Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Leona Theresa Risi

June 4, 1936November 2, 2019

Leona Theresa Risi, age 83, formally from Edgewater Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019. She was born to the late Sam and Jennie DiFiglia on June 4, 1936 and is predeceased by her sister Mildred DiFiglia.

Leona was born in Brooklyn, New York and was married to her devoted husband, Jerry for over 61 years, living and raising their children in Maspeth, NY. She was active in Alcoholics Anonymous which was a very important part of her life. She mentored and sponsored many individuals over the years and impacted many lives through her caring and sage advice. In 1991, she and Jerry moved to Edgewater, Florida. Their life in Edgewater was the envy of all. They lived down the street from Jerry’s sister Connie, were very close to their nieces Marie and Patty, and made many friends. It was here that they both enjoyed 25 years enjoying what only could be described as a care free and fulfilling life on the Intercostal (Indian) River… a dream of theirs for many years.

Leona is survived by her husband Jerry, two children, Jennifer (Steve) Garizio of Jacksonville Fl, and Jerry (Lisa) of Branchburg NJ, four grandsons, Matthew, Conor, Pat and Tom, her brother Frank (Ann) Difiglia, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during the past few years. For those who have known Leona in her fruitful journey with us, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St John Paul II Catholic Church; 127 Stone Mason Way Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 on Thursday November 7th at 10AM. With Father Michael Larkin as Celebrant Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution be made to Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office, www.ccbjax.org or by calling (904) 354-4846.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 7, 2019


Leona Theresa Risi

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