Giuseppe (Joseph) Sandonato Obituary – Newport Daily News

Mr. Giuseppe (Joseph) D. Sandonato, 94, of Middletown, Rhode Island, died August 18, 2022, after a brief illness. Born on December 18, 1927 in the small town of Prezza in the picturesque Abruzzo region of central Italy, he was the only child of Antonio and Liberata (Navarroli) Sandonato.

Giuseppe’s childhood and adolescence are spent in his hometown. His dream of becoming an engineer led him to attend technical secondary schools in the nearby towns of Pratola Peligna and Sulmona. When adverse war and post-war conditions interrupted his formal studies, Giuseppe enlisted in the Italian Army’s Alpine Corps and was stationed in the Northern Alps.

In 1950, Giuseppe decided to emigrate to Canada, where he joined relatives in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Two years later, in Niagara Falls, he married Gina D’Eramo, also from his hometown of Prezza. Gina’s family had recently emigrated to the United States and settled in Newport, Rhode Island. The young married couple chose to join Gina’s family in Newport.

Supervised by his father-in-law, Giuseppe began working as a laborer and gradually learned various aspects of the. construction trades such as operating heavy equipment, reading blueprints, surveying and planning construction projects. These skills allowed him to become a foreman. Later still, he became one of the principal associates of the family business of construction and hotel and real estate management.

Giuseppe and his wife, Gina, have devoted themselves to their family. They had a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Marie. When other members of the Sandonato-D’Eramo clan emigrated to the United States in the 1960s, they found themselves in a rather tight-knit extended Italian family. Periodic trips to Italy became a feature of family life, and close ties were maintained with relatives and friends in their hometown.

Giuseppe was very proud of his Italian heritage and equally proud of his status as a naturalized American citizen. He has been quietly involved with various organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). For the latter group, he carried the Italian flag in the Columbus Day Parade in Newport for many years. Over the years, Giuseppe served as a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Newport and St. Lucy’s Church in Middletown.

Giuseppe will be sadly missed but his extended family, too large to mention, but especially his wife, Gina, and son, Anthony, will be fondly remembered. Funeral arrangements will be private for next of kin. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Church in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or charity of choice.

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Posted on August 20, 2022

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