Woman fought cancer courageously

2014-01-12T00:00:00Z Woman fought cancer courageouslyBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 12, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Karen Giordano was a caring friend and devoted wife and mother, said her sister, Mary Kay Ramirez.

She was outgoing and fun, with a good sense of humor. She loved to tell stories and jokes, and was kind and compassionate.

“She was our family ‘camp counselor.’ She organized games, activities and things to do when we were all on vacation,” she said.

Karen Phipps Giordano, 49, of Chesterton and formerly of Merrillville, died Dec. 18 after a battle with breast cancer. She worked for Amerisure Insurance as a safety consultant. She attended Indiana and Purdue Universities, and was a 1983 graduate of Andrean High School.

She is survived by her husband, John Giordano II, daughter, Samantha Giordano and Son, John “Jack” Giordano IV.

Giordano faced her battle with breast cancer with fierce courage and determination.

“She was always hopeful, researching studies and clinical trials across the country to try to beat this disease,” she said. “She had the most positive attitude whenever she talked with anyone about her battle.”

She loved the beach, either spending a hot summer day there with the family, or going for a walk with her husband and dog, her sister said.

“She always made it a point to live and vacation near a beach,” Ramirez said.

Giordano loved music, especially the band Poi Dog Pondering, and even had them perform at her home. She loved following local bands and going to festivals.

Ramirez said she admired her sister’s positive attitude despite the formidable challenges she faced and admired her awesome sense of humor.

“I admired her relationship with her husband,” she said. “They are true soul mates.”

Giordano believed in family, being a good friend and being compassionate to others.

“She was always concerned about the right thing to do,” Ramirez said. “She always wore a smile. She was a blast to be with. She was witty and intelligent. She loved her kids and her husband dearly. They were the center of her life.”

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