Darlene Cafiero

November 2, 1958January 24, 2019

Uncasville-Darlene M. Cafiero, age 60, of Uncasville, passed away on January 24, 2019, at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. She was born on November 2, 1958 in Bronx, NY to the late Karl and Theresa (Uhlig) Zatorski. Darlene’s greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She loved being on the water, especially taking cruises and visiting her favorite island of St. Thomas. She also enjoyed dolphins and anything Disney. Darlene’s hobbies include knitting, sewing and coloring in adult coloring books. She was a former member of the organization RSD.

She is survived by her loving husband Ken Cafiero of Uncasville, a son Steven Cafiero and his wife Crystal of Missouri, a son Keith Cafiero and his wife Kathy of Norwich, a daughter Kimberly Frechette and her husband Daniel of Moosup and grandchildren Matthew Cafiero, Michael Cafiero, Madelyn Cafiero, Kayliana Cafiero, Natalie Frechette, and Donovan Frechette. She also leaves behind her dog “Zeus” and her ferret “Bandit”.

Family and friends may visit Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich New London Tpke., Uncasville on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the funeral home. Please visit to leave an online condolence.


  • Calling Hours / Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2019

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February 5, 2019

To me Darlene was my Aunt Penny. Three years older than me she was more best friend then Aunt. Growing-up we would visited my Grandparents (Karl and Tess, as my grandfather would called her, nearly every weekend. At the time of the attach picture Aunt Penny and Aunt Ronnie (Veronica) were living in Staten Island with the gentle giant Kismet. I don't recall if Uncle Karl (Junior) was there or on his boat at the time of this photo. Aunt Cookie, (Caroline) was in West Virginia with her own family. Prior to Staten Island that they all lived in the Bronx. It was there that Aunt Penny and Aunt Ronnie would take me to block parties for the saint festivals and do day trips throughout the city. The Bronx Zoo, circus, when in town were some of our favorite local trips. But my fondest memories with Aunt Penny were of our escapes. They includes Statue of Liberty, Hershey, PA Niagara Falls and Washington, DC to name a few.

The attached picture is of Penny and Kismet. Kismet loved her walks and her bones Grandpa would save for her. Aunt Penny could handle Kisnet. I would joke that her right arm would be longer than her left, if Kismet had it her way. She could pull your arm out of your socket if you let her! And heaven help you if she spotted a cat or a squirrel.

Sadly, I never saw Aunt Penny after the riff between her and Mom. I was a teen then and over the years, I have looking for her to not avail until now.

I am grateful to learn she found happiness and has a loving family. My condolences.

Tim Frankel