Credit: Teresa on Instagram Photo: Teresa Shares Family Photo at Audriana's Dance Recital in June 2014

A brief time-out was called in the war against Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice when the news came out that Joe’s father Frank had unexpectedly passed away on June 18 at age 63.

Even non-fans of the couple — who pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this year — took time to write condolence messages to the family. Teresa’s Real Housewives of New Jersey castmates, including past H’wives and the new Season 6 ladies, also reached out with messages of support.

On June 19, Teresa tweeted acknowledgement of the many positive thoughts, tweeting “Thank you all for your prayers...xx.”

Losing a parent/grandparent is tough at any point, but not only was Frank Giudice’s death a shock, the timing couldn’t be worse for the Giudice family. Teresa and Joe have been in limbo since pleading guilty in March, spending time with their four daughters as they waited for their sentencing in July. That sentencing was just pushed back to September, although reportedly not because of the death of Joe’s father.

Either way, Joe is expected to serve at least some jail time when they are sentenced, and Teresa still could as well. Their worries are piling up, but at this moment everything other than grieving for their beloved family member must seem unimportant.

Catch the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 premiere on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET.

Source: Teresa on Twitter