Joseph Giardina

Joseph P. Giardina

Tuesday, June 18th, 1929 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Joseph P. Giardina, a lifetime resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, passed away on May 13, 2020 at 5:15 am. Born June 18, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of Jasper and Mary (Busalacchi) Giardina.

Joe graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1947. He worked with his parents in their family owned fruit store on Main Street in Edwardsville until he was called for service in the Korean War. Upon returning from Korea, Joe married Joyce Arth on May 24, 1952. He then attended business school on the G.I. Bill and subsequently worked in procurement at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation (Boeing) until his retirement in 1984.

Upon retirement, Joe turned his hobby of repairing smoking pipes into Joe’s Pipe Repair and Imports, a business he joyfully operated with Joyce. They enjoyed traveling for their business and to Fort Myers Beach, FL with family.

Joe was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edwardsville, faithfully giving of his time and energy. He served on many committees and was a member of the Church Council. In 1982 he was appointed as Trustee of St. Mary’s Catholic Church by the Bishop of the Springfield Diocese. He was very conscientious and proud of this assignment. He was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years. For many years Joe was the director of the Edwardsville Men’s City Basketball League.

Joe is survived by his devoted wife Joyce (Arth) Giardina; his loving daughters, Jenna Highlander (Ken), and Jill Beck (Bud Harrison), his grandchildren, Amanda (Allen), Nathan (Emily) and Emily (Peter); and his great-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Rosalie, Sophia, Noah and Luke. Also surviving, a sister-in-law, Viola (Arth) Hessel as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy Giardina, and many other family members.

A mass in honor of Joe will be held when those he loved and who loved him are able to join together for a remembrance fitting of his vibrant spirit.

In tribute to Joe, we hope you will remember his humorous and ever-positive view of life. A short time ago, when he was very ill, his quick response to “I love you, Dad…” was: “I know—they all do!”
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Joe Kalmer

Posted at 02:34pm
You all have our deepest sympathy.
Dean and Judy Pletcher

Nick Robinson

Posted at 09:05am
Joe was a wonderful man. What I most admired about Joe was his honesty. He would always tell you how it was, but in a gentle way. Joe would discuss the music program with me at church. He would always say hello to me out in public. If he didn't understand something, he strove to learn. Joe was a good friend and advisor. I loved to speak to him and always hear what he had to say. May the angels lead you to paradise. Rest in peace!

Kathy Viox

Posted at 09:19am
Dave and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I don't know of any man sweeter than your dad, Jenna. His smile could melt your heart. He gave so generously to his family, church and community and will be dearly missed. Sympathy and prayers to all of you. Kathy and Dave Viox

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