Joseph "Jo Jo Nice" Gingerella
1992 - 2016
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Groton - Joseph "Jo Jo Nice" Gingerella died tragically Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at the young age of 24.

Joey died a hero selflessly helping someone in need. Joey was loved by so many people. He had a special gift to light up a room with his large, bright smile and infectious humor. Joey lived and breathed baseball and participated in many softball teams and tournaments. Joey loved all animals and was always trying to bring a new pet home. He loved his dog "Kymani" who spent many nights sleeping by his side.

Born Feb. 28, 1992, Joey left behind his dedicated and loving parents, Tammy and Joseph de la Cruz whom he resided with; and his father, Frank and Kristen Gingerella of Rhode Island; and Joey's only sister, Kayla Gingerella, who loved him so much that she would do anything to protect him. He was also survived by his grandfather, Kenneth Johnson of Groton; Deborah de la Cruz and Jay Mingrone of Quaker Hill, Gabriel and Nancy de la Cruz of Montville, Helen and Nick Duane of Rhode Island, and Thomas and Jane Gingerella of Montville. Joey had many aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends he called family. Joey was very proud of being the godfather to Aericka Sierra. In addition to so many he is leaving behind, his heart belonged to his first true love, Heather Emerich.

Joey was predeceased by his grandmother, Kathleen Johnson. Joey had a special bond with his grandmother and till the time of his death missed her deeply.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Fitch High School, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton. All guests are being asked to arrive by 1 p.m. to greet the procession at the front entrance of the school. Guests will be able to pay their respects immediately following the service.

Joey's proudest moments of his life were spent at Fitch High. First as a student, athlete and then as an advocate to spread awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs. Joey's legacy will live on through his family and Community Speaks Out.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in honor of Joseph Gingerella to Community Speaks Out, Inc., P.0. Box 541, Groton, CT 06340 or donations may be made online on communityspeaksout.org. In addition, donations may also be made to 'The Joseph Gingerella Fitch Baseball Scholarship Fund' , 95 Corey Road, Groton, CT 06340.

Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton, is handling the arrangements.

Please visit www.byles.com to sign the online register or to share a memory.

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Published in The Day on Dec. 15, 2016.
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December 9, 2019
His spirit lives on!
Cassandra Smith
December 21, 2016
I remember hanging out with Joey a few times at my friends house and I use to always try to show Joey my snapchat videos to make him laugh. I'm gonna miss you bro.
Devon Morris
December 20, 2016
Cathi Post
December 20, 2016
Tammy, Joe & Kayla. My sincere condolences to your family for this horrible tragedy. Joey was loved by so many and was a wonderful young man. He is an Angel in Heaven as he was on Earth. He is now with his beloved Grandmother and his Brother's. Again my deepest sympathy to you all. RIP Joey as you are loved and missed by many.
Cathi Post
December 19, 2016
Tammy & Joe,

Please accept my deepest condolences to you for the loss of your sweet boy Joey. I can't even imagine the pain you are going through, but know you have much love and support from your many friends to help you get through the days ahead. Be proud of the fine courageous boy he was and always cherish your wonderful memories.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Robin Shinn
December 19, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Diane Strong & Robert Strong, Jr.
December 19, 2016
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. Just know that GOD has him now and he will safe forever. I knew Joey he was in my office at time and always lit the room up with that huge smile, which I never will forgot.

Mrs.Strong and Robert Strong,Jr.
The Strong Family
December 19, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat Rehmer
December 19, 2016
Sorry for you lost . Thank you Tammy and Joe for all the hard work you do in the community to help those who are suffering. Peace ,love and blessings to you and your family we know that Joe is in a better place now. We must continue to do everything we can to help those who are in need.
Joey Rest In Peace
The Struggle Continues

