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Giovanna “Jennie” (Netti) Coppola

May 29, 2020

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Giovanna "Jennie" (Netti) Coppola, 88, of Auburn, NY passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, May 29, 2020 .  Jennie was born in Auburn, NY on August 21, 1931, the daughter of Dominic and Vita Maria Netti. She lived a few years during her youth in Sammichele di Bari, Italy but spent most of her life in Auburn, NY.  Jennie met her husband, James F. Coppola, of Watertown, NY and they married in 1953.  Together they raised 7 children who often said that mom had a "one-way ticket to heaven". 

Jennie enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and getting together for Dinners and Holidays with her large family.  She will be remembered for her many recipes that have been passed on to her children and for her amazing Italian Christmas Cookies.  Jennie made a point of keeping in contact with her family in Italy and was fortunate enough to travel on various occasions to visit her overseas family.  Jennie (known as Mama to her grandchildren) will be sadly missed for her kind and gentle nature.  

She is survived by her 7 children who were her love, pride and joy:  Linda Coppola of Greensboro, NC; MaryAnn (Richard) Anderson of Auburn, NY, Lorraine (Michael Kessel) Coppola of Auburn, NY; James (Maureen) Coppola of Auburn, NY; Michael (Sabina) Coppola of Bloomfied Hills, MI; David (Shawna) Coppola of Madbury, NH and Janine (David) Kniola of Blacksburg, VA; 18 grandchildren: Daniel Donovan, Heather Hogan, Patrick Donovan, Jason Anderson, Craig Anderson, Derek Anderson, Justin Coppola, Alicia Schermer, Nicholas Coppola, Stephanie Lamson, Marissa Jennie Coppola, Kristen Coppola, Jenna Coppola, Natalie Coppola, Gianna Coppola, Sydney Coppola, Emerson Giovanna Kniola, and Evan Kniola;  step-grandchildren: Michael Brannigan, James Kessel, Dorothy Kessel and Bradley Saunders along with all of their spouses and significant others;  5 great-grandchildren:  Eleanor Ananda Hogan, James Kiran Hogan, Kentley Margaret Hogan, Quinn Giovanna Lamson and Emmy James Anderson. She is also survived by her brother Pasquale (Nancy) Netti; her sisters-in-law Brenda Kirwan, MaryJane Guthrie, Marsha Coppola, Shirley Netti and brother-in-law Wilfred Varno; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews as well as her extended family in Italy. 

In addition to her parents, Jennie was predeceased by her husband James F. Coppola; brothers Anthony Netti and Nicholas Netti, as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and a nephew. 

Due to current restrictions, a private burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery at the convenience of family. Arrangements are by the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., 1778 Clark St. Rd., Auburn. 

Contributions may be made in memory of Jennie to Hospice of the Finger Lakes, 1130 Corporate Dr., Auburn, NY 13021.  The family would like to thank Hospice, with a special thank you to Norma, who has shown nothing but kindness and compassion.  In addition, the family would also like to thank Dr. Cassandra Archer, and a most special thank you to Patty Catalfano Stoddard for her wonderful love and care shown to our mom during this time  Patty has been our special Angel on Earth.

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