ORLANDO M. JARDINI(1928 - 2013)

Age 85, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on November 21, 2013. He was the son of the late Paschaol (Patsy) Jardini and Michelina Mancini Jardini, of Carrick; and brother of the late Josephine C. (Frank C.) Hasenkopf. Orlando was born on October 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, and spent most of his life in Brentwood. He moved to Meadow Lands, PA three years ago. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda Price Jardini; three children, David (Dawn Shober) of Meadow Lands, PA, Nancy Jardini (Morris J. Panner) of Chevy Chase, MD, and Michele Jardini (Sean) Gannon of Hermosa Beach, CA. His memory will be cherished by ten grandchildren, Patrick David Jardini of Houston, PA, Jacquelyn Mariana (JJ) Jardini, Catherine Price (Rinnie) Jardini, Grazia Linda (Gracie), of Meadow Lands, PA, Michelina (Mikey) Jardini Panner, David Jardini Panner, Josephine (Joey) Jardini Panner, Martine (Nini) Jardini Panner of Chevy Chase, MD, Orlando Jacob (Jake) Gannon, Eleanor (Elle) Louise Gannon of Hermosa Beach; and one great-grandson, Ethan Patrick Jardini, of Navarre, FL. He is also survived by his brother, John E. (Teresa Gallo) Jardini of Carrick; and deeply loved nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his special friends, the Artmans of Norman, OK, the Kuchta family of Baldwin, PA and the Larragoite family of Annapolis, MD, along with many dear cousins and relations in Brazil. Orlando's life was devoted to his family and to education. After graduating from Brentwood High School in 1946, Orlando entered the family masonry business until serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, he became the first member of his extended family to attend college earning a Bachelor of Arts (1956), a Master of Letters (1957) and Ph.D. in Spanish (1967) from the University of Pittsburgh. Orlando began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956, leaving that school to continue his graduate studies in 1963. He was a Teaching Fellow (1963-64) and Mellon Fellow (1964-65) at the University of Pittsburgh, Instructor and Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (1965-68), and Associate Professor and Professor at Chatham College (1970-1994). Orlando retired from Chatham College as Professor Emeritus in 1994. Orlando's teaching career also included a long association with the University of Oklahoma including summer institutes beginning in 1960 and programs at the cultural studies center in Colima, Mexico, from 1967 to 1993. Orlando was a lifelong resident of Brentwood, member of the Brentwood School Board (1971-1995), co-founder of the Brentwood High School Hall of Fame, and an officer of the Brentwood High School Alumni Association since its founding. He was an inductee of the Brentwood Hall of Fame. Orlando also served the Mon Valley School for Exceptional Children and the Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School as a board member for 22 years, as well as the Carriage House Children's School, Squirrel Hill, for 18 years. Upon his retirement in 1994, Orlando and his beloved wife Linda enjoyed many years of travel throughout the world. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Rd., Brentwood, 15227 on Saturday from from 2-6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., friends are asked to gather at the South Hills Country Club for a Memorial Celebration Reception and Dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15227 or Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please send condolences to:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2013