I am the widow of a gentle man who always had a smile on his face; was the jokester in any group, and was an exceptional dad and husband. Cesar 'Cesfresh' Pena was the life of any party, and he treated everyone and anyone with such kindness whether he knew the person for many years or just met them briefly. Losing him was shocking, painful and disheartening to everyone who knew him because he made such an impact in the lives of so many.
My children and I wanted to be able to do right by Ces in celebrating his life, while mourning his absence. Sounds bizarre but it really isn't. Steve, and other members of Giordano Funeral Home helped us carry Ces' kindred spirit by preparing our beloved in his favorite team's pinstripe jersey, (NY METS); by displaying other favorite jerseys and hoodies he often wore, and they arranged the flowers along with the lighting which illuminated the room helping family and friends to not feel the overwhelming sadness of losing our beloved, but again, to celebrate him as if he were still with us. The wake was not as services in other funeral homes I have attended in my lifetime. Steve made us feel as if he had known our Ces as well, and knew exactly what the ambience should be like for the viewing.... He made it happen...
Most surprisingly, was Steve playing 80s freestyle loudly in the hearse while driving and stopping at our childhood block in the South Bronx and until we waved goodbye at Benedict Avenue where our beloved saw his last sunset. Listening to the music Steve played had a dominoe effect where many of the cars in the procession felt liberated to do the same. The music playing out of the hearse definitely made us feel Ces' spirit was with us. And although he will be forever missed, our memory of how we were able to say our goodbyes to him enlightened by the music he used to DJ to.... well, we couldn't have asked for a better way to send him off to paradise until we see one another again.
With so much appreciation and gratitude - A TRIBE CALLED PENA
I am the widow of a gentle man who always had a smile on his face; was the jokester in any group, and was an exceptional dad. Cesfresh was the life of any party, and he treated everyone and anyone with such kindness whether he knew the person for many years or just met them briefly. Losing him was shocking, painful and disheartening to anyone who knew him because he made such an impact in the lives of so many. My children and I wanted to be able to do right by Ces in celebrating his life, while mourning his absence.
It has been several weeks since my brother, Retired NYPD Police Officer, Luis Santiago Jr., was taken prematurely from my sister, Deborah, and me on September 3, 2021. My sister and I cannot be more grateful to the staff of the Ralph Giordano Funeral Home. They are the consummate professionals. They are kind, attentive, compassionate, caring, understanding and so very wonderful. Ralph, Steve, Jeannie and the pallbearers are folks beyond compare. I must especially commend Steve and Jeannie for going above and beyond their responsibilities. My sister and I highly recommend the Ralph Giordano Funeral Home to everyone. You will not be disappointed. These folks are true gems.
The loss of my father was a moment we will never forget. Having never done anything like this before, we felt so lost with where to begin. I randomly picked Ralph Giordano Funeral Home from a Google search and I can’t say enough how grateful I am that I did. Steve was the best from start to finish. Guided us through a very hard time with compassion and patience. Offered so much help and answered every question honestly and gave really great advice helping us with our decisions. This is not an easy business to be a part of as everyone you come across is grieving a loss but Ralph Giordano Funeral Home is the very best you could find. Thank you a million more times.
In the toughest of moments, I was lost, in despair without a clue on how to proceed in life as I suffered my first loss and that loss was involving the most important person in my life, luckily I found Ralph Funeral Home who were relentless in guiding me to provide my most loved one in this world to their proper rest. The loss was so difficult but thanks to the work of Ralph Funeral Home I felt some sort of ease after they worked their magic. Ralph Funeral, I thank you as dark days have been partially brightened due to the resilience of your work. Thank you so much to all that helped me Jeannie, Stavros, Jerry, Steve. ❤️
Such a terrific group of people who go above and beyond to assist you during a difficult time! I contacted Giordano's after my aunt passed away and they handled everything just as we requested. Steve responded to all requests and questions immediately in a most professional and sympathetic fashion
I am forever grateful to come across Ralph Giordano Funeral home. I contacted Ralph Giordano Funeral Home in regards to a disintermet and spoke to Steve. Mind you I live in Florida, he was AMAZING from start to finish. Steve would follow up with me, he was genuine, caring and professional. My family and I thank you very much for all you have done.
