It has been a difficult few years for the Giudice/Gorga family, to say the least. Earlier this month, Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga shared the heartbreaking news that their father Giacinto Gorga passed away. “Nonno,” as he was referred to by his family, was a beloved character by his grandchildren and RHONJ fans alike.
Since Nonno’s passing on April 3rd, Teresa and Joe have both been sharing family photos on their respective Instagram accounts. Their kids have posted sweet messages and tributes to their grandfather. Joe Giudice also posted some touching tributes to his father-in-law. Now, Melissa Gorga is speaking out on how the family is coping with their loss.
Speaking to DailyMailTV, Melissa shares, “[Nonno] was so loved. Everybody loves Nonno, everybody loves Nonno.” Melissa went on to share that the family has received an overwhelming amount of love and support from friends, family and fans. They received deliveries of flowers, food, cookies and condolences. “I’m speaking on behalf of Joe, Teresa, and I. Thank you so much to everyone who loved him.”
And it’s true. Everyone does love Nonno. From his humorous side to his wise Italian advice, he was the cornerstone of his family. Melissa has shared some sweet throwback photos of memories with Nonno on social media. Friends like Margaret Josephs even spoke out, expressing how heartbroken she was over the loss.
Due to the coronavirus, the family was able to hold a private funeral with just immediate family in attendance. Melissa explains this is exactly how Nonno would have wanted it.
“It was sad because anyone who is, you know, passing away during the time of the corona is scary. We were all able to be there and you know, I think he would have rather have had it just me, Teresa and Joe and his grandchildren, and that’s who it was. It was sweet, it was very personal, and it was sad though,” Melissa explains.
While Teresa and Joe shared a sweet video of their kids releasing doves in honor of their grandfather, the funeral was free from RHONJ cameras. The family had the rare opportunity to go through this privately. I think this is especially nice for the Gorga/Giudice kids. The Giudice girls have had to weather a lot of life-changing events in front of the cameras. I would think that this break from filming, especially while they are mourning, is welcome.
I particularly feel for Teresa right now. Nonno had been living with Teresa since the tragic loss of his wife in 2017. He had become her rock, especially with the deportation of her estranged husband Joe Giudice. While we will all miss Nonno, we continue to send our love, thoughts, and prayers to the Gorga’s and the Giudice’s.
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TELL US- WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONNO MEMORY? DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR THE FAMILY AS THEY GRIEVE THIS LOSS? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MELISSA GORGA DOING THIS INTERVIEW ABOUT NONNO’S PASSING?
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