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New Fairfield native dies in New Jersey swimming accident less than a month after her wedding

NEW FAIRFIELD – A New Fairfield bride, remembered for her beaming smile and kind, adventurous spirit, recently died following a swimming accident on the Jersey Shore.

Nicole Vengalli-Ferrari was one of many distressed swimmers withdrawn from the ocean on September 18 at a beach in Toms River, NJ

The 27-year-old was taken to a nearby medical center after emergency personnel responded to reports of swimmers in distress at Ortley Beach around 12:30 p.m., according to the Toms River Police Department.

Firefighters lifted Vengalli-Ferrari from the water, brought her to land and performed CPR. Authorities said she initially did not have a pulse but found one before being transported to Toms River Community Medical Center.

She passed away, despite efforts to save her life.

“This is such a horrific tragedy and the family hope everyone will respect their privacy during this time of mourning,” lawyer Joe Romanello said on behalf of the Vengalli family.

Vengalli-Ferrari “touched everyone she met with her lively personality and million dollar smile,” according to her obituary, and she was “fiercely loyal to family and friends.”

The former New Fairfield High School student and former lacrosse player was laid to rest on Monday following a Christian funeral at Saint Edward’s Church in New Fairfield, where she had celebrated her wedding 38 days earlier.

She married Stephen Ferrari at Saint Edward Church on August 20. Described as “a perfect match,” the couple enjoyed traveling and trying adventurous activities, according to their obituary.

There was nothing Vengalli-Ferrari “couldn’t do or wouldn’t want to try,” according to its obituary. “Her motto in life was ‘Carpe Diem’ and she really made the day go by doing everything she loved.”

After graduating from New Fairfield High School in 2012, Vengalli-Ferrari received a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Fairfield University in 2016.

She was working as the AI ​​applications plan coordinator for IBM at the time of her death, according to her obituary.

Vengalli-Ferrari’s untimely death sparked a wave of community support for his grieving family.

“Everyone who knew Nicole will always remember her smile and her giant, joyful heart,” New Fairfield Lacrosse wrote in a Facebook post after her death.

New Fairfield resident Jake Kaplan has created a Meal Train page for people to sign up to provide meals for the Vengalli family during this difficult time.

“The Vengalli family is in mourning for a terrible tragedy,” Kaplan wrote. “I wanted to give them one less reason to worry on a daily basis, or one less reason to leave home if they’re not ready.

More than 60 individuals and families have volunteered to provide meals for the family until the end of the year.

Prime Time Fitness on Dunham Drive hosted a Tour and Circuit Class Benefit Tournament last weekend to celebrate and honor the life of Vengalli-Ferrari, as well as raise funds for his family.

“We here at Prime Time were privileged to watch this smart, kind and amazing young teenager grow into an even more amazing woman,” the company said on its Facebook page.

A scholarship fund at New Fairfield High School has been established in memory of the late graduate.

Donations for the Nicole Marie Vengalli-Ferrari Scholarship Fund can be sent to New Fairfield High School, Attention: Barbara Schwalbe, 54 Gillotti Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812. Checks should be made payable to NFHS with “Nicole” Marie Vengalli-Ferrari Scholarship Fund “in the memo.

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