NORWALK, Conn. – Yolanda Risko, of Norwalk, died Sunday, March 8 at Wilton Meadows Health Care Center. She was 97.
The daughter of Theresa and John B. Risko, Risko was a longtime resident of East Norwalk. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 1935 and worked at Nash Engineering for more than 40 years. She was a faithful lifelong member of East Avenue United Methodist Church in East Norwalk and was a featured soloist with the choirs of Saugatuck Congregational Church, Temple Israel in Westport and Stamford Congregational Church.
Risko also was a longtime member of the Fairfield County Chorale, which performed and toured frequently, including trips to Europe and Japan. She served as a volunteer usher for many years at Westport Country Playhouse and volunteered her time with Norwalk Meals-on-Wheels and the Connecticut Welcome Center at the Darien rest area on the Connecticut Turnpike, earning recognition for her many volunteer activities.
Risko is survived by her sister; one niece and three nephews. She is predeceased by two sisters. Internment at Riverside Cemetery by Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home was performed in a private family ceremony. Risko’s family will welcome visitors at a brief memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 in the theater at Brookdale Place Senior Living, 96 Danbury Road, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to East Avenue United Methodist Church, 244 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06855 or Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. Norwalk’s Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory, 5 E. Wall St. has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit www.norwalkfh.com for more information.
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