Giovanna L. (Gerri) Eisenstein “Yakky”, 86, of Glen Mills, PA and formerly of Drexel Hill passed away on May 19, 2020.
Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1933, she was the daughter of the late Anthony D. and Louise E. (DiSipio) Lepore.
Giovanna was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a deep and abiding faith, believing that joy was the most infallible sign of the presence of God. She embraced life for all it was worth and shared that spirit with those around her every day.
Gerri was the beloved wife of the late Leo C. Eisenstein; loving mother of Edward (Tanya), Julia Young (Joseph), Leo Jr. (Sarah), John (the late Karen), Elizabeth Gallagher (Dan) and Veronica King (Kevin); devoted grandmother of 11 grandchildren devoted grandmother of Wendy Burke Walker (Paul), Cole Pierce (Elena), Sabrina Eisenstein, Tyler Pierce, Ariana Eisenstein, Paige King, Nicholas King, Danny Gallagher, Bella Eisenstein, Annie Gallagher and Giovanna Eisenstein; great-grandmother of Conner and Kara Walker; dear sister of Anthony Donald Lepore (Barbara). Predeceased by her siblings, John Lepore (Patricia) and Betty Lou Frank (William); as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Giovanna earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University and dedicated many years to her students and colleagues in the William Penn School District as a teacher and mentor. She had a life-long love for her Theta Sigma Upsilon sorority sisters from Temple. In her retirement, Gerri enjoyed a rich and full life at Maris Grove in Glen Mills where she was active in many service and social organizations. She especially loved participating in chorus, the Maris Grove Players, Resident Outreach, Blanket Circle, Italian Club, Connections Committee, Catholic Council, serving as a judge of elections, filming commercials for Erickson Living, and volunteering at Rose Court among many other pursuits. Gerri was a lifelong learner who embraced the new and novel along with her traditional pursuits. She was a Writing Fellow at West Chester University, a dedicated family historian, a fantastic cook and baker, and a passionate reader.
Due to the pandemic, services are private for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to Maris Grove Resident Care Fund, ℅ Maris Grove Office of Philanthropy 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA 19342. (For more information call Barbara Burri 1-610-387-4670.)
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Maris Grove Resident Care Fund, c/o Office of Philanthropy
200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills PA 19342