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Every couple of years I'll google the names of the few people who long ago disappeared from my life but continue to loom large in my memory. I'm not sure what I' m hopeful of finding but the practice has now brought me to this notice of Gilda's death. Seeing her photo and reading the thoughts of her family and friends makes me feel very sad.

I loved Gilda. It was a lifetime ago in a more forgiving time, when naivete

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Posted by: Daniel Baker - Madison, WI - old friend   Mar 14, 2015

(From memorial mass for Gilda on February 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's in Troy, NY: Part 3)

Gilda's path in life was oftentimes rocky; obstacles popped up along the way. She faced her share of demons, some successfully, some unsuccessfully. Gilda was devastated by the loss of our sister Carol in 1999 whom she loved very much. And a piece of Gilda was torn apart by the loss of our father in 2006, a loss she never fully recovered from. Gilda

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Posted by: Robert Giordano - Coopersburg, PA - Brother   Feb 04, 2013

(From memorial mass for Gilda on February 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's in Troy, NY: Part 2):

Gilda's mom and dad showed great foresight in choosing the name 'Gilda' for their first-born Giordano child. Like the heroine Gilda she was named for in Verdi's Rigoletto, my sister often put the interests of others ahead of her own. She was willing to make almost any sacrifice to help a friend or relative. Just 3 days before her death, I witnessed Gilda's attempts

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Posted by: Robert Giordano - Coopersburg, PA - brother   Feb 04, 2013

(From memorial mass for Gilda on February 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's in Troy, NY: Part 1):

Gilda gave us many great memories. She had a fantastic smile and one great laugh. She loved spending time and sharing stories with those she cared deeply about, family and friends. Gilda was a keen observer of people and her surroundings and carefully watched, listened and asked questions. She had an uncanny ability for taking all that she learned from watching, talking and listening

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Posted by: Robert Giordano - Coopersburg, PA - brother   Feb 04, 2013

Gil is a beautiful person.

Always giving...always sacrificing for others.

I will alwyas cherish the time we spent listeng to opera with Babo.

The one thing that I will always be grateful to her was her introducing me to opera.. This was back in 1994.

Her laughter was contagious. Always the big smile.

Lots of love from he kids Sohrab and Natasha

Arivaderci ( until we meet again)



Posted by: Shahriyour Andaz - NY - Very special friend   Feb 04, 2013

I enjoy working with you, always made me laugh. you always had funny stories and sweet treats to share. I will miss you. rest in peace. You will be miss. I learn from you to be true to you self and express your feelings just as they were.

Posted by: urena, rn - bronx, NY - co-worker   Feb 03, 2013

My friend called you an angel. Your smile filled everyone with warmth.
Even if it was only for a short period of time, you made a big impression on me while you were working. It must have been hard on you working and suffering your pain. Rest in peace. I will always keep you in my prayer.

Posted by: Yonghee Kim    Feb 02, 2013

My Beautiful Aunt Gil,My words cant express what Ifeel for you.
I have so many Great memories, I can hear thatGreat laugh and
see that Great smile.And those Awesome expressions on your
face CLASSIC.You always made me laugh especially when i was
down.The days you came to visit me I never laughed so hard.I
tell the stories still and told you this before.Thank you for loving
Max so much I know how much he loves you. he to has some
hilarious ones of you to in

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Posted by: anita mcgrath - largo, FL - niece   Feb 02, 2013

A very pleasant person has passed on .May she find eternal rest. you will be missed greatly.

Posted by: MARIETTA FORDE - NEW YORK, NY - CO-WORKER   Feb 02, 2013

Gil was more than a kind woman, she was a real individual, an authentic human being, and just a true blue friend, as loyal as they come. I can count on a few fingers the number of close friends I have, and so her passing is a huge loss. Aren't we all lucky she came along? Gilly, I'm sorry I never got to meet your Dad whom you so adored, but I know you're together now, and you are so happy and free. High-five a few angels for me. With great love from your forever friend, Mo.

Posted by: Monique Rivera - New York, NY - friend and neighbor   Feb 01, 2013