D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Teodoro Spera

May 3, 1913March 15, 2020

Teodoro Spera, 106, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2020 to join in Heaven, his loving wife of 64 years Olga Secondina (Colasacco) Spera. Teodoro was born on May 3, 1913 in Capo d’Aqua, Italy and was one of six children to Vincenzo and Amelia (Alleva) Spera. Teodoro spent his first 45 years in Italy where he served in the Italian Army for 10 years during World War II, in 1947 he married his beloved Olga and they started their family. In 1955, Teodoro immigrated to the United Stated with the hope of providing a better life and more opportunities for his children. In 1958, his wife and children were able to join him and they were happy to be reunited and began to live their American dream. In 1961, Teodoro proudly took the oath and became a U.S. Citizen, a true milestone for him. Teodoro worked for the Charter Oak Construction Company for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1983. A devout Catholic he was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield. Teodoro enjoyed gardening, playing cards, a good old-fashioned pig roast, celebrating his many birthdays and especially being with his family. His greatest joy was time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He cherished their brunches after Mass followed by a traditional Sunday dinner. He especially enjoyed sipping his espresso and enjoying the laughter and conversation of his family. Teodoro will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his loving children, Vincent and Sherian Spera and Nadia and Gerald Chagnon all of Wethersfield. He will be especially missed by his cherished grandchildren, Shannon Breen and her husband Steve, Jennifer Garrity and her husband Anthony, Scott Chagnon and his girlfriend Shannon Bouffard and Kelly Southwick and her husband Greg. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, John Peters, Morgan Peters, Madison Garrity and Anthony Garrity, Jr. He will also be missed by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gregorio Colasacco, Guido and Adria Colasacco, Palmina Caroso and Maria Colasacco. In addition he leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will leave at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19th, from the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Entombment will immediately follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-7 at the funeral chapel. Memorial donations in may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Entombment Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 19, 2020


Teodoro Spera

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Evandro Santini

March 19, 2020

I have many memories of stories he shared with me about his times on the Russian Front and WWII in general. May he rest in peace.

Ray and Kathy Daddario

March 18, 2020

Our Prayers and Sympathy to the family during this time of grieving. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May you find comfort and peace in all the wonderful memories you have. He was truly a special man who was loved and will be missed by many.

Wendy McGuire

March 18, 2020

John and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We hope all the good memories of Teodoro comfort you at this time.

Joe Leverette

March 18, 2020

Cherish all the good memories you have created together. You all are in our prayers.


March 18, 2020

My condolence to the family, my heart and prayers are with you.

Nancy Anderson

March 17, 2020

I met Mr Spera at Greg and Kellys wedding! What an honor it was!
He was just so happy to be there, and was so happy to speak to everyone as they arrived. Kelly and Greg talked so fondly and lovingly of their grampa. I am so so sorry for your loss. Hold those memories close to your heart Kelly. We love you.
Phil and Nancy Anderson

Tony Colasacco

March 17, 2020

To my dear Spera cousins and respective families, there are no words to tell you how sorry I am and that I can't be with you during this time.
I always enjoyed the time spent with Zio Teodoro and can't never forget the many war stories he loved to tell and the many pig roast he very proudly prepared, the one I cherish the most is the one he prepared for Giovanni's graduation, he carefully supervised the slow roasting, for hours, adding the proper amount of charcoal at the right time and brushing his secret (alcoholic) ingredients to the skin so it would be nice and crunchy and that was not enough, he refused to sit down and enjoy it because it had to be carved perfectly, only after everyone had received the perfect piece and an abundant amount he sat down sipped on a glass of wine and enjoyed his masterpiece. I love zio and miss him.
I wish I could take away your pain, just know that I am with you and praying for your confort. God Bless zio, Rest In Peace.