Teresa Giudice lost her beloved father, Giacinto Gorga, on April 3, at the age of 76. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was extremely close to her father even more so in the last few years. Since Teresa’s mother, Antonia Gorga, passed away in 2017, her dad has lived with her and her four daughters Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11, in their Montville, NJ home. Since then, Nonno became a father-like figure as well as a grandfather to the girls – making their bond extra special.
While Teresa and her four daughters are leaning on each other during this challenging time, the RHONJ OG is also getting emotional support from a surprising figure in her life. Due to the current quarantine orders, Teresa is unable to find solace with her brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.
New Jersey, like many other states, is under a strict ‘Stay AT Home’ order due to the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, Teresa is turning to her estranged husband, Joe Giudice, for support during this trying and emotional time.
“She’s, of course, devastated. Joe Gorga has been with Melissa [Gorga], and her family [her sisters and their kids] hunkered down,” a source tells HollywoodLife. “She’s been talking to Joe Giudice daily as it is, but even more so now and is leaning on him and many others for support. They’ve both cried a lot together. Joe also has taken it very hard and hates that he can’t be there for his girls and an eventual funeral. She is at peace with the fact that her father can now be with her mother. She’s very spiritual like that. He had been sick for a really, really long time, and she was a full-time caretaker, so of course, it was challenging for her. She’s just happy he’s not suffering anymore. He’s been very sick for years but always overcame it.”
Nonno, who many feared passed away from CoronaVirus, actually died from pneumonia. His passing was not a shock to his family as his health has been ailing for quite some time. Over the last several years, Nonno has been in and out of the hospital and has battled pneumonia several times.
“Nonno’s death was not a surprise to the family. Teresa was starting to get on edge when coronavirus was becoming a bigger thing and slowing down who was coming into the home,” the source explained. “She was very scared because she knew he was immunocompromised. She did everything to keep her dad healthy as he had a ton of health issues, but ultimately he died of pneumonia. It was not coronavirus.”
The Giudice/Gorga family said the final farewell to their beloved father and Nonno on Tuesday, April 7. The immediate family gathered for a small ceremony to honor Nonno’s life and set him free.
In a video posted by almost the entire family, Gia, Gabriella, Milania, Audriana, along with their cousins Antonia Gorga, Gino Gorga, and Joey Gorga can be seen releasing three doves into the air as part of the funeral service.
“The beautiful Grandchildren watching the doves fly into the heavens in honor of their Nonno,” Melissa Gorga wrote on Instagram while Gia shared, “Today we set you free, fly high my beautiful angel.”
Meanwhile, Joe Giudice shared his own tribute to his father-in-law and thanked him for helping to raise his daughters and teach them so much in his absence.
“Salute,” Joe wrote. “Thank you; I will forever be grateful. It is because of you that my girls know how to cook pasta, eggplant, and how to drive (lol). Thank you for always being a great grandfather and FIL. You will be greatly missed by all of us especially because your absence was never seen, but you taught us to not to be afraid and never fear the future! My girls are strong from our great team effort! Today, I honor you for helping support my girls’ dreams.”
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Thank you, I will forever be grateful. It is because of you that my girls know how to cook pasta, eggplant, and how to drive (lol). Thank you for always being a great grandfather and FIL. You will be greatly missed by all of us especially because your absence was never seen, but you taught us to not to be afraid and never fear the future! My girls are strong from our great team effort! Today, I honor you for helping support my girls dreams.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in late 2020 or early 2021.