Tina D'Agostino

May 9, 1935June 10, 2021
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Christina “Tina” Lerz D’Agostino, 86, of Plantsville, passed away June 10, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with thymoma cancer. Her family came first and was above all else. It was a value she instilled in her children and grandchildren. As a young girl, she waitressed at the family-owned Lerz’s Restaurant in Waterbury with her parents and siblings. In high school, she led both Wilby and Southington High School’s marching bands with pride. Tina also played the fife in several fife and drum corps. She taught baton at Hatton School. She loved her time as a teacher’s aide helping young students. She was a travel agent, alongside her sister Louise, at the family-owned Paradise Travel Agency in Plantsville. She worked at Union Trust Bank, where she made many lifelong friends. Making family birthday cakes, pepper biscuits, and cookies was something she loved. She enjoyed vacations to Las Vegas to visit her family there. In 1957, she met Joe, and the two were inseparable from that point on. They were married for 60 years and leave behind four children, Donna D’Agostino, Patricia (D’Agostino) Whalen and Steven Whalen Sr. with whom she made her home, Joseph Jr. and Joanne D’Agostino, and Mark Sr. and Karen D’Agostino. She is also survived by her adored grandchildren, Anna (Whalen) and Christopher Cornett, Steven Whalen Jr. and Alicia Whalen, Joseph III, Dante, Mark Jr., Silvio, and Christian D’Agostino; a great-granddaughter Juliana Cornett, and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph, parents Joseph and Louise Lerz, in-laws Arthur and Anna D’Agostino, brothers Joseph and Harold Lerz, sisters Mary Weston and Louise Eisenbeiser. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:15 am from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. to St. Thomas Church for a Mass at 10 am. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2-5 pm. Donations may be made in Tina’s memory to Southington Catholic, 133 Bristol St. Southington, CT 06489 For online condolences and directions please visit


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, June 14, 2021


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June 26, 2021

Mark, Joe and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Dad remembers her from Waterbury back in the day. I remember how she was always so nice when I'd see her on Green Valley Drive. Where has time gone?

The DePaola's. Nick , Eleanor and Bob

Linda Crea

June 16, 2021

Dear Mark, Karen and Family,

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. May God bless and comfort you at this difficult time. Sending you loving thoughts. XOXO Linda

Don and Diane Bouchard

June 15, 2021

Joe, Mark, and family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob And Jill Bouchard

June 13, 2021

We are very saddened to hear of your loss.
Jill and Bob Bouchard

Ann Miceli

June 13, 2021

Anna, Chris, Juliana and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how special Grandma was to all of you and to your entire extended family. We always enjoyed hearing Grandma stories at work and benefitting from the cookie and pepper ring making she so enjoyed! Carl and I were literally just talking about her pepper rings last weekend. We continue to contend they are the best we’ve ever had and any we have the opportunity to enjoy will forever be compared to hers! I know Chris makes them too so he has some big shoes to fill in that department. Our hearts are sad and sore for all of you and hope for better days to come.

Christine Dahlgren

June 13, 2021

The most wonderful person of all. You truly are in the hearts of many, the memories of you are endless. An angel on earth, now Heaven is rejoicing with your arrival.

Luche lerz

June 12, 2021

Aunt Tina was truly a Matriarch of our family and the Salt of the earth. Any memory of her puts a smile on my face, and the feeling of a person who had endless love, thoughtfulness,understanding, and forgiveness for her family. Rest in Peace.

Jan & Ed Scarino

June 11, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of such a beautiful lady
I met your Mom through Marlene & her Mom Lou
We spent a few times together at Marlene’s for get togethers & talked about her times in Waterbury
She will always be Aunt Tina to us & I make her pepper biscuit recipe very often & we were fortunate to enjoy her cookies on the holidays
May she Rest In Peace & I know Joe will meet her at the gates of Heaven
❤️❤️❤️ Jan & Ed Scarino

Joanne Palmieri

June 11, 2021

Patty, Donna, Joe and Mark, there are absolutely no words to console any of you on the loss of your mom. What I can tell you is your mom truly was an angel living among us.
Your mom had the most beautiful and welcoming smile which was a genuine characteristic of the way she lived and loved her family and friends.
On many occasions when your mom and I were texting, our messaging always came around to thoughts of all of you and your families. Of course your mom was always interested in the things going on in my family too. Commenting always on our three grandchildren too.
As you all know your mom was a terrific cook and a baker. Her pepper biscuits were known by all of us and the best part was your mom loved to share her delicious food and amazing pastries.
The marriages of Anna and Steven and the birth of Juliana were events that I’m positive brought your mom’s love to new heights.
I know your mom is very happy in reuniting with her beloved Joe, your dad and together they will now watch over all of you in death as they both did in life. With much love, Joanne