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Jean N. Giordano - 92

Lansing, IL

Jean N. Giordano (nee Kish), age 92, of Lansing, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021.

Jean was born on April 11, 1928 to John and Anna (nee Bonetto) Kish in the small coal mining town of Panama.  Her family moved to the Chicago area, where Jean grew up in Roseland and graduated from Christian Fenger High School in 1946.

When Jean was a teenager, her family’s finances were tight.  So, to provide much needed help, Jean worked at Walgreens starting at the young age of 15.  For the next several years, she would balance school, work and helping care for her younger siblings.

While working at Walgreens, Jean met her future husband, Frank. She remembered fondly through the years how handsome he was when she first saw him.  They fell in love and married in 1947.  They were married for 58 years and had two children – Celene and Frank.  They would also become mom and dad to their granddaughter Gina, whom they raised.  Jean was also a loving grandmother to her grandson Francesco.

Jean had a successful and rewarding career at International Harvester where she started working right after graduating high school.  She worked there for many years and also served on the IH Credit Union and as a UAW Union Officer.  One of her most enjoyable experiences was being on television for a United Way sponsored charity event at La Rabida hospital.  Balancing her time between working full time and taking care of her family and home was not easy, but Jean somehow pulled it off.  Waking up at 5 a.m. every day was likely helpful in getting everything done!

Jean is survived by her children Celene (Joe) Martin, Frank Giordano and Gina (David) Wrobel; her grandson Francesco Giordano; and her sister Barbara Brissey.  She is preceded in death by her loving husband Frank, brothers John and Fred Kish and her parents.  She is loved and will be missed by many family members and friends and leaves behind cherished memories.

Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Saturday, February 20th from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral service at 4:00 PM.  Private burial Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.  For further information contact 708-481-9230 or

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