portrait picture for Toni Ann Gardella

Toni Ann Gardella


March 29, 1953 - March 19, 2011

Toni Ann Gardella, 57, of Plantation, Florida, died March 19th, in Florida.

Born in Middleburg, VA, March 29, 1953, the daughter of Allen Gardella, of West Haven, and the late Marion Gardella, she grew up in Norwalk. Ms. Gardella became a ballerina at a very young age, dancing with Ballet Etudes Repertory Company; performing leading roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, and Peter and the Wolf. At age eighteen, Toni moved to New York City where she spent many years dancing with the New York City Opera; followed by a life of travel and dance around the world with her dance partner and life partner; Francois Szony, of  Plantation, FL.

In addition to her father and partner, Toni Ann is survived by four sisters; Allyn Maria Gardella and Loretta Gardella Wittevrongel, of Boulder, CO, Doris Eason Gardella  and Joy Gardella, of Carlsbad, CA, and two brothers; Leland Francis Gardella and Walter Thomas Gardella, of Norwalk, five nieces, four nephews and three grand nephews.

  1. May God bless her and keep her. She was a beautiful soul.

    September 29, 2011
    Jill Ruedeman -
  • I remember Toni from High School.She and I were friends. She loved to Dance. She was a Beautiful and Talented Woman. She dreamed of Dancing and I am truly happy to know that her dreams did come true. God Bless You,Toni.

    September 29, 2011
    Eileen Cleary-Slonski -
  • To a woman who dreamed a dream and achieved ! So much talent put to good use; pleasing audiences around the world. Young dancers still need your knowledge and nurturing. Wish you were here. Send your blessings from Heaven. You’re in a much better place as we both know. Your dinners, gifts and nurturing have made a great impact on young dancers. You will be missed … but we will all see you again.

    September 29, 2011
    Donna -
  • I remember Toni Ann from the NYCOpera. She was so strikingly beautiful and had a wonderful wicked sense of humor! I was just a kid at the time and in awe of her. My heartfelt prayers to her family. I am sure you will all see her again! God Bless.

    September 29, 2011
    Judith -
  • there are places i remember but some have changed there are faces I remember but some remain, though I know I,ll never loose affection for people and things that went before, In My Life I love Your More!! I Love You, Henry

    September 29, 2011
    Henry Stamm -
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