Peace and Love
Karl. iching productions

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Karl Jennings
December 18, 2016
The loss of a loved one is never easy,it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken too soon. The loss of Joey is in a category of the unimaginable.
We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy. May the outpouring of love help you through this difficult time.
We pray you find the courage to move forward in peace knowing that Joey's was a life that touched so many.
Terri & Matt Bridgman
December 17, 2016
I cannot even begin to imagine the depth of your pain from this horrible tragedy. So very sorry for your loss.
Sally Bondy
December 17, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss! Joey was just at our home that Friday night. We will miss him terribly which cannot begin to compare to your loss. He was a BEAUTIFUL young man!!!!!!!
Lee and Linda Nevith
December 17, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of having Joey in class at Fitch. He was such a great kid, larger than life. He will be deeply missed.
Deb Sokolski
December 17, 2016
A life taken way too soon. God Bless...
December 17, 2016
Sorry for your loss, your in our thoughts and prayers
Carrie and Gary Savona
December 17, 2016
With heartfelt condolences. You are not alone. Kathy Ross
Kathy Ross
December 16, 2016
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December 16, 2016
Tammy and Joe,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy Hale
December 16, 2016
Dear Joe &Tammy,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Curt & Kathy Nunier
CURT NUNIER
December 16, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. I never had the privilege of having Joey in class here at Fitch High School but I knew him and he knew me. That was the wonderful thing about Joey, there were no strangers. He was a bright light with his uplifting spirit that radiated through his smile.

And Kayla, I am sending you a special message of love and hugs. You have and always will be one of my special "kids".

Joey, you will not be forgotten. God bless you as you now brighten heaven with your radiance.

Again, my sincerest condolences for your loss.
Liz Porter
December 16, 2016
Dear Joe & Tammy & Kayla and family,
We are truly sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved son. Please know your in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May the memories of Joey and the love of your family give you strength in the days ahead.


With Deepest Sympathy,
Samantha Boyd & the Pementil family
Samantha Boyd
December 16, 2016
Joe & Tammy,
My sincere condolences to both of you for this tremendous loss.
Robert Cutler
December 16, 2016
Im not good at writing or even having a conversation sometimes, but this has been a shock for me I think everyone that were at Fitch or even at Fitch high now. Keep smiling.
Anna Carmenati
December 16, 2016
To Joey's family and friends. I offer my heart felt condolences, it seems he was loved by so many. May he be at peace.
Deanna Shipman
December 16, 2016
Joe our family sends your family our deepest condolences and prayers for the lost of your son joey
Charles Spicer
December 16, 2016
I did not know Joseph but from what I have heard he was a guardian angel while here on earth. So sorry for your loss. I hope he continues he good work from heaven.
December 16, 2016
Tammy, Joe, family...my Anita...,
We are so very sorry for the loss of Joey and this horrific tragedy. We got the pleasure of watching him play baseball over the years at the same time as our son Dylan and will always remember him smiling. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
Donna, Chris "Smitty", Dylan, Logan, Ryan Smith
Donna Bienkowski Smith
December 16, 2016

Tammy,Joe and Kayla,
My heart goes out to you. I remember Joey bouncing into the office at Claude Chester with the biggest smile. I use to call him smiley. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shirley Caputo
Shirley Caputo
December 15, 2016
Joe and family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
John and Wendy Robbins
December 15, 2016
TAMMY, JOE AND FAMILY; OUR HEARTS BREAK FOR YOU ALL ON THE LOSS OF YOUR SON JOEY. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT A LOSS IT IS TO YOU. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WE HOPE THAT YOUR MEMORIES OF YOUR SON WILL GIVE YOU COMFORT. WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS.
BRIAN & GRACE MAGUIRE
December 15, 2016
I am so very sorry that Joey 's life ended the way it did. I did not no him personally my condolences to all of his family God Bless you all. He was just trying to help that 's all my heart goes out to Joey you will be missed and remembered by my son Devon
Michelle Eleazer
December 15, 2016
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Del a Cruz and Gingerella family along with all friends and extended family who loved and cared for your son. Lean on those family and friends to help you through this tragic time and may you find peace within yourself and each other.
Melinda and James Noe
December 15, 2016
Sorry for your loss. RIP Joe
Patrick and Deb Fearnbaugh
December 15, 2016
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Praying your strength in the Lord.
Marisol Rivera Bryant
December 15, 2016
RIP Joe
Sean Greene
December 15, 2016
Tammy, Joe and Kayla - I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Joey as a happy child, always laughing and joking around. I will keep your family in my prayers. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
Cathy Gauthier
December 15, 2016
I always enjoyed competing against Jo Jo on the softball field. A great competitor and an even better person. He will be missed.
Jeffrey Dubins
December 15, 2016
I had the opportunity to share some good times with him and he knew how to make you feel like family. He would walk in a room and brighten up the room with his smile. You will be missed Joey RIP
Angelica Lugardo
December 15, 2016
Dear Joe, Tammy and family,
Our hearts break for you and we can only imagine the anguish you are suffering. Your son's last actions were courageous and we hope that the wonderful memories you have of him will comfort you in the days to come.
Matt & Karen Morton
December 15, 2016
Joey was "A Good Kid". He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy.
Joe & Maryellen Driscoll
December 15, 2016
Dear Tammy, Joe and Kayla,

