Emedio D. “Meets” Ianni

January 28, 1931 - December 19, 2020 Landenberg, PA | Age 89 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother and Friend.

Emedio D. “Meets” Ianni passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 19th, 2020, with his loving wife Mary and oldest son Samuel by his side. He was the husband of Mary V. (Bagnato) Ianni, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Born in 1931, Meets resided his entire life on Penn Green Road in Landenberg, Pa, and was the son of the late Samuel and Eleanor (Sperlunto), Ianni.

A graduate of Kennett High School, Meets proudly served his country, which he greatly loved in the US Army during the Korean conflict.

Meets was the owner/proprietor of E&M Ianni Mushrooms in Landenberg and retired in 2016. In addition to being a skilled mushroom grower, Meets served his community for over 74 years as an active member of the Avondale Fire Company, which he loved. During that time, he served in various positions, including Chief Engineer, and holds the record for most tickets ever sold for the annual Fire Company Spaghetti Dinner and chicken barbeques. He rarely missed a call in his younger days and was always happy to see his name at the top of the most calls made list each year. Meets also worked part-time for many years at New Garden Township and enjoyed keeping the roads tidy especially during a snowstorm!

Meets was an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan and was tickled when the Birds finally won the Super Bowl. Another of his passions included being an enthusiast of all things John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and was always up for a good western or war flick. While he enjoyed his daily visits to Dunkin Donuts to see his friends, and in earlier days Bunnys, Meets was most happy to spend time at his beach house in Lewes, De. He worked hard for that house and enjoyed taking care of the yard, grilling large amounts of chicken and steak, and hosting his family and neighbors.

Always smiling and rarely complaining, Meets was a man of high integrity. If you asked him for help, he would. If you needed to borrow something, it was yours. When a house was on fire or a hay pile burning, he left his work to try to save yours regardless of weather or conditions. That kind of commitment deserves our gratitude. Anthony Bourdain said, “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.” Character is what exemplified Meets’ life.

Meets loved Country Music, especially Johnny Cash. If you can, please say a prayer and play some Johnny to honor the life of Meets Ianni.

Meets is survived by two sons, Samuel (Karen) Ianni of Landenberg and Anthony (Janet) Ianni of Golden, Co, and a sister Grace (Ianni) Ciaffoni of West Chester. Meets was preceded in death by his brother Arthur Ianni of Landenberg. Meets was also very proud of his three grandsons, John, David (Caitlin), and Adam Ianni, and was thrilled to spend time with his great-granddaughter, Emma Grace.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday morning, December 28, 2020, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41), Avondale, PA. His Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00. Burial will be St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Avondale Fire Company, New Truck Fund, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311, or to Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311

To view Meet’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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Memorial Donations

Avondale Fire Company

New Truck Fund
23 Firehouse Way
Avondale, PA 19311

Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church

P.O. Box 709
Avondale, PA 19311



December 28, 2020 10:00-11:00 St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41)
Avondale, PA.

Funeral Mass

December 28, 2020 11:00 St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41)
Avondale, PA.


December 28, 2020 St. Patrick's Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Dear Mary and family,

    Meets will always be remembered for his outstanding generous community service.

    His friendship and uplifting manner was extended to so many.

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,

    Jim and Ginny Frezzo

    James and Virginia Frezzo | January 30, 2021 at 9:40 AM
  2. Sam and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

    Amy M Stike | January 1, 2021 at 9:15 PM
  3. Dear Mary and Family, With heavy hearts Russ and I send our love and prayers to you and your family. Meets was a wonderful friend, a kindhearted and generous man. He was a successful and respected example of a strong work ethic in the Mushroom Community he loved so much, his dedication to his community and his love for his family…especially his adored wife Mary was known to all. Russ will miss his daily chats and solving the problems of the world with Meets and all their buddies at Dunkin Donuts, and Penn Green Road sadly will never be the same. I hope your memories sustain you and the Lord in his goodness sends you comfort in this Holy Season of rebirth. Meets was one of the Good Guys!
    Love, Kathy

    Kilmer | December 30, 2020 at 7:56 PM
  4. What type of person rushes into a home that’s in flames not knowing the layout, structure or what they will find? The answer is a risk-taker, a caring soul, a fire-fighter! We repeatedly hear the words “first responder” in the news these days because of COVID19. We tend to lump them all in one group, sometimes forgetting they are individual souls. In this case it was a man who was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend and his name was Emedio “Meets” Ianni. Rest in peace – you’ve earned it!