Wonderful people. Very kind and professional. My Aunt passed away and they took care of everything. I appreciate everything they did. Thank you so much for your kindness
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Ralph, Jeannie, Steve and Jerry for the care, compassion and kindness they showed to us as we made arrangements for the wake, Mass and entombment of my mother-in-law. They were very understanding, quick and thorough in responding to our requests and questions. In death, my mother-in-law was shown the same grace and dignity that she exhibited throughout her lifetime. We will forever be grateful for the time and attention that was given to our family at a very difficult time in our lives. Thank you
In today's world of covid with not being able to touch loved ones I can truly state I was touched by the warmth and professionalism that Steve Jeannie and Ralph gave to me at a dark time in my life. The business they are in needs the compassion that was provided.
Thank you again!
From my first phone call to Steve about my mother’s impending death, my family received the utmost care and attention. Steve made himself readily available at all hours and was compassionate and detail oriented. His team were gracious hosts to our family and helped us navigate a dignified ceremony for my mom. In addition the facility was clean and followed Covid protocols. We are truly grateful for the manner in which we were treated during our most sorrowful time. The Figueroa Family
Wonderful and caring people at Giordano Funeral Home. Years ago, I adopted two children. I helped out with the fundraisers for the adoption group that helped me. There was never a hesitation for them to help out. All my family members are familiar with Giordano Funeral Home!
Dear Jeannie, Please pass on our thanks and appreciation for all the support and compassion shown to our family by the staff at Giordano’s The video was beautiful and the attention we received from Steve, Jerry and Michael was truly appreciated.
Sincerely Nick & Jill Patrissi
We are forever grateful for the way the staff treated us with such care and concern. We were going through a difficult time losing our twin boys, and the care and comfort we received was beyond measure. Jeannie was so compassionate and warm whenever we stopped by or called her on the phone. Ralph Giordano was efficient with helping us get preparations done in a sensitive way. Starvos Dimopoulos was always caring and considerate. He ensured us that everything would be taken care of, and we saw the care and detail in everything that was done. We cannot thank each of you enough. We are forever grateful.
Steve and Jeannie thank you so much for your care and compassion as we planned my Uncles funeral. You both went above and beyond to address all of our concerns and make this day special to celebrate our Uncle. Our family thanks you for making this difficult time a little easier. Vincent, Cathy and the entire Basilicata Family
I am beyond grateful to Mr Stavros Dimopoulos for helping ease our concerns & decision making. He was a source of calm & comfort during one of our most difficult time n our lives. I will always be grateful to Mr Dimopoulos and his assistant Jerry for the compassion they showed. I recommend Ralph Giordano Funeral Home to anyone who has lost a loved one.
I want to thank your staff for being so diligent and professional, you guys took great care of my dad, it was perfect. You guys are amazing and caring and my family couldn’t have been more satisfied. Thank you for making a difficult time not so difficult.
I want to thank you guys so much , for taking the care of my mother. They made her look so beautiful. She looked as she was sleeping. You guys have great service. All employees were so welcoming and understanding. I want to thank Stavros the most , you were awesome. Always kept me updated. Once again thank you so much for the service.
so very sorry for your loss and may God accept him into his Kingdom of Heaven
Thank you ALL for making my father, Joseph Iarusso, wake and funeral so easy and comfortable. We did not have to think of anything......and all was taken care of!
I must express my gratitude for your services during this difficult time. You ,Jeannie and the staff were so helpful to me and Peter during this difficult time. Your professional, but caring ways, were a great comfort to me as well. Catherine Corrado-Lodi
At a time when my family and I were at the worst place in our lives, these people were truly phenomenal. I'll start by saying we went to several funeral homes. I refuse to even mention the names of the establishments as not to bring them any advertisement. Every other place we visited the people were business minded, arrogant and had no compassion, not to mention that EVERY place we went was shabby and smelly. This was the 2nd to last place we visited. After the last visit we immediately went back and made arrangements here. Steve, the funeral director was a godsend. Jenny the office manager was incredibly attentive. Ralph, who I'm not sure of his role was so caring. They all made sure we were comfortable and made this process so much easier. They took care of every little detail. The establishment was clean and comfortable. I want to take this moment and thank all of you for your attentiveness in our time of need.
1/3/2019 Aunt Grace (Jean) Caldarera You inspired all of us alive and deceased. Joe Anne Petrone, Annette Petrone Clemente, Donald Clemente, Antoinette Pippolo Amobile, Tony Amobile, Joe, Amily and many others: friends and neighbors. Rest in peace Aunt Jean!
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