ForeverMissed

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Emily C. Griffo Navatta, 89, has been called to eternal rest among her late husband Dominick, and youngest son, Kenneth. Emily, a vivacious and loving woman who touched the lives of everyone she encountered, had the power to light up a room with her smile and wonderful sense of humor.

Born in Manhattan, NY, Emily met and married her high school sweetheart, Dominick, and had 3 wonderful children: Rochelle, James, and Kenneth. Emily gave 30+ years of service to the Holy Trinity Rectory, where she was a faithful patron of Holy Trinity Parish until her move to Wilmington, NC in 2016. Emily adored her family and friends, thoroughly enjoyed movies, playing BINGO and card games, and simply lived in the moment every day.

Emily leaves her legacy with her darling children: Rochelle and James; son-in-law: Michael; daughters-in-law: Sharon and Laura; her beloved grandchildren: Colin, Dominique, Dayna, Sean, and Jesse; her grandson-in-law: David; her treasured great-grandchildren: Miles, Ruby, Andre, and Cruz; and loving extended family and friends. We will all cherish the many memories Emily has bestowed upon us, and she will be deeply missed.

Visitation sessions will be held at Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home 10-25 150 Street Whitestone, NY 11357 on Saturday, April 20 from 5p-10p; Sunday, April 21 from 2p-4p & 7p-10p; and Monday, April 22 from 9a-10a. Services will be held at Holy Trinity Church 14-51 143rd St, Whitestone, NY 11357 on Monday, April 22 at 10:45a. Interment will follow at St. Raymond's Cemetery 2600 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10465.

Posted by Sharon Tilove-Navatta on May 17, 2020
Wishing you a happy 91st birthday in heaven, surrounded by all our other loved ones who are with you on the other side!
Posted by Maureen Abbate on May 16, 2019
So glad to have known Emily. I'll miss our "talks" and wine time. Thanks for raising such a beautiful soul - Rochelle. Your light willl live on within her.
Posted by Michael Igoe on May 16, 2019
Sending balloons to wish you a Happy 1st Birthday in heaven Mom. Know you're celebrating with Dad, Kenneth, all our relatives and your friends, but so selfish of me to wish you were here to celebrate "90" wonderful years of you with me.
Always in my heart & missing you so.
Love you Mom,
Rochelle
PS I'll have a Martini toast to your 90th birthday tonight!
Posted by Dominique Igoe on May 16, 2019
Happy birthday grandma! Missing you so much
Posted by Sharon Tilove-Navatta on May 16, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR EMILY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN TO YOU!!!
THINKING OF YOU TODAY AND EVERY DAY, WITH LOVE!
SHARON
Posted by Mary Lacertosa on April 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Emily Navatta
Posted by Dominique Igoe on April 21, 2019
If you knew our Mother
You Knew:
She was warm and welcoming (candy dishes in waiting)
Family always came first (Staten Island by ferry, South Hempstead by Southern State)
She was obligated to be strong and courageous but she always had it in her.
She loved wine or martinis at dinner and those rosy cheeks always gave it away
There could never be too many stuffed animals, decorations or wreaths organized by season.
She just “expected” a call and oftentimes a visit
She cherished life and wanted family and friends to share that gift with her
To blame the mail, never Emily, if the birthday card didn’t arrive before your birthday
Not to try to reach her by phone while she played cards or bingo or was watching “Dancing with the Stars”
She started her day by challenging herself with the word jumble and relished shopping at River Pottery
Friday was beauty parlor and Sunday nails.
A classy lady with matched clothes and jewelry worn with self pride
At times she could be “Parish Secretary” demanding and impatient. Her loving and giving so outweighed it
She was smart, organized and independent while managing to be the best mom, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and loyal friend
She was the heartbeat of our family and will always remain our Amazing Grace.
If you knew our mother Emily
You knew Love.
Love,
Rochelle, James, Michael, Sharon and Laura
Posted by Dorothy Bodoff on April 20, 2019
Dear Rochelle and Jimmy - My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. Emily was my best and dearest friend. I am going to miss her so much. In place of flowers I plan to make a donation to St. Jude’s in her memory. Much love, Dotty
Posted by Susan Castano on April 20, 2019
We were so saddened to hear of dear Emily’s passing. We have many fond memories of her that we spent with Navatta family. We send our deepest sympathy to the family.....Jim, Sharon, Rochelle, Michael, Dayna, Jesse, and all the others. Much love to all of you at this difficult time.
Keppler and Susan Castano

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Posted by Sharon Tilove-Navatta on May 17, 2020
Wishing you a happy 91st birthday in heaven, surrounded by all our other loved ones who are with you on the other side!
Posted by Maureen Abbate on May 16, 2019
So glad to have known Emily. I'll miss our "talks" and wine time. Thanks for raising such a beautiful soul - Rochelle. Your light willl live on within her.
Posted by Michael Igoe on May 16, 2019
Sending balloons to wish you a Happy 1st Birthday in heaven Mom. Know you're celebrating with Dad, Kenneth, all our relatives and your friends, but so selfish of me to wish you were here to celebrate "90" wonderful years of you with me.
Always in my heart & missing you so.
Love you Mom,
Rochelle
PS I'll have a Martini toast to your 90th birthday tonight!
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A remarkable life.

Shared by Michael Igoe on April 12, 2020
Dearest Emily,
How did you ever do it? Times were so different.Men were the bread providers while women did just about everything else,unrecognized.How could you have envisioned a time when Dom would not be there to write the checks and take you to the grocery store.I'm sure there was extreme fear but you had the inner strength and did what had to be done.Three young children and a household to manage. And manage you did. I always loved your daughter and was fortunate to fall back into her life and to participate in "your" family.You set standards (sometimes not so subtle) and they were right. I know they were right because everyone and I mean everyone respected you for being you.I don't think there was anyone coaching you to be confident,but it evolved quickly and manifested itself in your personal pride. You always took good care of yourself and yet managed to give so much to the family. Never did I see you hesitate to send a gift or scrimp on lobster for Christmas eve..It baffled me how you could so adroitly manage your financial life.I so admired your discipline and organizational strengths. It is work to stay connected and you did it because it was your role.You define matriarch. I thank you for our many personal conversations but most importantly for giving me the daughter that is so much you in many ways.Everyday is an anniversary of missing you.

My Emily

Shared by Mary Lacertosa on April 30, 2019

Emily was so sweet

I miss you mom

Shared by Dominique Igoe on April 21, 2019

I thought of you with love today,

but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday,

and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name.

All I have are memories,

and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake,

with which I’ll never part.

God has you in his keeping,

I have you in my heart.

-unknown 

Your loving daughter,

Rochell