It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Julie M. Gioia, on October 6, 2019. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis M. Gioia, Sr. who preceded her in death on January 20, 1991.
Julie was born at home in Brewster, NY on December 18, 1930, one of eight children born to the late Nicholas Emerito and the late Evelyn (Martin) Skelton.
She is survived by her children Louis M. Gioia, Jr. (Peggy Ann) of Sherman, CT, Jody A. Lambrech (Matthew) of Sherman, CT and Jamie N. Gioia (Ellen) of New Milford, CT and the lights of her life, her six granddaughters and their spouses, Julie Rider (Lonn) of Foster, RI, Honora Gioia (Ana Guzina) of Saigon, Vietnam, Katherine Gioia of Honolulu, HI, Meghan Lambrech of Sherman, CT, Christina Rossell (Jeff) and her great grandson, Jeffrey James Rossell of Leander, TX, and Rachel Gioia of New York, NY. In addition, she is survived by her sister Margaret Rabone of MA and her brother James Emerito (Eileen) of Newtown, CT, her sister-in-law Angeline Emerito of FL and Marnie Emerito of Danbury, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John Emerito, Joseph Emerito, Alfred Emerito and Nicholas Emerito, her sister Inez Rice, her sisters-in-laws Beverly Emerito, Lucy Mannion, Donna Scalzo, Rose Shail, Eleanor Emerito, Jean Emerito, her brothers-in law Rocco Gioia, Edward Shail and Jesse Rice, her nieces Joya Covillion and Lisa Shail and her nephews Edward Emerito and Matthew Rice.
Julie was educated in Danbury schools and worked in various jobs throughout her life, retiring from Grolier, Inc.
She loved to cook, bake, crochet, and was an avid reader. She loved Broadway Shows, the Opera, and Travel. If you mentioned the word travel, her bags were packed and ready to go. She was fortunate to have traveled to many exciting destinations around the world. She was a strict disciplinarian, hence, the name lovingly given to her by her children and grandchildren, “General Julie”. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She would move heaven and earth for them and attended all of their sporting events, dance recitals, band events, etc. She was also beloved by her many nieces and nephews.
Our dad has his dancing shoes ready. He has been waiting a long time for the love of his life to join him on heaven’s dance floor for a little “jitterbug”.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Friday October 11, 2019 at Danbury Memorial Funeral Home (117 South St, Danbury CT 06810) from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Prayer Service to begin at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery in Danbury, CT.
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