Giovanna Buono

Jun 25, 1930 – Jul 3, 2014

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Giovanna was born in Taurasi, province of Avellino, Italy to Concetta and Carmine Martiniello on June

25, 1930. Passed away peacefully with family supporting her on July 3, 2014 in Highline, Washington of metastatic breast cancer. Giovanna immigrated from Italy to join her brother Alfred and parents in Seattle in the mid 1950’s. She met and married Nico in 1958 and enjoyed 50 years together until Nico passed in 2008. They lived on Capitol Hill together and started a home and family with daughter Grace and son Domenico. The family moved to Burien in 1965 and Mom became known for her "farm" in the back yard, producing corn, peas, figs, hazelnuts, tomatoes(which she did not eat) and of course fava beans. Giovanna had a large heart and was happiest when she was able to share the products of the garden and the magic that came out of her kitchen, including homemade bread, ravioli, pizza, lasagna, "panzerotte" and of course the bounty of Italian Christmas goodies.

 She enjoyed going to Mexico and other places with the family and liked to wade into the surf,shop for treasures to give away and raise a strawberry margarita to toast her friends.Her laughter brought joy to us all.

She is survived by her children and their spouses,Grace and Joel,and Domenic and Molly. Sisters Antoinetta and Lina remained in Itay. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Alfredo, Ernesto and Dionesio.     

Remembrances to the charity of your choice.





Frank Leyritz
Burien , WA
Jul 8, 2014

I have lived next door to Giovanna, Nico, Grace, and Domenico since I bought my house in 1971.

Since my Dad grew up in a predominantly Italian neighborhood and kept ties all his life with his Italian neighbors and friends I found a great deal of comfort with Nico and Giovanna just next door. Enjoyed Nico’s wine and his tales of Italy and South America. Giovanna great Italian food brought back fond memories of when I was a kid and my Dad often visited the old neighborhood (“making the rounds” as my Dad called it and all the Mothers of my Dads friends took me into their kitchen (like Giovanna did) and treated me to food just like I was in Tuscany.

Nico had a great old country philosophy about life that I always listened intently to. I have benefited a lot from his wisdom such Cosi è la vita. I do not speak Italian well so I use the French version C'est la vie. Also having a celebratory glass of wine in the Buono’s kitchen was always started with Nico wishing everyone around the table ”Salute”.

I loved the photos in the guestbook.

I will never forget Nico and Giovanna, they will always remain in my heart.

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