In Loving Memory of Josephine Gioiella

August 12, 1928
Bronx, NY
October 08, 2020
Southport, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Friday, October 16, 2020 10:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Smile Train

Josephine Gioiella

Josephine Gioiella, a long-time resident of Southport, CT passed away peacefully on October 8, 2020. Born 92 years ago in New York, she was the daughter of Frank and Antoinette Pontillo.

Early on Josephine worked in retail sales then became a homemaker when she married Henry Gioiella, Sr. a WWII veteran (deceased 1995).

She was an excellent cook who enjoyed cruises and visits to Mohegan Sun but her greatest joy in life was being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Josephine’s greatest strength was helping others. She was a Premier Circle patron of the non-profit organization Smile Train providing operations for over 50 children around the world with cleft lips and palates, which enabled them to live full and productive lives.

Josephine was a compassionate person with an open heart and infectious smile. She will be sadly missed by all, but she will also be joyfully remembered by her son Henry Gioiella and his wife Joan; son Edward Gioiella and his partner Ed Mitchell; her grandson David Gioiella and his wife Annalee; and her two beautiful great grandchildren Luca and Asher.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smile Train at, in Josephine’s name.

A mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10 a.m.

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5 Guestbook Entries for Josephine Gioiella

  1. Josephine was a fine and honest woman .Mom was a person that always put others needs and concerns before her own .Like others in her generation that was born during the depression she saw and lived through major wars, serious problems and unbearable pandemics in history during her 92 years on this earth. Our family is living with this sadness and loss .But she is now living in joy with those who have passed and will see again with God in all eternity. Josephine will always be missed and loved. Her memory will always be kept alive by her children and their families. Say hello to dad for us.

  2. Our condolences to Hank, Joan, David and the extended family. What a beautiful lady she must have been to be surrounded and always supported by the love of her family. How blessed they are to have such wonderful memories. I know she will be missed. Love to you all.

  3. May Nanni Rest In Peace. She was always so warm and welcoming to our family. We know she will watch over her family and friends. Sending much love and many prayers to Hank, Joan, Ed, Ed, David, Annalee, Luca, and Asher. I know you will work hard to keep her memory alive!

  4. Josephine was a loving warm person who was always so sweet to us every time we saw her through the years. Her excitement over becoming a great grandmother was over the moon and she so loved her 2 great grandsons. I know she’ll be missed by her family and friends- God bless her and keep her close!