Words cannot express what we are feeling for all of you. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and our hope is your memories will bring you comfort.

With deepest sympathy,
The Herter Family
December 15, 2016
To all the family members of this selfless young man,

Our hearts ache for your and the community's loss. We hope that the countless memories shared in his 24 years will give you the peace, comfort and strength to get through this very difficult time.

Linda Cady and Luke Landry
Linda Cady
December 15, 2016
Joe and Tammy: I am so sorry for the loss of your son words really don't do it justice. I loved your son as everyone else did. Such a great young man who's life was cut tragically short. I will always smile to myself when I think of Joey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Michael Kelly
December 15, 2016
Dear Tammy and Joe ,

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the tragic death of your son.

With deepest sympathy,

Art (Frenchy) LeBlanc
Art LeBlanc
December 15, 2016
Ftich HIgh School Nurses Office
December 15, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss Joe and family! No words can take away the pain and hurt but please know that your in my heart, thoughts an prayers at this time. RIP Joey!

Heather @ Mid City Steel
Heather Ruszczyk
December 15, 2016
Joe and Tammy,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Joey always greeted us with a warm heart and big smile every time we saw him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

The Delaporta's
December 15, 2016
Our deepest condolences to your family our thoughts and prayers are with you, joey will be truly missed.
Wendy Sutherland
December 15, 2016
Beth, my heart goes out to your entire family. What a wonderful legacy Joey has left behind. God used him in a mighty way. His spirit will live on. May Jesus comfort you all and give each of you the strength to endure. I love you!
Cassandra Smith
December 15, 2016
God bless your family, and find rest in his comfort, understanding and peace. Our deepest condolences.
James & Maria Ventura
December 15, 2016
I only knew you through softball, but even then I could tell what a great kid you are (particularly putting up with my team and umping our games). We are going to miss you on the field. Rest in peace, Joey
Brian Brozyna
December 15, 2016
Tammy, Joe and Kayla
I am so sorry for your loss. Joey will be missed by so many people. I am sending you my love and prayers during this difficult time.
Katie DiDonna
December 15, 2016
Tammy , Joe and Kayla
I don't have to tell you how much we loved Joey .
We will continue to keep Joeys spirit alive and stand by your side ..we love you all dearly , thank you for letting us be part of Joeys life
Dawn, Kevin and Samantha
Dawn Rebein
December 15, 2016
Joe, Tammy and Kayla I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You are not alone in your grief.
Susan Dowling
December 15, 2016
Tammy, Joe and Kayla: Joey has been and always will be the light of your lives. He was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed, not just for the next few days or weeks, but forever. He has touched the lives of so many people and will never be forgotten. Ron and I will be there for all of you whenever you need us. You have so much support to help you go on and you will never be alone. We love you!! Barb and Ron
Barbara Johnson
December 15, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. God bless
Brendan & Roda Johnson
December 15, 2016
Tammy and Joe, I am so sorry for the loss of your son Joey. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your entire family. My heart is with you.
Stephanie Johnson
December 15, 2016
My heart goes out the de La Cruz Family. I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers daily.
Lisa Rinato
December 15, 2016
Tammy, Joe, Kayla and the entire DelaCruz, Johnson, and Gingerella families:
You are all in my thoughts daily. May you all find peace and comfort within each other and within the family to move forward another day. One step at a time. His story will live on forever.
Brittani Santana
December 15, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
Tammy Johnston
December 15, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to Joey and his entire family. Keep smiling down upon us
