Joan K. "Gio" Iannotti
1950 ~ 2021
Joan Karen Iannotti, "Gio," 70, of Port Orange, Florida, passed from this earth at 7:36 a.m. on September 9th, 2021, in Daytona Beach, with her son, Robert, by her side.
Born on December 6th, 1950 in Bridgeport, CT, to parents Vincent and Carolyn Iannotti, a tool and dye maker, and a nurse, respectively, "Gio," a nickname given to her by her father's father, Giuseppe, was an only child, but had many cousins throughout Connecticut and Italy. Gio attended St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Trumbull, CT, where she accumulated many close childhood friends who served as de facto "aunts," and their children de facto cousins, to her Irish-twin sons, Bobby and Ricky, born 13 months apart. Joan attended Annhurst College in Woodstock, CT for her undergrad, where she accumulated more lifelong friends. She studied English Literature for a semester at the University of Oxford in England, then earned a Masters in Finance at the University of Bridgeport. Joan married her soul mate, Robert Peter Piccirillo, at St. Theresa's Church in Trumbull, CT, in 1978. Shortly after getting married, Bob and Joan immigrated to St. Petersburg, Florida, where Joan began her career in finance working for a company called E-Systems, becoming its first female executive. E-Systems, Inc., a military defense contractor, which built top-secret spying equipment and other advanced electronic gear, was eventually acquired by Raytheon. Joan loved going to the beach, boating, and bike riding. But what she really loved to do was write. Joan re-adopted her childhood nickname, "Gio," repurposing it for her pen name, under which she published several novels, "Triangle", "Act of Contrition," and an edited edition of her father-in-law's book, "Beggarman Thief." Joan retired from Raytheon in 2014, relocating several times between Florida and Connecticut, before finally settling down in Port Orange, close to where some of her childhood girlfriends from Connecticut had decided to settle in Florida, as well. Unfortunately, cancer took her before she was able to enjoy writing in her new house, which is located in a wonderful neighborhood and has a white picket fence.
Joan is survived by her two sons, Robert Vincent Piccirillo, of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Richard Frank Piccirillo, of Port Orange, Florida, respectively. She is also survived by many cousins throughout Connecticut, her godson, Marc Wysocki, of Jacksonville, FL, as well as her cugini, Lorenzo Conte, of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, and Giuseppina Conte, of Cerreto Sannita, Italia. She is also survived by her many lifelong friends who became de facto sisters, Marie Zyskowski, of Shelton, CT, Eileen Lowe, of Port Orange, FL, Tina Riccio, also of Port Orange, FL, Lucile King, of St Petersburg, FL, and many others, too many to list. And, her most recent dog rescue, Buddy.
Joan was preceded in death by her soul mate, Robert P. Piccirillo, her brothers-in-law, Ricky and Billy, and all of the mutts she loved along the way, Jason, Tiki, Layla, Enzo, Peggy Sue.
Joan's funeral will be held on Friday, September 24th 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at St Theresa's Catholic Church, the same church where she married Bob. She will be interned with her parents, Vinny and Carolyn, and her soul mate, Bob, in the Iannotti Family Plot, at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, in Trumbull, CT, following the service. Please join the family afterwards at Vazzy's in Bridgeport for drinks and food and good times.
Joan was the absolute embodiment of "The Giving Tree," and sometimes she cared more about others than herself, especially in regards to her sons. She has left a hole in so many hearts that can never be filled! And, she will be truly missed.
R.I.P. Joan Karen Iannotti; December 6th, 1950 - September 9th, 2021.
Published by Connecticut Post on Sep. 21, 2021.