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Janet Nittoli

Janet Figiola Nittoli, 61, of New York City was tragically killed on December 11th while walking across an intersection in Latham, New York.

She was born in Woodside Queens. During her early childhood she lived with her family in Frankfurt Germany where they spent many weekends traveling throughout Europe. She grew up in Farmingdale Long Island, lived in Guttenberg New Jersey and then spent years living in Manhattan. She graduated Farmingdale High School in 1974 and then attained a degree at the Katherine Gibbs School in 1976. She was an executive assistant for Holland America and Entertainment Television, now the E! Channel. She discovered a passion and talent for the art of applying makeup and spent many years working as a makeup artist for the Georgette Klinger Salon on Madison Avenue in New York City and then for Sephora.

She loved to craft, paint furniture and had a talent for interior design reflected in the beautiful apartments she created and lived in. She loved to read and keep up with the news, especially pop culture. She kept up with what was going on in the world by reading her New York Post daily and would share what she learned with a wry sense of humor. She was an avid music fan and had an encyclopedia of knowledge especially for the music of the 60’s and 70’s but kept up with everything current as well.

She was the beloved daughter of Alfred and Agnes Figliola, who predeceased her in 1999 and 2001. She was a loved sister and sister-in-law to Gail and Daniel Bruzgo of Cape Elizabeth Maine. An aunt to Katelyn and Zachary Bruzgo whom she cherished. She adored her cat Lola and took loving care of her through the many, many hardships that descended on her life as a result of a tragic and severe mental illness.

She will be interred in the spring in Cape Elizabeth Maine with her beloved parents. Finally at peace surrounded by those who loved her more than words can say.


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Tony Reed Mar 19 2020 12:00 AM

I recently learned of Janet's passing, and I'd like to offer my deepest sympathies. She was such a wonderful person.We only met last year, but quickly became close. We met in an organization where I was in a position to offer help. She would visit often, and we would have lovely conversations. She was smart, witty, and compassionate, and it was not always apparent how much she was actually suffering from her mental illness. As well, I received the best skincare tip yet from her :) I wish it had been in my power to offer her more help. I will certainly miss our talks.I understand her internment will be private, but if there will be a service as well, and a possibility of taking part, I'm wondering if you'd be so kind as to contact me so we can discuss it further; it would mean so much to me. Or if there's another way I can show my acknowledgment of her life during this time, at your suggestion, I would do that.I understand this is a difficult time, so please don't feel obligated. At the very least I want to say she will be dearly missed by me, and many of my colleagues. I hope that brings some comfort.

Kelly McGowan Mar 2 2019 12:00 AM

Beautiful obituary on Janet. I met Janet through advocacy work in Albany and she always was kind and had a smile on her face. Sending my deepest sympathy to Janet's family and friends.

An advcoate, Albany, NY Dec 21 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Gail and Dan,We're so sorry to hear this very sad news, and hope that you and your family have the comfort of love. We have so many great memories of growing up together with Janet, you, and "Al and Ag", from playing together on Sunset to Christmas eve dinners on Thomas Powell (with strufoli).With love, Inez, Jeanne, John and Lois, and Rob

John and Lois Staugaitis Dec 20 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Gail so sorry to hear of your loss of your sister.I dated Janet in the early 70s and briefly talked to her when she was on Facebook, we talked about old times.I don't know if you remember me.God bless you and your family at this time.Sincerely Fred Rieger

Fred Rieger Dec 20 2018 12:00 AM

Of course I remember you with great fondness...you were a big part of her young life...but in my memory you will always be Freddie as you were to Jan. Thank you for your kind words..they mean a lot...Gail

Gail Bruzgo Dec 20 2018 12:00 AM

Janet and her family have suffered in a way that many of us cant imagine. In the midst of her despair, her beauty, talents, and passion were buried under the veil of her condition. Her sister and brother in law have always served her in the most loving way. Rest peacefully dear Janet. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

Marianne Tarraza Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

Rest in peace dear, sweet Janet! We had happy times together and I will never forget your loving heart and warm smile. God has taken you up in his loving arms and surrounded you in the light of eternal peace. With love, Gail Anderson Lucidi

Gail E Lucidi30 Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

Gail, I shared your comments with her old friends. Great out pouring of love on all of these peoples post about Janet. I still have many more pictures of her if you want more. Let me know once things settle down. I can send them to you

Gary Anderson Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Gail & Family,Words cannot express our sadness this past week upon finding out about the passing of Janet and this tragic accident. All of her childhood friends send their condolences. Although I had not seen her in person in 30 years we corresponded ever 5 years or so catching up on old times and our lives now. There was a true connection between us that time seemed to not be able to separate. She touch so many of us and she will truly be missed. I did a best of Janet pictures and I will send some to you. I have so many.... Your daughter in the picture looks so much like you. In our hearts is where we will keep you old friend. Until we meet again Fig, Love, Gary Anderson & all of her old friends.

Gary Anderson Dec 18 2018 12:00 AM

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