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July 16, 2018

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August 13, 2017
I am so sorry to read about this loss of a precious life. May you gain comfort and strength by pouring out your emotions to God in prayer. Know that He cares for you and wants to help.
August 12, 2017
My Grandma Carrozzi helped raise me. There was never a time in my life when she wasn't there for me or my kids.

She was the youngest of four siblings, and helped to teach my great-grandmother English and study for her citizenship test after immigrating from Reggio di Calabria, Italy. She would often tell us stories about the challenges of living through the Great Depression, wearing flour sack dresses her mother would make for her, and later, about meeting my grandfather when she went to visit her cousin who lived next door to him, having their first date at Seabreeze, and getting married on my grandfather's three-day pass before he went back to drive tanks in World War II. She would explain what life was like during the war, never knowing if she would see my grandfather again, and being part of the War Effort here at home. The trials and strength that her generation endured are beyond my comprehension.

My grandmother was the Italian matriarch. My grandparents' house, was always open to everyone, and there was never a shortage of food. Sauce was my grandfather's specialty, but grandma made everything else, and I was lucky enough for her to pass down her recipes to me. Pasta fagioli, greens and beans, braciole, manicotti, gnocchi, stuffed shells, her famous chicken cutlets, and her coveted pitanuza were just a few of the favorites she would make for our family over the years. There are so many simple memories that I have that seem like I was a child just yesterday. I remember smelling Grandpa's sauce simmering and Grandma's chicken cutlets frying through the kitchen exhaust fan as we walked up their driveway on snowy Sunday afternoons. I remember eating Ritz crackers and milk as we watched Lawrence Welk whenever my brother and I spent the night. I remember helping Grandma and her friend Louise make pitanuzas for Christmas gifts, and I remember looking out into the audience every time I had a recital, concert or play, and seeing her face smiling up at me.

She stayed with me in the final days of my pregnancies, making me food and keeping me company in the afternoons, and was there when I went into labor with Henry, who was born just one day after Grandma's birthday. With my kids, Grandma became 'Gigi', because 'great-grandma' was too difficult for them to say. She would visit every day, and we would have tea, biscotti and cannoli. Eliza and Henry became so used to having her there, that it wasn't long before they refused to take their afternoon naps unless Gigi was there to hold them while they slept.

I realize how fortunate I am to have had such a close relationship with my grandma, and I am forever grateful that she was such an integral part of not only my life, but my children's lives. Though I'm not sure I will ever have the strength that she did, I know that everything she taught me will forever guide me. This has been an extremely emotionally difficult week, but I'd like to thank everyone who reached out and were there for my family and me as we bid my grandma farewell.
Grazie amici. ❤
August 8, 2017
Sending deepest sympathy to Donna Jean and Vinny. Years ago when my kids were young and we lived next door to Dom's brother Joe and Jeanne, I would occasionally see your Mom who would always spend time happily talking to me and showing interest in my children. She was a dear soul.
August 7, 2017
Donna and Vinny, my heart goes out to you and your families! Aunt Jo was a wonderful person and a great cook.