Obituary of Jennie N. Caiati
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WESTPORT, CONN Giovanna "Jennie" Caiati, 94, of Westport, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2023, surrounded by family. Jennie was born on October 26, 1928, to Frank and Giovanna Nistico of Reggio Calabria, Italy, and Westport, CT. Jennie was just 13 when she and her mother opened the first Arrow Restaurant in Saugatuck. A tiny space on the point of Saugatuck Avenue and Franklin Street where they quickly became a staple in the community. In a short time, the success of their business grew into a 180-seat Italian restaurant that became a "home away from home" for many Westporter's and is still remembered fondly by many. Later in life, Jennie's love of flowers led her to open Blossoms Plus, a florist and event planning company in Westport. Her creative flare and passion for design soon caught the eye of many local celebrities such as Martha Steward, Joanne Woodward, Donna Summer, and Rodney Dangerfield, to name a few of her loyal clients. After retiring, Jennie spent much of her time wintering in Florida with family and friends, although she never slowed down. She loved to travel and enjoyed several trips to Europe and the Mediterranean. She was also an avid cruise enthusiast and would go just about anywhere with her sister-in-law Helene Nistico and best friend, Lorraine. And never said no to a trip to the casino, or dinners out. Her door was always open, and she would remind you frequently that "You don't need an invitation" to stop by for coffee and a visit. She challenged her mind by playing word searches, Gin Rummy, and spending time in the garden. But more than anything, Jennie, or "Granny" as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren and great-grands, valued family above all. She could never do too much for her family and was perceived as the consummate "giving tree". Jennie is predeceased by her parents and six siblings, Pauline (Bottone), Lily (Bottone), Rose (Pascarelli), Joseph, Louis, and Frank Nistico. She is survived by her three children, Darlene Pianka (Stephen), Dominick Caiati (Erin), and Lorenzo Caiati, her seven grandchildren, Milissa Malloy (Matthew), Lauren Flory (Richard), Lorenzo Caiati Jr, Kayla, Nicole, and Victoria Caiati, and Jack McElreath, and five great-grandchildren, Connor, Bryce, Parker, Brynn, and Luke, whom she loved and adored. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Friday May 19, 2023 meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave. Westport, CT at 10:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery 395 Main St. Westport, CT. The Harding Funeral Home in Westport, CT is assisting the family with the arrangements.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jennie Caiati, please visit Tribute Store
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, May 19, 2023
395 Main Street
Westport, Connecticut, United States
Section 12, Row 9, Grave No. 18
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