February 28, 1992 - December 11, 2016
Groton- Joseph “Jo Jo Nice” Gingerella died tragically Sunday December 11, 2016 at the young age of 24. Joey died a hero selflessly helping someone in need. Joey was loved by so many people. He had a special gift to light up a room with his Large, bright smile and infectious humor. Joey lived and breathed baseball and participated in many softball teams and tournaments. Joey loved all animals and was always trying to bring a new pet home. He loved his dog “Kymani” who spent many nights sleeping by his side.
Born February 28, 1992, Joey left behind his dedicated and loving parents, Tammy and Joseph de la Cruz whom he resided with and his father Frank and Kristen Gingerella of Rhode Island and Joey’s only sister Kayla Gingerella who loved him so much that she would do anything to protect him. He was also survived by His Grandparents, Kenneth Johnson of Groton, Deborah de la Cruz and Jay Mingrone of Quaker Hill, Gabriel and Nancy de la Cruz of Montville, Helen and Nick Duane of Rhode Island, and Thomas and Jane Gingerella of Montville. Joey had many Aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends he called family. Joey was very proud of being the Godfather to Aericka Sierra. In addition to so many he is leaving behind, his heart belonged to his first true love Heather Emerich. Joey was predeceased by his Grandmother, Kathleen Johnson. Joey had a special bond with his grandmother and till the time of his death missed her deeply.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Fitch High School at 101 Groton Long Point Rd in Groton, CT. All guests are being asked to arrive by 1:00 p.m. to greet the procession at the front entrance of the school. Guests will be able to pay their respects immediately following the service. Joey’s proudest moments of his life were spent at Fitch High. First as a student, athlete and then as an advocate to spread awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs. Joey’s legacy will live on through his family and Community Speaks Out. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in honor of Joseph Gingerella to Community Speaks Out, Inc . P.0. Box 541 Groton, CT 06340 or donations can be made online on communityspeaksout.org. In addition donations can also be made to ‘The Joseph Gingerella Fitch Baseball Scholarship Fund to 95 Corey Rd Groton, CT 06340. Byles Groton Memorial Home 310 Thames Street in Groton is handling the arrangements.