Dora Giovannini

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Jan. 2, 2013

Dora Giovannini, 97, formerly of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by her family.

Born in Jessup on Oct. 25, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Sebastiano and Guiseppina Vispi Nardelli.

She was a graduate of Old Forge High School, Class of 1934. She was a member of St. Barbara's Parish, Exeter. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph (Pete) Giovannini, in 1989; siblings, Tina Ferretti, Raymond Nardelli, Anna Abbott and Anthony Nardelli; and son-in-law, William Heapps.

Surviving are her children, Flora Heapps, Port Washington, N.Y., Frances Scatena and her husband, Louis Ronald, Phoenix, Ariz., attorney Joseph Giovannini Jr. and his wife, Joanne, Kingston, Diana Giovannini and her husband, Ralph Scafuro, Yatesville; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Rena Salerno, Jenkins Township; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Mercy Center, Dallas, the nursing staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Dr. James Bruno for the excellent and compassionate care they provided to Dora.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Barbara's Parish, Memorial Avenue, Exeter. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Center, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612. Online condolences may be made at

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 6, 2013