ONEONTA — Giuseppa Avanzato, 90, of Oneonta, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born on March 5, 1922, in Serra di Falco, Italy, the daughter of Salvatore and Maria (Cali) Giardina. She married Diego Avanzato on December 31, 1941, and he predeceased her on March 16, 1998.
Mrs. Avanzato was a member of St. Mary’s Church, and the Italian American Club.
She was a seamstress, and worked for Oneonta Dress Company and the Dietz Street Dress Company. She also supported her sons in the operation of the Italian Kitchen and most recently Stella Luna Ristorante.
Mrs. Avanzato was skilled in knitting and crocheting, and took great pleasure in making scarves and mittens for friends and family. She loved to travel, and made many trips to Italy. Mostly, she adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Antoinette (Jack) Ragona of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; three sons, Salvatore (Josephine) Avanzato of Petersburg, NJ, Vincenzo (Ruth) Avanzato of Oneonta, and Antonio (Rosemarie) Avanzato of Oneonta.
Her grandchildren, Guy, Angela Jo-Jo, Dino, Diego, Jeanette, Giuliva, Dino, Giacomo, Joey, Olivia, Gianluca, and Massimo; her great grandchildren, Gabriella, Daniel, Enzo, Maximo, Raffaele, and Luca; her sisters, Carmela (Rosario) Vento of Oneonta, Anna Turco, Diega Giardina of Italy; her brother, Jack Giardina of Italy, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins in Oneonta and Italy.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Francesca Messina, Vincenza Giardina, and Antoinette LaVersa.
A funeral mass will be offered on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev Joseph Benintende, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
Friends may call on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund for Local Needy Children, c/o Antonio Avanzato, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at http://www.bennettfh.com/.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.