Hortense Baffa

April 11, 1915May 28, 2018
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Longtime Stamford resident Horty (Hortense) Baffa passed away May 28, 2018 at Stamford Hospital. She was 103 years old.

Horty was born in New York, NY on April 11, 1915 to the late Maria and Pasquale Baffa. The oldest of 6 children, Horty led a life devoted to the service of others. She fiercely cared for her family members and dedicated her life to a 47 year career as Executive Director, and later as President, of Catholic Big Sisters in New York City. Additionally, she served as an Almoner for The Havens Relief Fund Society of New York City, helping to provide emergency relief funds to those in need. Horty positively changed the lives of each person she met and helped countless families over the course of her career.

Horty was admired, respected, and loved by all who knew her. She was known for her devotion to family and friends, her generous heart, her booming laugh, her talent for organzing and, most notably, her iron will. In more recent years, she achieved a personal goal in researching and completing a family geneology album, dating back to 1700 and in doing so, reunited and introduced family members from all over the world with our family here in the United States. Horty is survived by her youngest brother, Alfred Baffa and his wife, Gemma, along with 9 of her 12 beloved nieces and nephews, to include Robert Castrignano and Theresa Cribbin, both of Stamford. She was “Aunt Horty” to an additional 26 great nieces and nephews and another 19 (and counting) great, great nieces and nephews- all of whom adored her for choosing to play an active part in their lives. Words cannot express how sorely she will be missed.

The family will receive visitors at Gallagher Funeral Home on Monday, June 4 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gabriel Church on Tuesday at 10am . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lymphoma Foundation.


  • Visitation Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hortense Baffa

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susan zappo

July 8, 2018

Oh, Horty, you were such a gift in my life and in our world. I loved being your friend and the things we did together. I felt loved and your caring was amazing, expressed in so many ways. You shared your wisdom, love of family, and time, always following up, helping. I was in awe of what you were able to do and accomplish throughout your older years and your fidelity in your work years before. You modeled a life well lived. I am so glad I was a part of it. I miss you, and my heart breaks for your loved ones.

Robert Baffa

June 3, 2018

Carmella & Jerry Maliszewski

June 1, 2018

With our deepest sympathy to the family of Horty Baffa! We have been so fortunate to have had this beautiful lady in our lives! Always loved talking to her, loved all her great knowledge and her amazing organization skills. Loved hearing all the great stories my daughter in law, Carrie Maliszewski would tell me about Aunt Horty, they would always put a smile on your face and love in your heart.
Horty you will be truly missed but never forgotten! God bless you and my you now Rest In Peace!
Love and prayers, Jerry & Carmella Maliszewski ❤️🙏🏻

Marliss Walther

June 1, 2018

Horty was a very special friend of my mother’s and myself. It was an honor and a privilege to have known and loved her. Her inspiration and indomitable spirit will live with all of us who knew her.
Holding all the family in my thoughts.