EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 28, 2012

Gloria M. Brandano, 76

Phoenix, Ariz. — Gloria M. (Giardini) Brandano, 76, passed away peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 19, 2012. She was a previous resident of Sandown, N.H., Seattle, Wash. and most recently Phoenix, Ariz. Her career in electronics began at Western Electric in North Andover, and concluded at Digital Equipment Corporation in Salem, N.H. as a Quality Engineering Technician.

Gloria is predeceased by her mother Marie Demers, and she is survived by her children, Paul Brandano of Salisbury, Cynthia Brandano of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mark Brandano and his partner Ronald Riehs, Jr. and granddog Bella of Seattle, Wash. and by her siblings, Robert Giardini and his wife Rita of Simi Valley, Calif., Daniel Giardini and his wife Claire of Hooksett, N.H., Ronald Giardini of Jacksonville, Fla., Andrea Bergeron and her husband David of Jamison, Pa., many nieces and nephews, former husband, Ralph Brandano of Phoenix, Ariz., and her cat Toni. She was the eldest of her four siblings whom she shared the great responsibility of raising, loving and caring for at an early age. Though an immense responsibility for a young Gloria, this no doubt prepared her for the unconditional love that she would give to her own children later in her life.

Gloria had a wise intellect and strived to be an independent, self-made person but did it with a guiding desire to help those who were less fortunate. She was a best friend to each of her children and provided a constant source of love and support through her listening and gentle guidance. Always young at heart, Gloria had a knack for being surprising, fun and witty. Her memorable and heartfelt one-liners often helped get her point across while bringing smiles to many. Through her warmth and compassion, Gloria had a great love of children as well as for the pets she had over the years: pup, and cats Derek, Chelsea and Toni. She found pleasure in reading, history, and had a strong interest in politics. Gloria also had a great love of nature and enjoyed gardening. Her genuine love and care for others was often expressed through a delicious spread of food prepared for the holidays or sewing blankets and pillows for newborn children who had just joined her world. Though she touched many people’s lives, she expected nothing in return.

Gloria, Mom, sister, friend, you trail-blazed ahead of us all and became our pillar even through uncertain times. You were a ray of light always at the forefront of our lives and will be dearly missed by your children, siblings and those who had the good fortune to have known you. Thank you for the lives you’ve touched, your beautiful spirit and your grace. Peace and much love to you always. Namaste.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private family service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to any of her favorite charities, American Cancer Society, Virginia Mason Foundation, 1218 Terry Avenue, P.O. Box 1930 M.S. D1-MF, Seattle, WA 98111-9866, The Humane Society of the United States, or to your local PBS.

Online condolences may be given at www.abelfuneralservices.com