CAMDEN — Gianina Galanti Ames, 98, passed away Sept. 25, 2021, at Windward Gardens, where she had been a resident. She was born July 7, 1923, daughter of Felice and Gertrude Galanti, being the oldest of five daughters. Gianina graduated from Camden High School in 1941 and married her high school sweetheart, Edwin Parker Ames that same year. They were married for 54 years until his death in 1996.
She worked several jobs waitressing at Yorkie’s Diner in Camden and the Sail Loft Restaurant in Rockport. She also worked for many years for Down East Magazine and finally for the town office in Camden. Gianina was a very dedicated celebrant of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Camden. She was also a very active member of the Our Lady of Good Hope Women’s Club, making numerous wreaths and bows each year for their Christmas sale. She enjoyed crafting, making jewelry and other handy items that she often sold at local craft fairs. In her earlier years she was a very accomplished candlepin bowler, competing in several leagues. In 1948 she won the State of Maine Women’s Candlepin Bowling Championship.

The Galanti clan was always known for hosting large family and friend gatherings, where there was plenty of great Italian food.
Always willing to help others out, Gianina would provide rides or do shopping for friends whenever needed. She will be remembered by some for her pantomimes of Jimmy Durante in the Annual Camden Minstrel Show held at the Camden Opera House each year. She was also a participant in the Senior Follies held at the Lincoln County Theater each year. Gianina could always be found as a regular at local Bingo games too.

Gianina was predeceased by her husband Edwin; parents Felice and Gertrude Galanti; sisters, Anna Webb and husband, John “Chic,” Mary Smyth and husband, Arthur “Red” and Betty Anderson and husband, Edward; brother-in-law, Frank Stearns; beloved daughter-in-law, Adele Zucchi Ames, who she loved like a daughter, and nephews, Glenn and Paul Smyth. She is survived by son, David of Northport; sister, Grace Stearns, of Camden; granddaughter, Pamela Veilleux, of Manchester, N.H.; with great-granddaughters, Jocelyn and Alyson Veilleux; granddaughter, Debi Tukey and husband, David, of Gorham; with great-grandsons, Anthony Dugan and Alex Tukey; and great-granddaughter, Blake Adele Parker and husband, Nick, of Buxton, with great-great-granddaughter Marie Adele Parker. She is also survived by numerous, loving nieces and nephews, along with many great nieces & nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church on Union Street in Camden Friday Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Our Lady of Good Hope Women’s Club, St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union St., Camden, ME 04843. Condolences and memories may be shared at longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home in Camden.