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Josephine "Pina" Pezzino Pipia

January 28, 1941November 20, 2020
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Josephine "Pina" Pipia, age 79, of Flushing, New York passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020. "Pina" was born January 28, 1941 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Beloved wife of the late Anthony. Loving mother of Anna Abma, John Pipia and the late Joseph Pipia. Cherished grandmother of Anthony Pipia, Ilissa Pipia, Michael Galiettta, Nicholas Galietta, John Galietta, Gianni Pipia and Mateo Pipia.

A visiting hours for "Pina" will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Frederick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11358. It is required that all visitors wear a face mask or face covering, to practice social distancing and to remain in the chapel, not to congregate in the hallways or lobby of the funeral home. When visiting the family please be conscious to pay your respects, greet the family and to be mindful of other visitors that may be waiting outside because we are limiting the amount of guest in each chapel for the safety of everyone.Mass of Christian burial will occur Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at St. Kevin R.C. Church, 10:45am, 45-21 194th Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Interment to follow at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, 172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.frederick-fh.com for the Pipia family.

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Biography

      When Josephine Pipia walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Pina was and how she impacted those around her. Pina was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Pina wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Pina was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of Gaetana and John Pezzino. Pina was raised in Sicily and New York. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Pina might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Pina was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Pina was raised with 4 siblings. She had 2 sisters, Josie and Teresa and 2 brothers, John and Antonio (Nino). Pina was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Pina was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Pina well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Pina was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Pina was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. In her spare time she liked cook and clean. Pina's memorable achievements included. Pina had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Pina was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Pina was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sisters Josie and Teresa and her cousin Teresa Chiaramonte. Later in life, she became friends with Nina, Maria, and Gina.

      On July 28, 1963 Pina married Anthony Pipia at St. Joseph's and Astoria Manor of Astoria,NY. Pina's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Anthony's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Pina was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Pina was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Pina, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Pipia home. Pina's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Pina was blessed with Three children: One daughter, Anna and two sons, Joseph and John. They were also blessed with Seven grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, John, Anthony, Ilissa, Gianni and Matteo.

      Pina was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was homemaker. Pina was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Pina had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Pina's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Pina loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were dancing and singing and cooking for grandkids. Pina had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Pina's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Pina's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Pina took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Cruising to Caribbean, Alaska, Mediterranean and touring Italy.

       She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Pina to master. In retirement, she found new pleasure in vacationing with her husband and staying at her Florida home for part of the year. Even in retirement, Pina continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Pina Pipia passed away on November 20, 2020 at Her daughter's home in NJ. Services were held at Fredrick Funeral hone and St. Kevin's Church. Pina was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery alongside her husband Anthony.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Pina. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Pina Pipia for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Pina was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

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