Giovanna (Jennie) Nicastro, age 102 years, passed peacefully into eternal life on May 23, 2022 in Nipomo, CA where she lived with her daughter Claudia and son-in-law Bill Batty. She was the beloved wife of the late Vito Nicastro. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Giusta (Santamaria) Nardolillo.
She was the loving mother of Robert Nicastro and his wife Diane of North Fort Myers, FL; Janice Morgan and her husband Dennis of Pawtucket, RI; and Claudia Nicastro-Batty and her husband William of Nipomo, CA. She was the adoring grandmother of R. Vito Nicastro, PhD, Julie Nicoletti and husband Andy, Ryan Morgan, William Batty III, MD, and wife Katy, Allison (Batty) Capps and husband Charles, Melissa Batty, Nicole DelGiudice and husband John, and Terrence Aussant, DC, and wife Shari. She was the great-grandmother of Kayla and Aria Nicoletti, Sophia and Lucia Nicastro, Allanah, Aiden and Saoirse Batty, Alli, Zachary, and Lizzie DelGiudice, and Gracie Aussant. She was the aunt to many nieces and nephews, cousin to Elena DiGiovanni, and sister-in-law to George Nicastro and Guy Lancellotti.
Jennie was the sister of the late Mario Nardolillo, Mary Nardolillo, Angela Famiglietti, Lucia Lancellotti and Vincenza Medeiros.
Jennie, like her husband, was a master baker. She perfected traditional Italian cookies for all family occasions and holidays, once even traveling across country by plane carrying a box of cookies for her niece’s wedding on her lap. She was a talented cook, making all Italian specialties. There was always an abundance of food at her table. When asked why, she said, “Because that is how we celebrate.” When asked what family is, she replied, “The people you can always go back to.” She was an unrivaled storyteller and expert gardener. She maintained a flourishing vegetable and flower garden at her home in Rhode Island each summer. Jennie enjoyed traveling, earning the family nickname “Marco Polo.” Annually she would travel between Rhode Island, California and Florida. She traveled to many states and Italy twice accompanied by family. She met some of her cousins there and said it was the best time of her life. In later years she enjoyed visiting family and friends, spending time with her grand-dog Tag, sitting in the sun relaxing and completing countless word-find books (her favorite), playing Bingo, Pokeno and Mexican Train.
Jennie was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her secret to longevity was living “One Day at a Time”. Jennie will be lovingly remembered by all whose lives she has touched. "You touched our hearts, colored our days with cherished moments, sweet memories, gentle joy and love. Thank you."
The funeral will be 9:00 am Tuesday June 7th from the A.A. Mariani & Son Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins Street, Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Ann Church, 280 Hawkins Street, Providence. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. Visiting Hours are Monday, June 6th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm.