Luigi Gelsomino, of Woodbourne, a retired general contractor, passed away on Tuesday the 6th of March, 2018.
Since retirement, Luigi devoted all of his energy to his beloved grandchildren and had a special bond with each of them. He was always engaged with his grandchildren; from playing silly games with the smallest ones, to finding a way with the older kids to add a motor to their toys, even if they couldn't find a reason why a motor was necessary. He loved to see the kids grow and was very patient with them as he helped them learn to walk, ride bikes, and invent new toys. They knew Nonno was the one to go to for any special attention. He was a great friend to many and he will be dearly missed.
He has joined his parents Giuseppe Gelsomino and Orazia Gervasi in eternal rest. He was born October 29, 1950 in Valledolmo, Sicily.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years Maria Grazia at home, his daughters: Marigrace and James Miller, their children Richie and Olivia; Rosemarie and Adam Honsaker, their children Tommy, Emma, and Lizzie; Debra and Anthony Schifano, their children Brielle, Audrey, Brandon, Catie; Gelardina and Ezequiel Francisco, their children Giuliano, Marco, Antonella, and Luciano; Graziella and David Haffner, their children Lorenzo and Santino; and his son, Giuseppe and Molly Gelsomino, along with their children Maria and Francesco Luigi. He is also survived by his loving siblings: Fedele of Thornwood, NY, Concetta, Antonina, Rosa & Francesco all of Sicily, and his father and mother in law, Antonio and Gerardina Molle of Mamaroneck, NY.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005, or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Visitation will be held on Saturday the 10th of March from 9 to 10:30am at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am at Immaculate Conception Church, 6317 Route 42, Woodbourne, NY 12788. Father John Lynch will officiate. Burial will follow at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, for further information call 845-434-7363 or visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com.