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“Joann was a true friend with a big heart, a big smile and an unforgettable infectious laugh. May she rest in peace. I will miss her. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Leslie Mintzer - New York, NY

“The loss is immeasurable but so is the Love left behind. Our deepest condolences go out to her family.Christina and August ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: christina kruse - New York, NY

“Joann was a dear and loyal friend, even after I left New York. She was kind, generous and faithful, and loved her family so much. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Jill Lamar - Philadelphia, PA

“Sending our condolences. She was a great friend from church who always welcomed us and talked to us to see how we were doing. She will be greatly...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Dorothy Leung - New York, NY

“Our family is deeply saddened by Joann'a passing. We all loved her so much. She was a breath of fresh air, and truly one of the kindest people I have...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Christi Wood - rye, NY - Friend

“Rest In Peace Joanne, and May you look over Jake always. It was a joy to know you. I am so sad you are gone. You are remembered for your kind and...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Nef Vernon - Brooklyn, NY

“I met Joann at church and she was part of the Angels in Action going to Rockefeller Center dressed as angels giving out gift so to children & the...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Angela Ponte - Brooklyn, NY

“Joann, you were full of the spirit of life, and the kindest, most compassionate person on this earth. I will never forget you, and will always...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Ellen Vreeland - NJ

“Are there any special organizations that Joann would like donations be sent in her name ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Brenda Vaccarino - Staten Island, NY

“The most beautiful thing about Mrs. Riggio was how much she cared for everyone around her. She will truly be missed. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Harper - NORTH BERGEN, NJ

“Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who loved Joanne. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Scott and Cami. Gunther - Montauk, NY

“Jimi will be so happy to be with you again. Together you can watch Jake as he makes his journey and guide him. You were the closest cousin in age...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Adams - Orlando, FL

“This beautiful statue is in Ukraine. I am sad you are gone. But I take great joy in knowing Jimmy will be welcoming you into Heaven to dance with him...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Erin R. Johnson

“This beautiful statue is in Ukraine. I am sad you are gone. But I take great joy in knowing Jimmy will be welcoming you into Heaven to dance with him...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Erin Johnson - Rockford, IL

“This beautiful statue is in Ukraine. I am sad you are gone. But I take great joy in knowing Jimmy will be welcoming you into Heaven to dance with him...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Erin Ragan Johnson - Friend


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Joann Garcia Riggio died July 29, 2021 in New York, New York.

Joann was born February 26, 1961, in Denver, Colorado to Gene and Georgia Garcia. She moved to New York in her early 20s, always keeping close contact with her family in Denver. In New York, she met, and later married, Vincent "Jimi" Riggio. Joann and Jimi were blessed with son, Jake Riggio. Jake was the center of their lives.

She was an active member of her church and her community. Joann had a beautiful smile and words of encouragement for everyone. She loved people, and people loved her. Always willing to help, Joann developed many life long friendships. She could easily start a conversation with people from all walks of life and always left the other person feeling like they were the most important person in the world.

Joann loved to spend time with family and friends. She enjoyed summers in the Hamptons. Holidays were always a big affair filled with balloons and color. Joann and Jimi loved to travel, often with family and friends--Christmases in the Caribbean, trips to Hawaii, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as other places.

She is survived by son, Jake, sisters Rise, Mimi and Connie, brothers Marty and Robert, brother and sister in-laws Len and Louise, and Steve and Laura. Joann has many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who will miss her dearly.

Preceded in death by husband Jimi, father Gene, mother Georgia, stepmother Eleanor, mother-in-law Lena, brother Jerry, brother Steve, and sister Kathy.