Joseph Giardina, long time resident of Chalmette and recent resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina, died on Thursday, August 1st, 2013. He was born October 23, 1931, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Joseph and Rosalie Giardina. He was also the beloved son-in-law of the late Saverio and Hilma Ragusa. His brothers were the late Salvadore Giardina and wife Betty of Laplace, Mary Giardina Wells and her late husband Albert of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Philip Giardina of New Orleans. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Josephine Ragusa Giardina; his sons David Joseph Giardina and his wife Mary Ann Jung Giardina, and Keith Saverio Giardina and his wife Pamela Bonnecarrere Giardina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Todd David Giardina and wife Robin, Scott Nicholas Giardina and wife Melanie, Matthew James Evans and wife Fabiola, Richard Kyle Evans, Ryan Casey Evans, Joseph Saverio Giardina, and Alexandra Grace Giardina and great grandchildren Janie Giardina, Yselle Evans and the late Elliot Giardina. Joseph was the brother-in-law of the late Louise Prince, Barbara Buras and Cynthia Bencaz. Joseph, an electrician by trade, was a member of IBEW Local 130 and was a past board member. He also served in the Louisiana National Guard. He was a longtime member of the Usher Society at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette and also served as its president for many years. He was a woodworking instructor and member of the Carpenters Club at Nunez Community College in Chalmette and was also a member of the Fun For All Group, the Santa Giuseppe Gastronomic and Frivolity Society, as well as a past member of the Italian American Cultural Society. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Lake Lawn Met Funeral Home
5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
New Orleans, LA 70124
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2013