Jean Galassi (DiRuocco)

Date of Death: 
May 10th, 2020

Giovannina “Jean” Gloria Galassi (nee DiRuocco) peacefully passed away on May 10, 2020 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph W. Galassi, Sr; her parents Vincenzo and Rose DiRuocco; her sister Maria Aurelia “Elsie” Edral and her brother Camillo “Sonny” DiRuocco. She is survived by her loving children Joseph W. Galassi, Jr. (Francine) and Jeannie Saponara (Nick) and her dearest grandchildren Christopher Saponara, John Saponara, Maria Galassi, Gina Galassi, Joseph W. Galassi, III and Michael Galassi. Jean met the love of her life while working for the Department of Navy in New York. Jean and Joe married on October 5, 1963, and shortly thereafter moved to Maryland where they both worked for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. Family meant everything to Jean. Since getting married late in life, she never thought she’d be able to have children - let alone grandchildren. She loved them dearly with all her heart. She made sure she had time to attend all her grandchildren’s activities and special events. She held a special place in her heart for her nieces – especially Germaine (and husband Tony) who would visit her often from out of state, make her laugh, watch old movies together and spend quality time with each other, frequenting the slot machines in the casinos. Friends were so important to Jean – especially after the loss of her husband, Joe. She had wonderful neighbors – Avery and Lorraine Bree – who were a blessing to her and whom she loved dearly. She enjoyed traveling with her friends to the Jersey Shore, casino trips, Lancaster, Niagara Falls and Cape Cod. Her favorite game show was Jeopardy and everyone knew not to call her during that time. Jean was a faith-filled woman and an active member in her cherished parish Maternity BVM Church. She loved Fr. Paul Quinter, Monsignor Majoris, Sr. MaryBeth Geraghty and all those priests and deacons who served her and the parish so well throughout the years. She was a member of the Maternity BVM Seniors Club, St. Albert the Great Seniors Club and frequented the Solly Avenue Seniors Club for various activities. She was also a Eucharistic Minister for Maternity BVM Church who would also administer the Sacrament to the residents at the Oakwood Nursing Home. Due to the current circumstances her funeral services are private however, her Funeral Mass can be viewed by visiting our Galzerano Funeral Home Facebook page or by copying and pasting the link below in your browser address bar. In lieu of flowers family would prefer donations in her name to the Maternity BVM Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave. Phila PA 19115 https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=240021093988964&ref=watch_permalink

Memories and Condolences

Sending our deepest condolences to Jean’s family. She was a good friend and neighbor to our family, and a spiritual inspiration to everyone she met. My mother is a resident at Oakwood whom Jean distributed the Eucharist to which my mother greatly appreciated. Jean will be sadly missed.
My sincere condolences on Jean’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by so many especially all the parishioners of Maternity BVM. I loved her. And I am sorry I and others will not be able to be a part of her funeral.
Dearest Joe , Fran & Family & Jeannie , Nick & boys , I am sending my deepest condolences to all of you on the passing of your precious , lovely , beautiful Mom ( mom mom ) . She lived such a wonderful life, and had so much love to give. She absolutely lit up the room with her beautiful smile, and great personality. She will be missed by all. I will never forget her big heart, and generosity to everyone she loved . Our hearts are heavy . Mrs. Galassi Will always hold a special place in my heart forever!! May she rest in pease & be reunited with her darling husband! I am here for the whole family, and I will continue to pray each and every day for everyone to stay strong and well. Love, Christine Drew & family
Sending my love to your family during this difficult time. Jeannie would tell me of taking her mom back and forth to places because she just didn't want to stay still (except during Jeopardy of course), her love of life and love for her family. il conforto e la forza di Dio
There is a huge hole in my heart losing my very dear friend. Rest in peace. My prayers go out to you and your family
Jean was an extraordinary lady who lived her love for God, her family and her friends. Words cannot express how we will miss her or how grateful we are to have shared our lives with her. May she rest in the arms of God.... ❤️🙏
Jean was such a faith filled person, an inspiration to many. She was kind, generous and wise. Well done good and faithful servant, rest in the peace of your Lord.
My thoughts and prayers have been for all of you and I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. GALASSI'S death. I know how much she meant to all of you. Our faith in the promised of JesusChrist is our consolation. I am United in prayer for her and for all of you Love always, Mary Saponara,MSC

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