One week ago — on Wednesday, June 18 — Joe Giudice’s father, Frank, died unexpectedly at the family home. He was 63. This past Sunday, the Giudices held a wake, with the funeral Mass and burial on Monday.
According to RadarOnline, several of Teresa Giudice’s co-stars on The Real Housewives of New Jersey came to the wake to pay their respects, including Tre’s good friend Dina Manzo, and Season 6’s new twin cast members, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello.
Teresa’s cousin Kathy Wakile was at Monday’s Mass, Radar said, along with Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga and his wife, Melissa Gorga. Teresa and Joe’s eldest daughter, Gia, was one of the speakers during the Mass, Radar noted. She had previously tweeted a photo with her grandfather, Frank, calling him the strongest man she knew. On June 21 she shared more of her emotions, writing, "the pain inside my heart is unreal.." On Sunday, the day of the wake, she wrote, "this is going to be the hardest day of my life.."
At the cemetery, guests were given balloons and released them at the same time, in tribute to Frank. Teresa captured the moment in the photo shown, tweeting, "A Beautiful Farewell to an Amazing Fatherinlaw."
In case you were wondering if we’d see the farewell on RHONJ, Radar said the funeral was not filmed for the show.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 premieres Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET.