It’s with deep sadness that we share our beloved Eugenia Gabriele “Gemma” passed away on October 6th, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Gemma was an incredibly loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother. She treasured her family more than anything and will be deeply missed by her
Eugenia was born on May 12, 1939 in Ripanchandia, Provincia di Potenza, Italy, to her late parents, Antonio Leone and Rosa (Pinto) Leone. She was the loving sister to Donato Leone and the late Michele Leone, Anna Faretta and Nunzintina Martino. Gemma married her beloved husband, Luca Gabriele, on September 27, 1959. Gemma then relocated From Italy to the United States a few years later in 1963. She worked side by side with her beloved husband, the late Luca Gabriele, and they opened Luca’s Steakhouse in 1982. Luca and Gemma worked incredibly hard in building a legacy, and the longtime Greenwich steakhouse served as a staple restaurant in our community for over 30 years.
Gemma was best known for being a remarkably loving and selfless woman with a kind spirit. Among her many attributes, Love radiated to everyone who knew her with her big heart and infectious sense of humor. Her warmth, kindness, and generosity are qualities that will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
She is the devoted mother to Antonette Gabriele, Danny Gabriele (wife Suzanne), and Lisa DiPietro (husband Francesco).
She leaves behind her eight cherished grandchildren: Dane D’Elia, Kristin D’Elia and Kaitlin D’Elia. Luca Gabriele, Lara Gabriele and Ava Gabriele. Gabriella Dipietro and Joseph Dipietro. As well as her two great grandchildren, Jayce D’Elia and Davide D’Elia.
To honor Gemma’s life, family and friends will gather Thursday, October 14 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave, Greenwich.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 15 at St. Mary’s Church at 10:00am, followed by entombment at Putnam Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation http://www.diabetes.org
For more information or to place and online condolence www.coxeandgraziano.com