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Silvio Gagliardi

April 24, 2019


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Silvio Gagliardi

April 24, 2019


Silvio Gagliardi passed away peacefully on the morning of April 24, 2019 in the comfort of his family. Born September 9, 1944 in Aprigliano, Italy to Palma and Pasquale Gagliardi, he immigrated to America with nothing more than the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. He worked hard to become an American citizen and that achievement was a very proud moment in his life. Over the years, Silvio built a successful local business, Cosenza’s Italian Restaurant, which was housed in locations on both South Main and Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and eventually a third in Bear Creek Township. His businesses were always more than a place to eat, it was a home that fostered laughter, conversation, and friendship. In addition, he was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus with Council 10571 of St Elizabeth Church in Bear Creek. Silvio will always be remembered as a hardworking man full of charisma, honor, and kindness. But most importantly, Silvio’s true passion was being surrounded by family and his good friends. In his retirement, Silvio enjoyed watching Nascar and Formula 1 racing and visiting upstate New York, along with enjoying a meal, Lemon Italian Ice and playing card games with his grandchildren. In the winters, Silvio looked forward to the beaches on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Silvio always had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He will be missed by all and certainly not forgotten.


He is preceded in death by his father, Pasquale; mother, Palma; brother, Luigi.

He is survived by his shopping buddy and partner in crime, Jan Larison, Mexico Point NY; brother Mario and wife Josephine Gagliardi, Oak Ridge NJ ; brother Salvatore and wife Anna, Aprigliano Italy; daughter, Corinne and husband Robert Bonk and grandchildren, Alexander and Lucia, Laurel Run Pa; daughter Pamela and husband Joseph Masi, and grandchildren Elizabeth and Emily, Bear Creek Township Pa. and daughter, Cathy Gagliardi and grandchildren Arnaud, Mehdy, Naim, of France and several nieces and nephews.


Silvio’s family would like extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia whose care greatly improved his quality of life. In addition, a sincere thank you to the empathy displayed by his lifelong friends Jimmy and Carla Lemardy & Attorney Elliot and Fran Edly.


Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Silvio Gagliardi are invited to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, April 28th from 3 to 6pm.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 29th at 10 am in St. Elizabeth’s Church, 5700 Bear Creek Blvd, Bear Creek to celebrated Silvio’s beautiful life. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Silvio’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.