Giovanni Lettieri of Yonkers, NY passed away, as a true warrior, on Thursday, February 3, 2022 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 88.
Giovanni was born on September 10, 1933 in Novi Velia, Italy Pr. Salerno to Luigi Lettieri and Francesca Melone and was the 3rd of seven siblings.
He married his beloved wife, Esterina Tortorella on May 12, 1960. They came to America and started their family. He was a loving husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an honest, kind and generous person. He was a true family man. He loved and was loved by his family. . His joy was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a self-taught accordion player. He learned masonry skills while in Italy that he used throughout his life. He worked for Stewart Stamping Inc. in Yonkers for 30+ years until his retirement in 1995.
He enjoyed going on vacations to the beach, the Poconos and other trips with his retired co-workers and he loved weekend getaways in upstate New York with his family where he enjoyed showing off his skills of the land. He loved the outdoors and told many stories of his childhood and life growing up on a farm. He wanted to make sure we knew where the roots of our ancestry originated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother in law Rosina and Angelo Manganelli, his two young sisters Luigina and Anna, and two other brothers in law Angelo Tancredi and Angelo Nicolello.
He is survived by his loving wife Esterina (Tortorella), children Francesca (Frank Sabatini) of Carmel, NY, Gina (Joe Forgione) of Cortlandt Manor, NY, Gino (Susan Weatherford) of Monroe, NY, grandchildren, Elizabeth Polden, Brandy (Weatherford) and Vinny Miller, Jacqueline Polden, Joseph and Krystle (John) Forgione, Catherine Hickok, Cody Hickok, and 3 great grandchildren Samantha Miller, Giovanni Forgione and Grace Forgione. He is also survived by his sister Giovannina (Angelo Tancredi) and family, his brother Nicola and Orsolina Lettieri and family; and sister Luigina-Anna (Angelo Nicolello) and family along with many nieces, nephews, cousins.
He also loved and was adored by his cousins in New Jersey.
He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.