    Eileen [Downey] & Jay Arnold | December 28, 2020 at 10:25 AM
  5. Mary, Sam, Anthony and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the sad time, wish I could be there with you, remember all the great times you have had together and all the memories you have shared. You have been blessed with these. Sending love an prayers.

    Ben J Pizzini | December 28, 2020 at 7:15 AM
  6. Mary – I just want to send my deepest sympathies. It was always special to see Emedio come to the store with you. His smile was always so warm and welcoming and will be dearly missed. You and your family are
    in my thoughts and prayers!
    Norman Buczik

    Norman Buczik | December 25, 2020 at 3:26 PM
  7. Dear Mary, Sam, Anthony and families,
    I can’t express how sad we are to hear of Meets passing. His dedication and love to his family and friends is something Joe and I will always remember. His smile when we stopped to visit from Montana, is something we will truly miss . Penn Green road will never be the same without the “Mayor”. We will miss you Meets, and may you rest rest in peace.
    Patti and Joe Testa

    Patti Testa | December 24, 2020 at 9:58 AM
  8. Sending my sympathy to the Ianni family.

    Diane Brittingham | December 23, 2020 at 10:29 PM
  9. Mary, you and meets have been the best neighbors that anyone could ask for. The thing that I can remember most of meet is that smile that he always had. We will miss him forever. Gloria and Sonny Pizzini

    Sonny Pizzini | December 23, 2020 at 5:53 PM
  10. You were the first friend that we met in this country when we came from Italy. We will never forget you or the times we had. We miss you so much and love you forever. Always my friend. Our deepest condolences to your children and Mary. Love Italo and Tonia Mazza

    Antonietta mazza | December 22, 2020 at 1:23 PM
  11. Dear Mary Sam Anthony so sorry for your lost meets was a good family man and friend to many may he rest in peace

    jerry and sandy kmetz | December 22, 2020 at 12:29 PM
  12. I wish we had the right words of comfort following a passing of a loved one. May knowing your family is in the thoughts and prayers of others help in this time of sorrow.

    My family and I are thankful to have shared many Thanksgiving dinners with the Ianni family. An endless night of great company & laughter, food, and of course wine !! They say you can tell “Good” people when you first meet them. Emedio was one of the “Good Ones”. We may not have known him as long or as well as others… but we can truly say the world lost a good man today. Reading about his devotion to AFC, the community, and his family… Emedio truly lived an admirable life.

    Sending prayers, condolences, and comfort to Mary and the family.

    With Deepest Condolences.. The Zizza Family

    The Zizza Family | December 22, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  13. To the entire Ianni family,

    So sorry to learn of your loss. Meets always had a great spirit and smile. I hope you find comfort in his memories.

    Love and prayers to all.

    Willie and Gale Lattanzio

    Willie Lattanzio | December 22, 2020 at 8:54 AM
  14. So sorry hearing of your fathers passing. He was a wonderful man.
    When ever I would see him in town he always had time to talk and ask how the family was doing.
    Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Michael Conner | December 22, 2020 at 7:21 AM
  15. Meets was the nicest and kindest man to everyone. I first met Meets when I worked at the bank in Avondale and he always had a smile on his face and a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary, Sam, Anthony and family.

    Bonnie D'Antonio | December 22, 2020 at 6:59 AM
  16. Meet’s was a great man great fellow firefighter and very nice person he always had a nice work for everybody he always went out of his way for everybody meets you will be missed very much God rest in peace

    Michael S Ruoss | December 22, 2020 at 12:54 AM
  17. Emedio was a great brother and I will miss him very much. May he Rest In Peace dear brother

    Grace Ciaffoni | December 21, 2020 at 5:12 PM
  18. So sorry for your loss. I met Emedio after he married Mary and felt she married a wonderful, caring and special man. I knew he loved lived and breathed the fire company. I would often see him sitting in Dunkin Donuts in Avondale enjoying his retirement.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Boojie Pannell Medon | December 21, 2020 at 4:11 PM
  19. Dear Ianni Family,

    My heart is just broken, hearing of Meets passing. My earliest memories, growing up, are memories of him being at the fire house and all of us spending time together. When i moved to Montana, Meets and Mary would always ask my parents how we were doing and I always made sure to stop in and see them on visits home! He always had a great big smile and hug for me! He was an extended part of our family and i think of Meets and Mary like another set of grandparents. I am so sorry for your families loss. I will never forget him!! Love and hugs from Montana! I wish i could be there to hug you all in person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.❤️🙏🏻

    Kristian Testa-Denny | December 21, 2020 at 3:09 PM

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