MIDLAND - John J. Giordano, 85, formerly of Midland, passed away early Friday morning, July 26, 2013, with his beloved wife by his side at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley, Beaver.
Born Dec. 16, 1927, in Follansbee, W.Va., and raised in Wellsville, he was the son of the late Gabriel and Govina Giordano. He was a resident of Midland most of his life and had retired from Crucible Steel, Colt Industries, Midland, where he was an equipment operator. A member of St. Blaise Parish in Midland and Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge, he was a veteran of the United States Army, serving post WW II Occupation Duty in Japan and having served during the Korean War. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Midland Council No. 2005, where he served as Past Grand Knight. He was a proud retired member of the Midland Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for 30 years; a member of the St. Anthony Club of Midland, was a Past Commander of the Midland VFW and a member of the Midland American Legion.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were two brothers, James and Fred Giordano; two sisters, Mary Johnston and Antoinette Walker; and his grand-dog, Miss Gracie.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Labertha Gentile Giordano; three sons, Gabriel (Kathy) Giordano, Birdsboro, Pa., Deacon Anthony Giordano, Economy Boro, Pa., and John, Jr. (Denise) Giordano, Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Sam (Carol) Giordano, East Liverpool; four sisters, Madeline Renaldo and Rose Vallone, both of Steubenville, Geraldine "Babe" Bryer, East Liverpool, Carm (Bill) Boyce, Wellsville; five granddaughters, Nicole (Chris) Magee, Shirley, Jiselle, Elayna and Selena Giordano; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, A.J., and Lauren Magee.
Friends will be received Tuesday, July 30, from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Schwerha-Noll Funeral Home, 600 Beaver Ave., Midland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Blaise Church, Midland, with Father Joseph Freedy, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Pittsburgh as main celebrant assisted by Deacon Anthony Giordano. Interment with full military rites conducted by the Midland American legion will follow in the Beaver Cemetery.