May 21, 1950 ~ March 11, 2021

Born in: Bridgeport, CT
Resided in: Oxford, CT

Anthony (Tony) Wayne Szerszen, 70, of Oxford passed away at Griffin Hospital on March 11, 2021. Born in Bridgeport on May 21, 1950, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Martha Nell Lumley Szerszen. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Catherine Morrell Szerszen, his son Jason Szerszen (Danielle), daughter Carissa Jablonski (Adam), and stepchildren Katie Riccio (Tony), Colleen Visel, Christine Visel (Michael), John M. Visel (Lily), and Richard Visel (Nella). Brother of Stan Szerszen (Suzanne), Jeff Szerszen (Susan), and Marcella Polozzolo (Joe). He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Giuseppe Riccio, Marcello Visel, Harlow and Wes Jablonski, and Ava, Drew, and Charlie Szerszen.
Anthony was a proud U.S. Veteran, having served in the Air Force. He worked at Nasdaq as the Director of Data Configuration, and also helped many people find their dream homes as a realtor for Berkshire-Hathaway of Southbury. He was able to share his love of music as the Director of the Connecticut Yankee Chorus and as a participant in Barbershop-style chorus and quartets. While singing brought him great joy, it was spending quality time with his devoted wife Catherine and his loving family that made him happiest.
His wife Catherine extends her heartfelt appreciation for the quality of care, compassion and empathy provided by Dr. Gondalia, Dr. Gowda, Dr. Qaiser, Dr. Reihani, and the ICU nursing staff.
Funeral Services for Anthony will be private. BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden is in care of arrangements. Donations in Anthony’s memory may be sent to the Griffin Hospital – Griffin Health Covid-19 Fund, 130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418, or given online at

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  1. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Tony was always a pleasure to work with and talk with in the office.

  2. Catherine and family

    Phil and I were sadden to hear about the passing of Tony. Although we did not know him very well, when we were in his company we could see he was a caring and devoted man. Phil and I enjoyed speaking with him. Catherine, we know that this is a difficult time, but with God’s help and your family, you will get through this. If you need us, you know where to find us.

    Philip and Lois Andrews

  3. Our deepest sympathy. We loved Tony like a brother. We met Tony thru Barbershopping in 1984, and it was as if we had known each other our whole lives! He was truly like a brother. And just like a brother he is deeply missed! To those of us who know him his accomplishments were truly magnificent, but not surprising!
    Our prayers to Cathy, the love of his life and his children and grandchildren. Sing in Heaven’s Harmony Choir, Tony, we love you.
    Mike and Sherry Packevicz

  4. Tony was a dear friend and lover of Barbershop music. He was dedicated to the CT Yankee chorus and also the Silk City Chorus in Manchester. I enjoyed singing with him and enjoyed his flamboyant directing. I will miss his friendship dearly.

  5. I will always remember Tony as a kind gentle lover of music specially barbershop harmony. As a Director of a Barbershop chorus he was always thoroughly prepared to gently bring the best out of each singer. It was a joy to work and sing with him. He is missed and I thank him for his dedication and congeniality and Cathy for her generous support also.

  6. our thoughts and prayers to you and yours.
    Wonderful man and father
    God Bless all of you
    Betty and Al Palmucci

  7. Our loss will certainly be Heaven’s gain….we are sending our deepest sympathy, our loving concern, and our sincere hope for your healing and peace. Tony was a special friend to both of us and helped us in more ways than I can mention. He was always there to lend a helping hand for no matter what we needed, and we know he wasn’t always feeling the best when he did. His love for you, Cathy, was like one out of a storybook, and he couldn’t wait for your birthday or Christmas to plan something very special for you. His creative and artistic ability were beyond compare, and we know you were the benefactor of the results of this creativity. Though your heart is heavy now, please think of all of the wonderful times you shared while you were together, and may these memories sustain you until you are together again to make new ones.
    With sympathy, friendship, and love…..Mike & Donna Del Re

  8. Tony was a wonderful man. He stepped in to direct the New Haven Barbershop chorus and did a great job. He had a special talent for showmanship.

    He was an excellent singer and would help anyone who asked for help. It was amazing to see the creativity and effort he brought to directing our chorus.

    As a person, he was sincere and made everyone feel comfortable. Tony had amazing
    patience. I will miss him. I offer my condolences to his family. Thank you for lending him to us for so many hours.

  9. Dearest Catherine,
    I want to send sincere condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. I am here if you need me. Prayers and love,
    Noreen Adams

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking and praying for you and your family at this difficult time.

  11. Dear Catherine,
    Grief is a reminder that Tony loved you. May the peace that comes from the memories of his love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our hearts are filled with sorrow for you. We send our thoughts and prayers for you.
    Linda and Bill Soter

  12. I’m so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. We worked together for many years at Nasdaq. I remember his pride in his children and his sense of humor.

  13. I am so saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. Tony was such a dear, kind giving person. He helped sell my Mom’s condo in Heritage and went above and beyond what his job was. He was such a pleasure to work with.

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