Krysta Cuccia Hamilton, 42, horse trainer, longtime Ridgefielder

Krysta A. Hamilton of Ridgefield, a longtime Ridgefielder who had been a horse trainer and business manager, died on Sunday, June 30, at Danbury Hospital. She was 42 years old and wife of Dennis Hamilton Jr.

Mrs. Hamilton was born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., daughter of Fred Cuccia of Larchmont, N.Y., and the late Krystyn Zipparo. She grew up in Ridgefield where she attended local schools and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1989.

Mrs. Hamilton was a professional horse trainer at Moonlight Farm Stables of Redding. “Krysta had a lifelong love of horses, which she shared with her daughters, sister and father,” her family said.

She had also worked as a medical claims specialist and had managed her husband’s irrigation business.

Mrs. Hamilton was a member of St. Mary’s Parish.

“She was an amazing mother and best friend who was always there supporting us, making everything feel so special. She was always there for us, and gave us so much strength,” said her daughters.

“Krysta had magnetic energy and was extremely passionate, and loved to be surrounded by family and friends,” her family said. “She was a deeply loving and thoughtful mother of three girls. Her home was always open, and she always made sure visitors were well fed and loved.

“She was incredible strong, and known for advocating for those in need, and was always willing to take on huge and challenging projects. She had an impressive ability to stay positive and always wear a smile.”

Besides her husband of 22 years and her father, she is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Hamilton, Jessica Hamilton and Nicole Hamilton; five brothers, Jay Zipparo, Greg Zipparo, Joe Zipparo, David Zipparo and Todd Cuccia; three sisters, Ali Zipparo, Hillary Collins and Brooke Manning; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 5, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a children’s educational fund that will be set up soon at Fairfield County Bank, P.O. Box 2050, Ridgefield, CT 06877-0950