Giuseppa Avanzato

March 5, 1922November 11, 2012

Giuseppa Avanzato, 90, of Oneonta, passed away on Sunday November 11, 2012 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born On March 5, 1922 in Serra di Falco, Italy, the daughter of Salvatore and Maria (Cali) Giardina. She married Diego Avanzato on December 31, 1941and he predeceased her on March 16, 1998.

Mrs. Avanzato was a member of St. Mary’s Church, and the Italian American Club.

She was a seamstress, and worked for Oneonta Dress Company and the Dietz Street Dress Company. She also supported her sons in the operation of the Italian Kitchen and most recently Stella Luna Ristorante.

Mrs. Avanzato was skilled in knitting and crocheting, and took great pleasure in making scarves and mittens for friends and family. She loved to travel, and made many trips to Italy. Mostly, she adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Antoinette (Jack) Ragona of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; three sons, Salvatore (Josephine) Avanzato of Petersburg, NJ, Vincenzo (Ruth) Avanzato of Oneonta, and Antonio (Rosemarie) Avanzato of Oneonta.

Her grandchildren, Guy, Angela Jo-Jo, Dino, Diego, Jeanette, Giuliva, Dino, Giacomo, Joey, Olivia, Gianluca, and Massimo; her great grandchildren, Gabriella, Daniel, Enzo, Maximo, Raffaele, Luca and Madison-Bella; her sisters, Carmela (Rosario) Vento of Oneonta, Anna Turco, Diega Giardina of Italy; her brother, Jack Giardina of Italy, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins in Oneonta and Italy.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Francesca Messina, Vincenza Giardina, and Antoinette LaVersa.

A funeral mass will be offered on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with the Rev Joseph Benintende, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta at which time the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund for Local Needy Children, c/o Antonio Avanzato, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta, NY 13820

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012

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Carol Kiehn Kirkey

December 4, 2012

Sending prayers of comfort and healing to you all.

Joan M Crandall

November 29, 2012

To the Avanzato Families, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing and the accident. It's so hard to lose someone who has always been there. I lost my 95- year old mother last year. I know my daughter and son-in-law, Darleen and Randy Bussy were very fond of her, both having worked for you. I lnow she will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ad Stabel

November 25, 2012

Dear Avanzato Family,

We are very sorry for the loss of Mrs. Avanzato in this very unfortunate accident.
We hope that Vinnie will make a complete recovery.
Both are in our thoughts,

Ad & Jolanda Stabel

November 24, 2012

Vinnie, Ruth and family hope you heal soon and so sorry to hear of this tragedy. Mary Sommer Tingley

richard spearbeck

November 21, 2012

We are very sorry for your loss and know you are in our prayers. The Spearbeck Family

Jeanne Slawson

November 19, 2012

Dear Tony,
I am so sorry that this tragedy has touched your life. May God hold you close at this difficult time.I send you warm thoughts and my sincere condolences. May your mother rest in peace and may you find peace my friend.
Jeanne Smith Slawson

Rosa Brindley

November 19, 2012

" I thank my GOD upon every remembrance of you,always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day till now," Philippians 1:2-5

We send to the whole family our words to encourage you in this time of saddness and great loss. Your beloved Mom, Sister,Grandmother was so kind and loving to all who would be lucky to come in her path. She always gave praises to our Heavenly Father and loved others with passion .She lived her life with such "thankfulness" never forgranted .She often shared stories of a country she missed to a country she grew to love.. America.
She often spoke with great pride for the acomplishments of ALL her children. But nothing would light up her round face more than a big smile ,than when she spoke of all her grandchildren . Looking into her eyes was like exposing her Big,HUGE heart she would speak with such joy and wisdom .Today we lay to rest a women who loved many so honestly. We will miss her indeed . We are thankful to have been one of the luck ones to have known her.Her llove will live on in many.

The days ahead may be difficult but only for a short while. YOU must give thanks for what you have been given .Dig deep in that Family values you have been taught and stand stronger than ever .The challenges you face will test how strong your faith is. May you see the spirit of GOD shining through your lives in every blessing. . We PRAY that our Heavenly Father comforts you all., gives you strength,take heart to HIS words and they shall bring you comfort and healing .This is a time to give up your own understanding and lean on HIM. Your parents left behind great wishes for each of you to have peace ,love ,health, hope for the next day everday forever. . Be in daily prayer " The LORD's love and compassion never fails, they are new every morning." May your sweet memories be cherished in your hearts and not make you sad but thankful that you have it to hold onto . That is your lasting GIFT. Peace to each of you always. With our love .

God Bless You From The Brindley Family

Paul and Sarah Patterson

November 18, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. We know you will always carry part of Giuseppa with you. Be comforted knowing she loved you all beyond measure.Paul and Sarah.

Emily Phillips-Knapp

November 18, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about your Guiseppa. I know what a close family you are. I am glad to hear Vinny should make a full recovery and that Rose was spared. I will be at the calling hours but wanted to tell you your family has been in my prayers all week.

Jo-Ann Piwowarski

November 18, 2012

I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. My memories of her are of a sweet, loving woman who was always smiling... You are in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD bless you with his strength and may you find peace in your beautiful memories of times spent together. All my Love,