Nunzia Ameno Guardascione
April 21, 1940 – April 23, 2020
Nunzia “Nancy” Guardascione, age 80, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020 in her north Naples, Florida home. Born to Ignazio and Lucia Ameno, Nancy is survived by her husband, Roberto Guardascione, her three children, Rossella, Luciana and Carlo, her sister and brother-in-law, Sabina & Leonard Modugno, and their children Ralph, Lisa and Ezio, her brothers-in-law and their spouses, Gino (d.1996) & Giovanna, Anthony & Sarina, Salvatore & Claire, and Mario & Tania, and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and family across Italy, New York, New Jersey, California and Florida.
Born Nunzia Ameno in Bari, Italy, she came to the United States as a young woman settling in New York City. She soon met her husband Roberto Guardascione (1971) and together made a life together. In 1975, they relocated to Naples, Florida to enjoy a long life in the sun with family, friends and food.
Food and family were among the many joys in her life, and she was an amazing cook. Preparing her Italian Sunday dinners of pasta e fagioli, pizzaiolo and meatballs gave her just as much delight as those who got to eat it. Almost as delicious but certainly just as enjoyable were the "pizza nights" every Saturday night.
Nancy was the perfect Italian mother who adored her family and was the happiest when surrounded by them. Family was the most important thing to her and she spent her life always putting others first before herself. Her arms always open, Nancy, along with her beloved husband Roberto, raised their three children with loving traditional Italian values. She instilled in them that, through hard work, all things are possible and that life is a gift to be nurtured and treasured.
Even though raising her three children and two godchildren, Carlo and Rosa Maria, was her life’s focus, Nancy entered the workforce for over 26 years in the Collier County school system to bring meals to children at Sea Gate Elementary School and Pelican Marsh Elementary School. She really enjoyed her years working as a cafeteria aid, especially when interacting with the students as they affectionally referred to her as Miss Tina.
Nancy was a kind, gentle soul with a quick wit who will be missed by everyone. Even through all of her challenges the past several years, she never complained and maintained her sense of humor. This demeanor endeared her to many people. The family would like to thank all of her caregivers for their compassion toward our mother and the great care they provided to her over the years. As well, our heartfelt gratitude for the immeasurable support and love from our family and extended family - which includes our friends, as no one is a stranger in our Italian home.
A private funeral service for immediate family was held on Wednesday, April 29. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to Meals of Hope - After School Meal Program (https://mealsofhope.org/backpack-program/) in order to continue feeding children in the Collier County school system. We ask that you include in the memo “In Memory of Nunzia Guardascione”
- Meals of Hope
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Nunzia Ameno Guardascione
May 1, 2020
You will forever be in my heart .
From the first time Luci brought me into your home your arms and heart were open to myself and my family.
Your kitchen and the amazing food you made was where you showed us all how much you loved your family and anyone who entered.
You will be missed by all and I am honored to have known you.
Danielle and Tucker
April 29, 2020
I was fortunate to spend one Christmas Eve dinner with the family at Luciana’s home. Nunzia was a sweet lady, and raise 3 incredible humans. She may have passed, but lives everyday in the lives she has touched.
April 29, 2020
This is how I will always remember you Mrs. Guardacione...open arms ready for me to run in for a big hug(or in this case, Shelby). I adored you since the day I met you just as my daughters did. I will always remember our last dance we shared not so long ago. I will miss you, I will love you FOREVER.
“Susan” (Jason, Susi, Shelby and Josie)