Bernard L. Giardini

LORAIN - Bernard L Giardini passed away on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Lorain.
Bernie was born August 15, 1927 to Antonio and Pauline Giardini both of whom emigrated from Abbruzzi, Italy in the early 1900's. Bernie graduated from Lorain High School, class of 1947 A and lived in Lorain his entire life.
Bernie was married to Marietta (nee DiFrancesco) for 62 years and together they had four children, Anthony (Kay), Paulette (William) Smith, Jean (Joseph) Nazario and Sandra (Guy) Wilhelm.
A boilermaker by trade, Bernie worked at National Tube and US Steel for about 20 years. He also owned a tavern in Vermilion for over 30 years and concluded his working career as a lottery agent with the Ohio Lottery Commission, retiring in 1999.
Bernie was a member of the Abbruzzi Club serving as the club's bar manager for 12 years. He was also active in the Ohio Liquor Dealers Association. Bernie was an avid bowler and softball player. He loved discussing and debating politics, playing the accordion and spending time with his 12 grandchildren, Anthony, Christian, Michael, Robert, Jodi, William, Paul, Angelique, Joseph, Marco, Lauren and Dillon.
Bernie was also the proud great grandfather of six great grandchildren Marianna, Netalina, Gabriella, Laura, Joseph and Xavier. Bernie and his older sister, Clementine Costello, had a special relationship and were able to spend time together right up until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jenny Tornabene and Jennie Giardini; and granddaughter, Paige.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 4th from 2 to 8 PM at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440)244-1961. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:20 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Fr. Craig Hovanec, Pastor, officiating on Thursday, January 5th at 11 AM followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
The family asks that donations be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 7445 Deer Trail Lane, Lorain, OH 44053.
Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Jan. 4, 2012