John J. Healey Funeral Home

2005 West 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY


Georgette Scalese

June 18, 1941December 31, 2019
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SCALESE, Georgette on December 31, 2019. Beloved wife of Thomas. Loving mother of Lisa & David Pistilli, Dawn & John McGuinness, Gena & Chris Spinelli and Thomas Scalese. Dear grandmother of Nicholas & Lyndia Pistilli, Georgianna Pistilli, Isabella Pistilli, Johnny McGuinness, Michael McGuinness, Mack McGuinness, Christopher Spinelli, Alexander Spinelli and great-grandmother of Elijah Pistilli. Reposing Friday, 2-5 & 7-9 at the JOHN J. HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2005 W 6 Street, Brooklyn, NY. Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday, 9:30 am at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church. Entombment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Entombment Saturday, January 4, 2020


Georgette Scalese

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Tara Scalese

January 10, 2020

Aunt Georgette. She was a light in our family. She loved us all so much and always brought smiles to our faces. Our hearts are forever touched by you. Although we are deeply saddened, we choose to celebrate your life, your strength, and the love you showed us. Some of our fondest memories are celebrating Christmas surrounded by family, enjoying all of your delicious food. Manicotti and all of the sweets. All of our weddings, and special moments in our lives. You were a gift given to us by God. We love you.
The Scalese’s
Terry, Frankie, Andrea, Tara, Vincent, and Douglas

Christopher Spinelli

January 10, 2020

Georgette passed on her best qualities to her children, one of whom I am lucky enough to call my mother. I will always remember and try to embody her fun-loving spirit, as we all should. I especially remember whenever she was around Bandit and would rile him up, basically putting her entire hand between this dog's teeth, and everyone would say "Grammy you're making the dog crazy, he's gonna bite!" and she would reply "calm down, I'm just having fun!" Rest In Peace Grammy, I hope you're in a better place and having plenty of fun.


Gena Spinelli

January 10, 2020

Georgette Elaine (Oelkers) Scalese is my Mother.
Dearest Mother,
I am who I am because of you.
Everything I know, you have taught me. All of my passions come from you.
My love of music from listening to your '45 record collection to the sounds of Elvis, Gene Vincent and Motown to name a few.
My love of art, ceramics of course! , Baking, dancing, nature, flowers and birds.
I'll always remember growing up and spending time in the kitchen with you. That is where you taught me to bake, sing and tap dance! Most of all you taught me kindness, caring, humor, patience, faith and Cotton Fields -"The Cotton Ball Song".
I am you and will always be " Little Georgette".
You will live on in me forever.
I Love you eternally, till we meet again in heaven.
Forever in my heart.
Your Daughter,
Gena Rae

Jean Betts

January 10, 2020

Time and distance never made a difference to us. We would pick up where we left off. Many a celebration we shared, family and friends, good times and bad. The bond of love never ceased. I rejoice in the fact she is with our other loved ones now and in no pain. May her memory be with us always and her love wrap around us and sustain us. She leaves a legacy of artistic talent , understanding and unlimited love to all she touched in this life. Her children and grandchildren have the benefit of her loving guidance, skill and patience , not to mention recipes . There are so many memories it would take a book but know we loved Georgette and will never forget. Love Always, Jean and Raymond

Thomas G. Scalese

January 10, 2020

You not only touched my heart with love when we first met over sixty four years ago, you also touched everyone near you.
"Rest in Peace"

I Love You Always,

Thomas Scalese

January 10, 2020

Georgette is my mother. She may no longer be with us in person, but her Love will always be with us. She was the most caring person I would ever know. Even while she was coping with her own illness, she would put the needs of others, including the aides that were supposed to be there to assist her, above herself. She was truly a very special person, as anyone who ever met her could attest to.
I will miss her eternally.

I Love you, Mom

Nicholas Pistilli

January 9, 2020

You will be forever loved and missed! I love you Grammy.

David Pistilli

January 9, 2020

Long before she received the appellation of “Grammy” from the first of what would be eight grandchildren, Georgette was my second mother.

When her daughter picked me to live with for the rest of her life, at age 15, Georgette gracefully folded me into the family. She sheltered me, fed me many a meal, and made me feel l had a second home. That feeling persists to this day and I’m glad that the last time I saw her, we watched the Mets game together side-by-side at her house. We agreed that Jason Vargas was not our favorite player.

When my first mother died nine years ago, my second mother was the only one I had left. Now they are both gone, too soon, but I take some solace to think they’re together and exchanging notes on their offspring. I continue to dedicate my life to merit their upbringing.

See you someday, Georgette! Thank you for everything.

Maurer & Don Peshkur

January 9, 2020

We only saw Georgette at family affairs but she aways made you feel welcome. Georgette was a very talented ceramist and I am proud to say I have 2 of her pieces. She was kind, caring and such a lady. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her especially her family.

Dawn McGuinness

January 9, 2020

Georgette is my mother but known to all as "Grammy". The Grandkids called her Grammy and it stuck with all. Grammy was kind , sweet,caring,artistically talented and creative. Above all she was a wife and mother -she was the best one ever. Her children were her life and when the grandkids came along she was over the top with love and pride for them. She always put others before herself,always concerned about everyone else, She babysat for my kids when I went back to work. My children are a direct reflection of her and they are very special. She was calm and collected never raised her voice. Grammy welcomed all into her home,always provided food,shelter and comfort for those who needed it.Never turned anyone away.She put up with all our craziness while growing up-never judged. She loved her ceramic business until Sandy storm took it away from her,she loved her garden and trees,she loved the birds,she loved going to Atlantic City. I have nothing but good and fond memories of Grammy.I am glad for that.I will keep my memories alive forever and in them Grammy will live forever. My hurt and pain is real and deep but her pain is gone.Grammy was not the delicate flower I thought her to be.She is the strongest person I will ever know.I thank her for all she has given me,for all she has taught me,for being my Mom. I thank God for sharing her with me and my family.May He keep her forever,safe and in his care. Farewell my Amazing,Beautiful Mom(Grammy)-until we meet again in paradise. I Love You and will Miss You, Forever, Dawn