Sylvia Y. Arena (née Galella), 86, a former resident of Stamford and Ridgefield passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, CT. She was born in Stamford on July 29, 1930 to the late James and Yolanda (Cimbalo) Galella.
Sylvia was a graduate of Stamford High School, Class of 1948 and lived in Stamford for 30 years before moving to Ridgefield in 1962 where she resided for over 50 years with her late husband, Joseph Arena. She was a secretary for the Ridgefield, CT Public Schools from 1976 until her retirement in 1996 and was an active member of the Ridgefield Senior Center, the Local Chapter of AARP, a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield and also the St. Mary’s Church Fair Committee of Ridgefield. Sylvia had a passion for cooking great Italian meals for her family and friends. She also loved knitting, family visits, and listening to her favorite Italian music radio show on Sundays.