Ermenegilda Z Cristiani

November 19, 1934February 19, 2020

Born 11-19-1934 in Venice Italy passed away 2-19-2020 She arrived in America in 1957 and made Sarasota her home in 1960. She was a renowned equestrian circus performer and animal trainer. She is survived by her sons: Tino and Armando Cristiani grand-kids: Mateo, Calen, Jovana, Marchello, Briana & great-grandson Mace. Services will be held Monday March 23rd at St Martha’s Church at 10 am with graveside service at Palms memorial at 11:30 .Please join us after for a celebration of life at Showfolks of Sarasota. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation to the Alzheimer Association.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation‎. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cristiani family.


1 June

Committal Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232


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Desiree (Cristiani) Martin

May 27, 2020

Lovely woman, quiet and beautiful. Great performer ! Wonderful wife and mother. Two amazing sons, who are also great people with awesome family's. I guess what I remember most is seeing her in costume by the back door of the circus tent , getting ready to perform. I was always in awe of all the performers and there amazing talent. What an amazing childhood. Knowing and being apart of that great life and all the people that I have had the privilege of knowing and loving. We will all miss you. Aunt Gilda

Scott Annesley

February 27, 2020

Prayers, condolences and a tear to a wonderfully lovely family, may your hearts​ find ease in the beautiful loving memories of your spectacular matriarch.

Jean-Pierre Theron

February 27, 2020

Remembering with great fondness a beautiful Lady and performer who commanded not only her cats but the audience as well . You left us breathless and mesmerized ! Rest in Peace ...


February 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy in Gilda's passing. A lovely lady in life. May she rest in peace with Lucio.

Mia Cristiani-Alvis

February 27, 2020

I have great memories of going to Uncle Lucio and Aunt Gilda’s home when I was little. Monte and were always welcome and had so much fun hanging out watching them practice. She always made me feel like she loved me. Life was good back then- everyone was still with us and everyone was still working. Sad how life changes - I miss them all and I hope they’re all together.

Eva Cristiani

February 27, 2020

What I remember most about Aunt Gilda was that she was always very kind to me. She and Uncle Lucio were great circus performers (old school). They were very skilled, attractive, and were great entertainers. She was also very beautiful. Love, 🐆Eva Cristiani


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