At the age of 88, Agnes (Iacullo) Giovinazzo passed into Eternal Life on Friday, September 1, 2023, at her home in Margate, New Jersey. Her children and daughter-in-law were lovingly by her bedside, as she took her final journey to be with God, the Blessed Mother, and to be reunited with her husband, Frank.
Agnes was the proud mother of five children: Tina (Joe) Ventresca, Terry, Frank (Ginny), John (Tammy), and Carolyn (Joe) Chirichella. The joys of her life were her seven grandchildren: Erica (Fil) Jakimoski, Frank Giovinazzo, Tia (Eric) Silk, Joe (Kelly) Ventresca, John Giovinazzo, Joseph and Anthony Chirichella. She was the adoring Great-Grandmom to her seven little ones: Giovanna, Filip, Isabella, Giancarlo, Giorgio, Cleo, and Luca.
Agnes was born to Marie Rose and Vincent, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, on November 4, 1934; she had eight siblings who predeceased her (Angelina, Nicky, Jenny, Ricky, James, Frankie, Jean, and Jean’s twin sister). While living on Rittenhouse Street, she attended Holy Rosary grade school and Germantown High School. During high school, she worked for a few years as a seamstress in North Philadelphia. In 1951, Agnes met the love of her life, Frank, and they were married on November 20, 1954, at Holy Rosary Church, by their dear and life-long friend, the Reverend, Thomas Browne. Their bond of marriage spanned 66 incredible years. Having lived in a few different places, Agnes ultimately spent most of her years in her Villanova home, and in her final years, at her residence in Margate.
For nearly nine decades, Agnes led an extraordinary and unwavering life of service and sacrifice; she worked hard daily to raise her family and she also managed the in-home care of her parents, until their passing. She effortlessly cared for, what she considered, her family of nine. And throughout her lifetime, she extended her kind spirit and support to many friends and their families. Her faith was an integral part of her life, especially her devotion to the Blessed Mother. She was known for so many wonderful things –her grace, strength, gentleness, generosity, wisdom, beauty, empathy, and humility. One of her absolute, undeniable trademarks was her cooking - but more importantly, it was the love she gave through her cooking to everyone who was lucky enough to sit at her table. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will live on forever, in all the lives she so selflessly touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 South Aberdeen Avenue, Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 8, 2023. A viewing will be held, in the Church, from 10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m., followed by Mass, at 11:30 a.m. After Mass, interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, 235 Matsonford Road, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Agnes Giovinazzo’s memory to Wills Eye Hospital Foundation (email@example.com or 215- 440-3154) or to The American Heart Association (www.heart.org/donate or 1-800-242-8721).