John Anthony Giardino, formerly of Pueblo, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 89.
A Mass of Christian burial was held March 2 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Cedaredge, with Father Canice Enyiaka officiating. A graveside service was held March 3 at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Pueblo, with Father William Gleeson officiating.
Mr. Giardino was born June 13, 1922, in Pueblo, to Gabriel and Rose Mauro Giardino Nittinger. He spent his childhood in Pueblo and graduated from Centennial High School in 1940.
He served in the Navy during World War II as an aviator flight engineer, flying PBMs in search of German U-boats and attaining the rank of LTJG.
Mr. Giardino married Margaret Brothers on Nov. 22, 1942, in Chicago, Ill. They lived in Pueblo most of their married life and celebrated 69 years of marriage. She survives.
He was self-employed as a master plumber and founder of American Plumbing and Heating, which he ran with his wife for 34 years. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of St. Philip's Catholic church in Cedaredge, Elks Lodge #611 in Florence, Master Plumbers Association, Dante Alighieri in Pueblo and the Pueblo Historical Society.
Mr. Giardino is survived by his wife, Margaret Giardino of Cedaredge; a son and his wife, Dr. John and Fran Giardino of Bryan, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Terry and Perry Hotz of Cedaredge; four grandchildren, Anne-Marie Wheatley and her husband Scott of Yuma, Ariz., Amanda Cerise and her husband Craig of Cedaredge, Brie Hotz of Washington, D.C., and Freddie Hotz and his wife Heather of Fruita; five great-grandchildren, Isabel Cerise, Maya Cerise, Emerson Wheatley, Freddie Hotz Jr. and Eliot Wheatley; his aunt, Grace Mauro; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the preschool Backpack Program, 822 Grand Ave., Delta, CO 81416, or Pueblo Historical Society, 201 West B Street, Pueblo, CO 81003.
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Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.blog comments powered by Disqus