Giovanna Gelso
Giovanna Gelso
  • September 18, 1925 - November 23, 2016
  • Greenbrier, Arkansas

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Giovanna Gelso, 91, of Conway came to her final rest on November 23, 2016. She was born in Italy on September 18, 1925 to Giovanni and Orsola Coticchio of Vallelunga, Sicily. Giovanna is survived by her daughter Marie-Elise Lambert and son-in-law Scott Lambert of Conway, two sisters in Italy, Ida and Flora, as well as many nephews and nieces in Italy and New York. Predeceased by her son Russell (Sal) Gelso and granddaughter Adrienne Gelso, first and second husband, three sisters and one brother in Italy, plus one sister in Jamestown, NY.

Dubbed a “prayer horse” by her family in NY, Giovanna was a faithful parishioner of St. James Church in Jamestown, where she resided until she joined her daughter (Marie-Elise Gelso) in Conway in 2010. She will be laid to rest in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York, where the other close family members are interred.

Gia, as she was known to her loving caregivers of the past 2 years, adopted and was adopted by the family at Seeds of Love in Greenbrier. Her daughter is very grateful for their love and care.

The family will have a memorial service in Conway at a later date. Please share your memories of Giovanna at