Fernanda Maria Chirurgi died peacefully on May 12, 2020, at the age of 87.
Fernanda, the daughter of the late Giovanni and Giacinta Antonini, was born on May 30, 1932, in Spedino, Italy. She was one of three children. She married the late Enrico "Lefty" Chirurgi on May 5, 1957. She is survived by her three devoted children, Samuel Chirurgi, Frances Fitzsimmons (James) and Gabrielle Giordano (Michael). She was the cherished grandmother of Rachel and Michael Giordano and James and Kevin Fitzsimmons. She is survived by her sister, Francesca Alvisini and many nieces and nephews; her brother, Lino Antonini, predeceased her in 2009.
Fernanda spent her young life in her cherished Spedino until she married the love of her life, Enrico, on May 5, 1957. She then began her life in the United States, living most of her life in Yonkers, NY. She made many wonderful friends and was loved by everyone in her close-knit neighborhood. She was kind to everyone she met and was always smiling. She worked for many years for the Yonkers Board of Education as a cafeteria worker where she was loved by all.
Fernanda lived for her four grandchildren and loved celebrating their birthdays and being together on holidays. She was a very devoted grandmother. She loved cooking for her family, especially Sunday dinners. She especially loved summer barbeques and being among her many wonderful friends and family. One of her favorite things was celebrating her birthday at her son's annual Memorial Day Barbeque with family and friends.
On May 13, 2020, in Spedino, Italy, the church bells rang for five minutes in honor of their beloved daughter, Fernanda.