Giovanna Janie Pullella

October 9, 1957September 23, 2020

Giovanna “Janie” Pullella Obituary

On September 23, 2020 Giovanna “Janie” Pullella, age 62, passed away while holding the hands of her two daughters, after a 5-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Beloved daughter of the late Francesco & Giovanna (Verdiglione) Pullella, originally of Sorianello, Italy. Cherished mother of Jennifer (Will) Dwiggins of Advance, NC and Shannon (Jeff) Grimes of Wayne, PA. Dear sister of Saba Pullella, Tony (Isabel) Pullella, the late Rosa Pullella, Maria (Joseph) Gross, Frank Pullella, Peter (Lena) Pullella, and a large extended family in the United States and Italy. Devoted grandmother of four cherished grandchildren; William & Nicholas Dwiggins and Jeffrey & Anna Grimes.

Born in Camden, NJ, her adventurous spirit led her to travel to, teach in, and reside in many parts of the world. She especially enjoyed traveling with her family. Visiting relatives in Italy in 2012 with her parents, children, grandchildren, and extended family was one of her most treasured experiences.

A lifelong learner, she graduated from the University of Arkansas and was an educator for 20 years.

Janie took on every challenge life presented to her with boundless energy & optimism. She loved her family dearly. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic; a private family service will be held on September 29. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, or mailed to 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Terry Linden nee O'Donnell

October 15, 2020

I remember Janie from PVI. She was the sweetest. Very friendly. It was a long time ago but I remember her well. My sincere condolences to her family.

Nina Scully

October 13, 2020

Dear Jennifer and Shannon: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your sweet Mom. Our paths crossed at school since I retired. She was always so friendly and kind. I enjoyed our chats between classes. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Nina Scully

Arlene Cella

October 12, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about Janie's passing. I worked with Janie at Haddon Township High School. Janie would stop by my desk on a regular basis and we became friends. Janie was sweet, caring and very brave. She faced her disease with hope and dignity.

I will miss her. I hope her family finds comfort in the memories you have of her. She spoke quite often of her family.


Sue Pepiak

October 9, 2020

Janie was a long term teacher sub for me and also a teacher’s aide in Haddon Township, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with her! We were a great team. The students loved her and she will be missed. Janie, God bless you! Rejoice with the angels in heaven. Love, Sue

Karen Jennings

September 26, 2020

I met Janie at Camden County College, just after I moved here from Boston. We often went to movies together and shared many laughs. Although we lost touch with each other when she went to Arkansas, I thought of her often. Janie was such a beautiful, kind, loving person and she Adored her girls. I am SO sorry to hear this sad news.....praying for Janie’s family.

Melody Tracey

September 25, 2020

Janie, we were friends for a very long time. Even though we lost touch with each other, I thought of you often. You were very good to me , a true angel. Always ready to help. I will always think of you with love and admiration. Rest in peace my sweet friend🙏❤️

brian farnham

September 25, 2020

Janey loved the kids at HTHS and did such a wonderful job with them. I am so sorry for your loss.

Brian Farnham
HTHS Science


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