Obituary of Carmen Giusto

June 9, 2021

Carmen Giusto, age 74 years, passed away on June 9th 2021, in Jupiter, Florida from complications associated with COVID-19. Carmen was born on December 15th, 1946 in Brooklyn New York to Jospehine Liccardolo Perillo and Raphael William Perillo. She married Louis Anthony Giusto in February 1968, who preceded her in death in 2015.

Carmen was a lover of life, a constant friend to multitudes, and the best mother, wife and Nona. She radiated warmth, and was a support to friends, family and strangers alike. Her door was always open, and her table always had a seat for anyone who wanted to join. Everyone who had the privilege to know her benefited from her spark of love and joy. She made life, and the world, better for everyone she encountered.

Carmen was a lifelong educator. A Saint John's University Alumna, she was the first in her family to attend and graduate college. She was passionate about early childhood education and touched the lives of countless children and their families. Her career began as a teacher in public schools and over many years she used her talents in multiple early childhood education settings. She later received her master's degree from the Bankstreet College of Education. She retired at least twice, only to return to her love of working with children and families. During her career, she mentored many new teachers, who became lifelong friends. She was a sounding board, a support and a cheerleader for many young people entering the field of education.

Carmen was an avid traveler and had checked off many bucket list locations in recent years. She traveled to Botswana, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador and China to name a few. She had trips planned to the Maldives, and Iceland for this coming year.

Carmen loved animals and strove to care for our environment. She spoke up and showed up for the causes she believed in. She volunteered for many causes throughout her life, and particularly enjoyed her time as a volunteer educator at the Bronx Zoo.

Carmen is survived by her daughter, Nicole Joy Giusto, whom she supported and loved with all her heart, her son-in-law, David Arthur Sinclair Jr., her grandchildren Josephine Sinclair, Theodore Sinclair and Silvia Sinclair, her brother William Perillo, his wife Martha Perillo, and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.

A memorial service will be held for Carmen on July 2, 2-4PM and 6-8PM at the Crestwood Funeral Home in New York City, NY. A funeral mass will be held at the Church of St. Thomas More July 3rd at 10AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy in Carmen's name.

Funeral Services

Memorial Service

July 2, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

July 2, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Crestwood Funeral Home

445 West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

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Funeral Mass

July 3, 2021

10:00 AM

St. Thomas More's Church

65 E. 89th St.

New York, NY 10128

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Darling Nicole,

Your mother was the definition of the life well lived. The world benefited from her joy in living and is a sadder place now that her light is extinguished.

You and your children will grow in love and joy inspired by your mother's example.

We send you and your family our deepest condolences and wish you peace and serenity in all the years to come.


Mary Wademan

Posted by: Mary Wademan - Newtown, PA - June 30, 2021

To Carmen's Family,

I knew Carmen as part of the Children First company. Carmen was a consummate professional. She loved children, the work, and her colleagues. She made the work seem less like work. The world has been a better place for Carmen having been here.

With deep sympathy and love,
Joey Gustafson

Posted by: Joey Gustafson - Manchester by the Sea, MA - June 30, 2021

I knew Carmen when we were teenagers working at the Seaview pool in Canarsie. I remember the joy and love in her home, her parents and brother. Carmen's smile in this photo, so beautiful, is the same as from all the years past, and reminds me particularly of a day that she was in a fashion show. I don't know what prompted me to look for her online yesterday. The loving comments describe the same young person that I knew so long ago. She was a friend that I would have loved to keep forever.

Posted by: Janie Kaplan - Alexandria, VA - September 29, 2021