Johanna Sanacore

January 31, 1940May 20, 2019

Johanna "Jenny" Sanacore, age 79, of Trumbull, Connecticut passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Jenny was born in Manhattan and raised in Harlem, New York by her parents, the late Epifanio and Vincenza Messina. She brought up her three children in Pelham Bay in the Bronx while working in Manhattan as an administrative assistant. Jenny spent the remaining years of her life in Connecticut near her loving daughters.

Jenny loved languages and was fluent in Italian. She also enjoyed music, especially opera. Jenny was an amazing cook and was well known for her Sunday gravy and meatballs that many people enjoyed.

Jenny loved her children dearly. As a single mother she was a hard worker and did everything that she could to provide for her family and maintain a loving home. As a devout Catholic, her faith was very important to her.

She is survived by her three children Joseph Sanacore and his wife Nicole, Laura Leavitt and her husband Bill, and Rita Sanacore. Jenny leaves behind her four beloved grandchildren, Michael Sanacore, and Lia, Julianna and Isabella Leavitt.

A visitation for Jenny will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son, Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, Connecticut 06468. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Sanacore family.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 24, 2019


Johanna Sanacore

have a memory or condolence to add?

Michelle Caporale

May 23, 2019

There are so many happy memories I have of you Cousin Jenny and the kids.
I loved your personality and charm. You were always warm and loving to me.
You were such a wonderful person. May you find the peace and happiness on the other side. Enjoy being with the family. You will be missed.

Much love to my cousins Joe, Rita, Laura and their families. My sympathy and love are with all of you.

Much love,

Dianne Caporale

May 23, 2019

Jenny, Your cousin and I have fond memories of you over the years. He was your best man at your wedding and was always there when you needed him.... The last time we saw you before we moved to Florida was at a party that I gave your cousin Jerry Caporale. You were there and Aunt Mafalda, Aunt Jenny. What a wonderful time we had so many memories. RIP Johanna and we will think of you often. Your cousins Dianne and Jerry Caporale.

Megan Smith

May 23, 2019

Laura & Family:
I was so saddened to hear of Jenny's passing. What a strong, vibrant and memorable woman she was. Even through challenging times, her love for her family and your love for her in return was always apparent.

Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time.

With warm thoughts and sincere sympathy,
Megan Smith

Rose Ann Danielson

May 22, 2019

To Joey Laura Rita, I am sorry to hear about your mom.She was a wonderful woman and my brother and I had lots laughs and fun with her,Now she had know more sickness, and is having a ball David.Our blessed hope is we will see them again.My prayers are with all. Love Roseann

Nicole Vairo-Sanacore

May 22, 2019

Jenny was truly one of a kind and left her mark on everyone she came across. She welcomed me as her daughter in law with open arms and always with a funny story. The times we spent together ( Joe and Michael) with her at family parties or Arthur Avenue pasta dinners will always have a special place in my heart. She was a woman of great faith and it was very inspiring. Her knowledge of languages and the arts was impressive! Jenny was always in a great mood when her son would bring her an eggplant parm hero and a Manhattan Special from the Bronx. Jenny truly loved her whole family and I will always remember her beautiful smile even during dark times.

Rest with our Lord always and I know your making everyone laugh up there!!
You will forever be in my heart!

Lisa Windler

May 21, 2019

Jenny is my Godmother. So many of my memories include her and my cousins. My Dad going to the Bronx to pick her up and her never being ready haha. My Dad loved to tease her, I hope she is up in Heaven laughing with him now,
i will miss and love you always Godmother. You will never be forgotten.

Jim Dimini

May 21, 2019

Many happy memories of Cousin Jenny walking from the bus down Thurston Terrace in Glen Rock for a weekend with us and of her, Laura, Joe, and Rita coming for weekend visits in the years that followed! So sorry I am far away now and cannot attend the services but I pray you can all comfort each other in this time of sorrow and remember the good times. Our prayers are with you always.

Cousin Jimmy

Antoinette Windler

May 21, 2019

I grew up with Jenny in the same house. Although she then thought of me as her bratty cousin, we loved each other very much and I will always carry with me that love and the many happy memories that we shared. Antoinette