OBITUARY

Giovanni Apolito

April 20, 1934August 8, 2018
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It is with a heavy heart that the Apolito family says goodbye to Giovanni Apolito who passed away in his home on August 8, 2018.

Born on April 20th 1934, Giovanni immigrated to America via Ellis Island from Orria, Italy with his brother Felice in December 1953. He married Antonietta Apolito on April 24, 1960 in Washington D.C. and was self-employed at Queenstown Barber shop for over 40 years. He had two children and made his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, then retired in Naples Florida in 2004.

Giovanni is survived by his wife, of 58 years, Antonietta, his son Giovanni Antonio, his daughter, Rosa Maria, his four grandchildren, Antonio, Gina Maria, Garrett and Sabrina, his brothers Felice and Michele and his sister Carmela.

Giovanni had a great joy for life and a profound love of spending time with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father, proud grandfather, an adored uncle and a devoted friend. He will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Giovanni Apolito to the family charities - Place of Hope in Haiti (placeofhopeinhaiti.org) and Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (wvrf.org).

A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 AM Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens 525 111th Avenue N, Naples, FL 34108.

  • FAMILY

  • Michele Apolito, Father
  • Rosina Apolito, Mother
  • Antonietta Apolito, Wife
  • Giovanni Antonio Apolito, Son
  • Rosa Maria Apolito, Daughter
  • Michele Apolito, Brother
  • Felice Apolito, Brother
  • Carmela Apolito, Sister
  • Grandchildren, Antonio, Gina Maria, Garrett, and Sabrina

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Jamal Aladdin

August 19, 2018

I'll always remember your warm smile and the jokes you made whenever we were together. I'm truly at a loss. You will be greatly missed Uncle Johnny.

Love always,


Jamal

Ivonne Carbone Knowles

August 16, 2018

There are countless precious memories of Zio John with our family. However, the one that stands out for me was when I would spend the weekend at his house babysitting my cousins John and Rosa Maria. I always jumped at the opportunity because the highlight of that weekend would be having Zio cook the family breakfast on Sunday morning. It wasn’t just the great tasting meal that I yearned to have; but it was seeing Zio’s big smile and cheerful disposition. He had that special gift in lighting up the room and making us all feel loved and cherished.

Rest In Peace Zio!

With Love,

Ivonne Carbone Knowles

Claudia Birkhan

August 16, 2018

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Our sincerest condolences to the family. He was a great man and full of life. It was an Honor to have known him.

Claudia & Bob

Sofia Curzi

August 16, 2018

Zio John was always involved in our lives. Some of my favorite memories are when zio and zia Antonietta would come to Orlando to visit Gina and me at UCF. Whether we spent time at downtown disney, Macaroni grill, or in our apartment, I always remember having a good laugh at the dinner table (that usually involved wine). It was very special to me that they attended my college graduation. Zio was always there for the special moments in my life, Giancarlo’s, Gina’s and Tony’s.
I will never forget his smile, personality and charisma.

Love,
Sofia

Maria (Rosario) Curzi

August 16, 2018

During Zio John’s working years at the barbershop, his commute home never failed to have stops at his sister’s Carmela and brother-in-law Antonio (RIP May 2016) home to have a scotch. I remember these weekly stops especially the phone ringing and Zio instinctively saying “that is Antonietta looking for me, don’t tell her I’m here”. Of course he was right, and many a time we would tell Zia he had left a while ago (although he was just then walking out the door).

Zio John will always be remembered for his joy of life. His radiant smile has been imprinted in our hearts and memory forever.

Rest In Peace Zio,
Maria (Rosarito) Curzi

Debbie Romano

August 16, 2018

I’ll always and still cherish my visits to Naples, Fl. I refer to it as my second home because it’s where my childhood friend moved with her family. Lori and I have known one another since we were six and seven years old. Her family has always been a second family to me. When she married John and I met her in-laws I couldn’t help but take a liking to her father -in -law. He had such a heart of gold. I remember one specific memory that sticks out in my mind because it involved my two daughters. It was our last day visiting in Naples and we went to visit Nonno and Nonni Apolito. Before we went back to Maryland. They wanted to have lunch with my girls and myself and have the girls swim in their pool. Nonno wanted to get the girls McDonalds. So while the girls were swimming he went to get them their chicken nuggets and fries. When he got back with their meals they had inadvertently left out the fries in one meal. So Nonno went all the way back to McDonalds to get them. He made it back just in time to take us to the airport. That is just one of the many selfless acts I watched him demonstrate. He was such a loving, caring soul and he will be missed immensely. Rest In Peace Nonno Apolito, with much love and affection, Debbie, Angela and Sophia Romano.

Giancarlo Curzi

August 12, 2018

Not too long ago, the usual group was playing poker down in Florida. I don't know how old i was but i decided that i wanted to try playing (never played before and barley knew how to play). So when I asked to play John Jr. And Tony protested, of course, but it was John Sr. that said they should let me play. so I got money from mother and sat down. By pure luck and ignorance I ended up taking money from from the table. The man who fought to get me in the game was now losing money. The game continued like this as he sat across from me pouting "He's only winning because he doesn't know how to play" as Nonno Curzi sat beside him drunkingly laughing at his misfortune (Nonno was losing too). Needless to say I walked away with my Grandparent and uncle's money. That was the night Zio John Sr. created his own poker enemy.

Photo is not from that night but good enough

Cathy/Catherine Kraemer

August 10, 2018

All the way back to Merrimac Drive Adelphi/Langley Park, Maryland
We had an amazing childhood.
We all would running around the neighborhood playing and your Mom would be doing hair in thr kitchen on a Saturday and your father RIP would be at the barbershop.
I even remember you would actually have a real live lamb running in your backyard and then it would appear on your holiday dinner table.
My parents Gus Kraemer RIP March 2011 and my Mom Ellen Kraemer RIP September 2006 were all friends with Ann and Bill Goren and Dick & Ellie Corbett and boy did they have parties drinking and dancing.
So no matter how far you are from Maryland
We love you all and share in your loss.
Much love and prayers to you and your Mom and family.
Cathy Kraemer

Domenico Ricciardi

August 10, 2018

Ciao Gianni o trascorso là vacanza più bella e serena , dal primo giorno che sono partito o sentito la mancanza del tuo drink ora che non ci sei più tra di noi ai lasciato un vuoto indescrivibile lo sto dicendo con le lacrime e non mi fanno esprimere bene quello che vorrei dire un abbraccio forte forte a mia cugina ai figli vorrei tanto stare vicino in momenti come questi è difficile trovare le parole quando un parente ti lascia rimane sempre nei nostri pensieri. - Domenico

Tony Torres

August 10, 2018

My condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss! Giovani was a once in a lifetime friend. He always had a smile on his face! And was always ready to help someone when the need presented itself. He has touched the lives of many, many people and made those people's lives better. I will miss him! He also made the best Limoncello I've ever tasted!