Mrs. Dianne Giovanetti, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday evening November 15th, 2019 at her home in Oxford Greens, Oxford, CT. She was the loving wife of David F. Giovanetti.
Dianne was born on September 24, 1946, in Holly Springs, MS, the daughter of George Hugh Freeman and Anne Dandridge. She is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, David Giovanetti, and two daughters Georgia (and Scott McDermott) of West Hartford, CT and Angelina (and Michael McClain) of Oxford, CT. Dianne also leaves four beloved grandchildren, Dillon James, Matthew David, Lila Rose and Lucia Elizabeth. She is also survived by her step-father Lucien Leon Parks II of Southaven MS, and siblings Patricia Freeman Caldwell of Franklin TN, Kathleen Parks Greenway of Germantown TN and Lucien Leon Parks III of Nashville TN.
Dianne started high school in Senatobia MS and graduated from Oak Haven High School in Memphis TN. She valued education and went on to attend and graduate from Memphis State with a degree in history and education. Dianne began teaching in the Memphis Public School System after graduation, and it was there that she tried to instill a value for education in her students.
Dianne decided to change her path when she moved to New Orleans LA to be a flight attendant with Delta Airlines. Traveling had always made her happy and being a flight attendant allowed her to see the world. While in New Orleans, Dianne reconnected with a college friend, David Giovanetti, and he became her true and abiding love. The two were married at the Monastery of St. Clare in Memphis TN, and their wedding was the first ever at the Monastery. The young couple began their journey together to Columbia SC, where she fulfilled her dream of building a family with her husband, securing their first home, and giving birth to their first daughter, Georgia Freeman.
Dianne’s next travel stop was to Cincinnati OH where they completed their family with the birth of Angelina Elizabeth. Their four years in Cincinnati rekindled Dianne’s love of baseball, and Dianne followed the Cincinnati Reds through their World Series wins of 1975-1976. As Dianne and David continued to travel and move for job opportunities, their next home was in Chicago IL where this southern belle and her family were introduced to record-breaking winter snow in 1979. The family’s final corporate move with Union Carbide took David to New York, NY and landed them in their family home in Newtown CT where they raised the girls according to Dianne’s value of love.
When the girls were grown, Dianne and David answered the call to return to Memphis for a few years and spend time with her southern family. This time was happily spent, but Connecticut was calling Dianne and David back so they can spend time with their grandchildren. Dianne’s final stop on her life’s journey was to Oxford CT where she spent the last nine years watching her grandchildren grow alongside beautiful flowers and gorgeous sunsets. With her husband David forever by her side, she continued her life’s goals of fine-tuning her family, instilling her inherited values of love, forgiveness, education, and knowing that happiness is a choice.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Road (Rte. 67) Oxford, CT at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 21, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ct. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The family does ask that no flowers be sent to the church.
Munson Lovetere Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com
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