Goffredo Ciclamino, 91, of Peckville, died Tuesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, the former Dea Gregori, who died in 1990.
Born in Isola Fossara, Scheggia, Italy, he came to this country at the age of thirty and settled in Eynon and later in Peckville, where he resided for over 50 years. He was employed in the construction industry as a bricklayer until his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Peckville.
Throughout his life, Goffredo was an example of unimpeachable integrity and honesty. A pillar to his family, he provided an indomitable strength of character and will. He was hardworking, strong, loving and gentle. He was deeply devoted to his wife and daughters and his grandchildren brought him joy beyond compare. Goffredo loved the outdoors and found happiness in his garden. Family and friends enjoyed the fruits of his labor and his grandchildren believed that Nonno could grow vegetables in concrete. As a member of the "greatest generation" his living was hard earned, but he considered his life nothing less than rich.
He is survived by two daughters, Maria Browning and husband, Thomas, Peckville; Diana Short and husband, Michael, Sonoma, Calif.; four grandchildren, Maura Klembecki and husband, Ryan, Malvern, Pa.; Lt. T.J. Browning, USN, and wife, Kara, Virginia Beach, Va.; Marisa Kieren and husband, Bill, Campbell, Calif.; and Amanda Short, Sonoma, Calif.; a great-granddaughter, Claire Browning; a sister, Flora Brunamonti, Italy; several nieces and nephews; and his companion of many years, Lucia Bertinelli, Jessup.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Costanza Lorenzetti and Judith Loretelli; and a brother, Sebastian Berardi.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, especially B-1, for the wonderful care and compassion they provided. In addition, the family extends a special thanks to Dr. Julie Speicher for her extraordinary care through the years. In recognition of his love of reading, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Valley Community Library, 739 River St, Peckville, PA 18452; or Community Resources for Children, 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 1, Napa, CA 94558.
The funeral will be Saturday from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, go to www.mar gottafuneralhomes.com