Assunta Di Nardo passed away peacefully at the age of 90, in the early morning of September 4th, 2020 surrounded by her beloved husband of 70th years, her children and her grandchildren. She was born on December 20th, 1929 in the small town of Esperia, Italy where she grew up and lived with her father, stepmother, and 2 half-sisters. Assunta’s mother unfortunately passed away when she was young, and did not get the chance to get to know her. At the age of 20 she met Emidio DI Nardo, a young from her town and that began a 70 year love story. They were married on March 31st, 1951 in their local church amongst family and friends.
During their time in Italy, Assunta was a homemaker and took care of their family farm. She had 4 children with 1 daughter sadly passing away at the age of 4 months. Their house was one of first in their town to have indoor running water, electricity and so many more items that were considered luxuries at the time. In 1971, they made the brave choice to move their entire family to New York to create a better life for themselves and their children.
They settled in the Little Italy section of the Bronx where they would continue to live for more than 30 more years. During her life in the Bronx, she would take the train to Manhattan daily where she worked in a jewelry box factory, while not knowing any English. She made her final move to Hartsdale NY where she lived for another 20 years enjoying the gardens, which she created with her husband, in front of her co-op.
She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Assunta loved to dress up for parties, and through good times and bad her beloved Emidio always made sure she had a new party dress to wear, which brought out a smile which could light any room. Her passions were gardening, cooking, spending as much time with her family as she could and passing down the stories of their life in Italy and all the wonderful adventures they had there.
Assunta was an extraordinarily strong woman. She had to go through the heartache of losing her first daughter at the age of 4 months as well as another child, Michael, who passed at the age of 57. She battled several health conditions later in life but they barely slowed her down. She was always so full of life and just one call with her children or grandchildren would excite her and raise her spirits again. Visiting her home was like a trip back in time. Her home was not only filled with love, it was also filled with items that had sentimental value to her, and reminded her of all the good times in her life. It did not matter who gave it to her or how simple the item it was, they were all reminders of the good life she had.
Assunta is survived by her loving husband, Emidio Di Nardo, her daughter, Nancy Pacino and her husband Carlo Pacino, her son Anthony Di Nardo and his wife Carmela Di Nardo, her daughter in-law Angela Di Nardo, her 5 grandchildren, Maria Pacino, Emidio Di Nardo and his spouse Joel Braverman, Michael Di Nardo, Maria Horan and her spouse Patrick Horan, Giovanni Di Nardo and his spouse Angela Diaz and her 2 great grandchildren Matthew and Daniel Horan. Her family will greatly miss her presence, laughter, and great spirit. She is finally at peace, resting with her father, mother and 2 children.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of the following in the name of Assunta Di Nardo.
National Centre for Padre Pio
111 Barto Road, Barto PA 19504
Hospice of Westchester
1025 Westchester Ave
White Plains, NY 10604