City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Gennaro Addesso

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 91.
Died 03/10/2024.

Gennaro Addesso
Gennaro Addesso (1933-2024)

Gennaro "Gene" Addesso 91 of Raleigh died peacefully at his home on Sunday March 10, 2024.

Gene was born on February 25, 1933 to Donata and Giovanna Addesso in Brooklynn NY. After graduating high School Gene went on to get a BA Degree in Accounting from Fordham University in NY.

Gene was in the Army for 2 years before joining IBM in 1955. On September 30, 1956 Gene married June France. They enjoyed a marriage that lasted 67 years.

Gene spent 26 years of his career with IBM in the Hudson Valley before taking on the role as Plant Manager for the Raleigh PC Manufacturing Facility in 1982. Over his 36 year career with IBM he was honored with a number of leadership and manufacturing excellence awards.

After retiring in 1991, Gene went on to hold positions on the board of a number of companies. As a board member Gene provided quality, manufacturing and leadership direction to the companies he supported.

Gene enjoyed the outdoors but most of all enjoyed spending time at his favorite fishing hole on Kerr Lake. His passion for the lake ran so deep that in 1999 he became president of the Roanoke River Basin Association. For 25 years he led the charge to protect the precious resource that he so loved.

Gene enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren at the lake, in the pool, golfing and eating great Italian food. He was a Wolfpack fan thru and thru. He particularly enjoyed tailgating at the football games.

Gene was an avid golfer. He played 3 or 4 times a week until he was 89. After turning 80, he often would brag that he was able to shoot his age.

Gene was predeceased by his brother Joseph and Danny Addesso and his wife June Addesso. Gene is survived by his son Rich Addesso, daughter in law Rebecca Addesso and grandchildren Nicholas and Jacob Addesso.

There will be a celebration of life for family and close friends. Please contact the family for details.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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