Obituary of Elisa DiGiacopo
Elisa DiGiacopo, 90, of 117 Oldwood Lane in Boonton, NJ, died on September 3rd in her home, surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren.
Elisa was the daughter of Serofino and Luigetta DiBonaventura. She was married to the love of her life, Gottardo DiGiacopo, for 51 years. They met in the town they were born in, Rocche de Civitella, in Abbruzzo, Italy. They were married in Caracas, Venezuela where together they worked as a maid and a butler for three years before reaching their desired destination, America. Here, Elisa and Gottardo raised nine devoted children and eighteen adoring grandchildren in Boonton, NJ.
Elisa was always eager to show her love with kind words, generous acts, and delicious food. She would often recall her own mother who, though very poor, would set a plate at every meal for anyone who might arrive hungry. For decades, Elisa carried on this tradition by welcoming everyone into her home, feeding them, and even providing them with gifts on holidays if they were separated from their own families. Elisa was selfless by nature, what’s hers was yours and then some. She would always say, “do good and forget about it, do bad and think about it.”
Elisa played the roles of daughter, maid, waitress, launderer, wife, mother, bookkeeper and business advisor. Her husband, Gottardo, bragged of his bride, “I give my wife five dollars one day and by the next day it’s ten.”
Elisa is predeceased by her husband Gottardo, her sisters Mafalda and Yolanda, her brothers Guerino, Giustino, Armando and Nello.
Elisa is survived by her four daughters Anita Cicchetti, Rita DiGiacopo, Maria DiGiacopo Bruno and Sharon Sutter, and by her five sons Donato, Sero, Gottardo Jr, Joseph, and Ronaldo DiGiacopo. She is also survived by her children’s dear spouses Keyth, Stephanie, Denise, Maria, Aldo and Bobby. Elisa has one brother Umberto still living in Italy with his wife Michaela and their daughter Daniela.
Of all her accomplishments, Elisa’s crowning achievement was her role of grandmother to Joseph, Samantha, Sabrina, and Mason DiGiacopo; Elisa and Milan DiGiacopo, Devin and Else DiGiacopo, Alisa, Richie and Ava Bruno, Savannah, Sydney, Shea and Summer Sutter, and Isabella, Luca And Rinaldo DiGiacopo.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2020 from 2-6 PM at the Dangler Lewis and Carey Funeral Home, 312 West Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 910 Birch Street, Boonton, NJ 07005. Interment will follow immediately at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Wootton Street in Boonton.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, all persons entering the Funeral Home and Church will be required to wear a face mask or face covering throughout their stay. Likewise, all social distancing rules must be adhered to. Gathering together in groups should not happen. A continued flow throughout the facility will aid in keeping all of us safe, with everyone having an opportunity to pay their respects.