Bill Satti
December 15, 2016
My condolences to the family. I can see Joey was well loved.
Rashad Umrani
December 15, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Sue (Starr)Mattison
December 15, 2016
My deepest condolences to you and your family
May you find comfort in the Lord
Wanda Grayer
December 15, 2016
My heart goes out to the family. Its hard to know that life can change in minutes or even seconds. I'm truly sorry for your loss, even tho I didn't know him personally I feel like I do now by reading all the different articles. What an amazing man and its hard that all the good people have to suffer. May the family stay strong prayers n thoughts sent ur way! R.I.P Joey!
jenn kay
December 15, 2016
Christina Gauvin
December 15, 2016
Thinking and praying for everyone,such a tragedy,I hope you rest in peace
Tabitha Coates
December 15, 2016
I know there is no pain deeper than to suffer the loss of a child. Your son was an inspiration to everyone around him. My heart aches for your family and I will be here for you in the days ahead. Sending love and prayers and extending my deepest sympathy.
Kathleen Dufficy
December 14, 2016
My condolences to Debbie Delacruz and all of Joey's family. A life lost so young. May he rest in peace. My heart goes out to all of you.
Lorrie Del Rossi-Perry
December 14, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
May god light your path with the angel he now holds for you.
Sympathies and Love to you all.
Mary Heidel
December 14, 2016
Another good soul taken too soon. RIP BRO, gone but never forgotten..
Joel Stoddard
December 14, 2016
Nothing can compare to the immense compassion this man carried with him. He had the most infectious smile. Just an all around great person. I hope the family gets over this bump and can begin to move forward. That's what he was all about. Moving forward.
Krystal Hardiman
December 14, 2016
Tammy, Joe and Kayla we are absolutely numb. Joey meant so much to Nova and our family. Nova and I are deeply sorry that we are so far and unable to comfort you but we want you to know that we have prayed everyday for your families strength. Joey still lives in our hearts and we will never forget the many wonderful families we shared over the last 18 years.
Lissy and Nova Crespo
December 14, 2016
Tammy and Joe and Kayla my heart is breaking. He loved you so much and so did I. He always gave me a hug every time I saw him. I won't be able to make the service but I will be in spirit. God bless your entire family. Love Robin Gunther
Robin Gunther
December 14, 2016
Dear Tammy, Joe and to all Joey's Family,
My heart breaks knowing all to well the pain you are feeling. The journey of losing a child is incredibly difficult! I am so sorry you must endure this pain. I pray for peace and comfort to you all!! You are so loved by so many as was Joey. We will be there to help you through this!
Love you!!!
Kim Sullivan
December 14, 2016
Tammy and family were so sorry for your loss. Joey was a nice young man , your in our prayers and thought.
Pompea Finn
December 14, 2016
The Stockton's
December 14, 2016
Tammy , Joe and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow take comfort in knowing God has a special angel in heaven watching over all of you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
Linda (STARR ) Price
December 14, 2016
Tammy,Joe and Kayla my heart is truly broken for you. I know there are no words that could ever take away your heartache, but please know that y'all are in my prayers. Love you all. May God bring you peace and strength.
Caroline Gromko
December 14, 2016
There are no words to comfort you, as a mom my heart aches for the family he left behind. I will continue to keep his family in my prayers. Let's take comfort he has been reunited with his grandmother, and now both can watch over you all.
Kristen Davis
December 14, 2016
Rest In Peace Joey!
John Norman
December 14, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time
Kim Coughlin
December 14, 2016
Dear Tammy, Joe and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time if sorrow. Your family has touched so many lives. May you take comfort in knowing through this tragic loss, he went above and beyond to help others too.
Louise Tyszkiewicz
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