Giuseppina “Giosi” (Ricciardi) Carlozzi, 92, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Avon Health Center. Giosi was the widow of the late Carlo Carlozzi, Sr., her beloved husband of 57 years. Giosi, born May 26, 1930 in New Britain, was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Rosa
In July 1931, due to the depression, her family moved to their ancestral home in Italy. Giosi grew up in Campodipietra, Province of Campobasso (Molise), Italy. As a child, she learned the importance of family, hard work and love of her church. In 1951, she returned to New Britain.
She was a very talented seamstress and worked for 42 years at Mario Valenti/American Bazaar in New Britain. Even at home, she loved to spend time at her treasured Necchi sewing machine, making clothes for herself, family and friends. She was often called on to help others with sewing projects, never charging for her work. She had a vast collection of fabrics, patterns, threads and buttons.
The house was always full of Italian music, especially opera, the kitchen had the sweet smells of homemade pasta, bread, pizza and treats and the sauce was made from the over 100 tomato plants from the garden. Her kitchen was truly the heart of the home, and was always full of extended family and friends who would just drop over for a visit. They never left hungry.
Giosi and her late husband Carlo had season tickets to The Connecticut Opera for over 20 years courtesy of their son Frank and his wife Jane. When the Connecticut Opera ceased operations, her daughter Linda treated her with season tickets to The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City. She knew all the operas and arias. She was a member of the Angelo Tomasso, Sr. Lodge, Order
Sons and Daughters of Italy in America and the Campodipietra Mutual Benefit Society, and was a member of St Jerome Church for over 60 years.
To mourn her passing, Giosi leaves two sons and a daughter, Frank M. and Jane (Meyer) Carlozzi of Farmington; Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. of New Britain, and Linda Carlozzi of Pelham, NY. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Brian J. and Madeline (McLennon) Carlozzi of Kingston, NY, and Amanda (Carlozzi) and Philip Berry of Longmeadow, MA, and her beloved great granddaughter, Siena Berry, who always put a smile on her face. She also leaves behind cousins, nieces and nephews all across the country, Italy, and Australia.
She was predeceased by her sister, Sr. Angela Ricciardi (Sisters of the Providence) Portieux, France; brother Frank and Stella (Pagano) Ricciardi, Sudbury, MA; sister Emilia and Amedeo Francalangia of New Britain, and her beloved cousin, who was regarded as a sister, the late Serafina (Ricciardi) Carlone of Brooklyn, NY. Giosi was also predeceased by her in-laws, brother in-law Michele and his wife Teresa Carlozzi, and two sister in-laws, Marianna (Carlozzi) D’Avirro and Rosa Carlozzi.
The family wishes to express its most sincere gratitude to the medical professionals who cared for Giosi, and especially to the nurses, CNAs and staff at Avon Health Center for their compassionate and loving care over the last couple of months. A very special thank you to Bogusia, who was her home health aide for over four years.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 South Main St., New Britain, CT, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St Katherine Drexel Parish, St. Jerome Church, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain. Entombment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain.
Calling hours will be on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to The Italian Welfare League, “I Nostri Bambini” 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021, www.italianwelfareleague/support-iwl . Please share a memory of Giosi with the family in the online guest book www.ericksonhansen.com .