 10:50am
Anthony and Beth, we were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Ronnie was a beautiful kind lady. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love and prayers.
Nick and Cindy Catapano

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