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Giovanna "Gina" DiRende

March 9, 1936September 28, 2020
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Giovanna “Gina” Moccia DiRende, age 84 of Chandler, Arizona entered eternal rest on September 28, 2020. Gina was born in Scauri, Italy on March 9, 1936 and came to the United States in 1956 and met her future husband Pietro “Pete” DiRende on the boat ride over to the United States. Pete and Gina were married in Pittsburgh on October 5, 1957. Pete and Gina had 3 daughters, Angela (Baron) Foreman, Susanna (Curtis) Krausman and Joanna DiRice.

Gina was a talented seamstress and worked at Papercraft in Pittsburgh and Antigua in Scottsdale. Gina also loved cooking (Italian food, of course), gardening, and canning. Gina loved flowers and her favorite color was pink.

Gina was a devoted Catholic, bringing her family up in the church and attending church faithfully throughout her life.

Gina was preceded in death by her brother Antonio Francesco, her parents Giovanni Moccia and Assunta (Conte) Moccia, her husband, Pete DiRende and her sisters Francesca & Maria. Gina is survived by her 4 sisters Rosina, Anna, Enrichetta, and Pina; her 3 daughters Angela, Susanna, and Joanna; her 10 grandchildren Julia (Jim), Michael, Spencer (Jaclyn), Rachel, Francesca, Gina, Carla, Andrew, Baron, and Sophia) and her 4 great grandchildren (Jillian, Tucker, Justina and Beckham).

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:00 am at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, Arizona, 85248.

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    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Charlyn Ponds

October 11, 2020

Our deepest and heartful condolences to you Susanna and Curtis Krausman for the loss of a beloved mother , mother in law and grandmother. Gina was well cared for and her memories will forever live in your hearts. I am grateful to have known her and knows now that she is the warmth of God's arms and in the presence of her beloved husband Pete. Eternal rest Nana Gina. You are missed.❤❤
Love always Charlyn and Sam

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