2013-08-29 / Obituaries

WW II Vet George Gisondi Passes Away

Eric Gross

World War II Navy veteran George Gisondi has passed away at the age of 86.

Gisondi, who died Sunday, was one of the first tenants of the Vincent Leibell Veterans Home in Carmel, where he resided for the past 13 years.

Putnam Veterans Director Karl Rohde remembered Gisondi Monday as a “real good guy who was always supportive of veterans, their needs and concerns. I’ll always remember George sitting in his chair at the entrance to the home smoking a pipe. Another member of the Greatest Generation is gone.”

On Wednesday afternoon, long time friend John McArdle recalled Gisondi’s final moments. McArdle and his wife, Barbara, were with the Purple Heart recipient as the trio watched the New York Yankees on a television screen.

McArdle said “George was a beloved Yankees fan and if there was a perfect ending to an American hero’s life it came during the 7th inning stretch, when Kate Smith sang God Bless America. George listened to the patriotic song and as it concluded he closed his eyes, took his final breath and is now waving Old Glory with the angels.”

Friends and family gathered at the Cargain Funeral Home in Carmel Wednesday for a wake, while a funeral mass takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church in Carmel.

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