Gustave Leon Gonnella

May 13, 1936March 12, 2021

Gustave Leon Gonnella, beloved husband of 60 years to his wife, Mafalda “Gigi” Gonnella, passed away at his home on Friday, March 12, 2021 surrounded by his loving family and beloved dog Chico.

Born in Staten Island, NY on May 13, 1936, he was the only son of Silvio and Victoria Gonnella and has two sisters, Silvia and Nancy. Gus was in the United States Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War. After 28 years of service, he retired at the highest enlisted rank; Chief Master Sergeant. He then worked for the United States Postal Service for 25 years.

In addition to his loving wife, Gus leaves behind four children, Victoria (David) Cox, Carmela Monahan, Natalina (Glen) Becker, and Stanley (Kristi) Gonnella; eight grandchildren, Taylor (Elliott), Aubrey (Chase), Victoria (Trevor), Nikolas, Brianna, Daniel, Julia, and Thomas; three great grandchildren, Grae, Isla, and Emerlyn; two sisters, Silvia Chiofalo and Nancy Jack (Phil); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Gus was a proud supporter of several local charities to include Disabled Vets of America, Three Square, and Paralyzed Vets of Nevada. His proudest accomplishment was his family, and he enjoyed having weekly Sunday dinners. Gus loved music and dancing, and even had his children convinced that he was one of The Beach Boys. Over the years, many people have come into their home as friends, and left as family.

The funeral arrangements are being held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.


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Tonya Plumb

April 8, 2021

The Gonnella family was a big part of my teen years as an Air Force Brat growing up in England. They lived right across the street. Their house was always full of happiness and laughter. Mr. Gonnella was a big personality who loved his family and friends so much! I have so many fond memories. Among them was laughing and enjoying a cup of tea with rich tea biscuits around their kitchen table on many occasions.
Rest in peace Mr. Gonnella.

Michelle Simmons

April 7, 2021

Mr Gonnella was a part of my teen years. I lived across the street and went to High school with Vicki and Carmella, Nat & Stan were the younger siblings ❤. School mornings were made better by Mrs Gonnellas pancakes and Mr. G would let us have wine with dinner on Sundays!! The house was always FULL of love and life . Thanks for all the rides back & forth. You were and are a great Dad. Rest in peace. 🌷

Michael ( Tony ) Hunt

April 7, 2021

I Remember Mr. Gonnella When Him & My Father Were Stationed In England Back In 1977- 1980. I Harley Saw Him ( being in my teens ) Went 2School With His Kids. We Lived Across The Street From Each Other. But What I Do Remember. Was That Great Smile. Mr. Gonnella & Family Will Always Be In My Heart & Life. Be Blessed. Much Love.

Kim Smith

April 6, 2021

So many memories and stories to share all thanks to this wonderful human being and his incredible family who allowed my family to become part of theirs!
Sunday dinners in a dining room full of music, laughter, loudness, fantastic food and wine and most importantly a large family that loves each other so very much!
A favorite was always the classic ending of a great Sunday when we would all hear “You ready babes”?
Terribly missed and forever loved and in our hearts