Helen K. (Malek) Giordano, age 82, a resident of Wilmington for more than thirty-five years and formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on February 22, 2015, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.
Helen was born on June 6, 1932 in Chelsea, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Zgrzebniak) Malek. Helen grew up in Chelsea with her three brothers and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.
After graduating, Helen went to work for Cool Ray Sunglass Company in Chelsea where she was a dedicated and loyal employee for more than twenty-five years. Helen loved her job and her co-workers; she made many life-long friends throughout the years. Following her retirement from Cool Ray, Helen worked for J. C. Penney Company and Bradley’s Department Store; Helen’s wonderful personality made her a natural with the customers.
Helen married her husband, Paul L. Giordano, Sr. on December 9, 1960; sharing more than 54 years together and making many memories throughout the years. Helen and Paul lived in Chelsea for many years with their family and near their large and loving extended family. Helen was all about family; she was a wonderful wife, mother and a very devoted “Nana”. Helen’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was always evident and she beamed with such pride as she spoke of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Helen’s world revolved around being a “Nana”. Helen had a special relationship with each grandchild, she looked forward to the many trips they took together, always making every moment special for them.
Helen loved to travel; some of her favorite trips included Prince Edward Island, Virginia Beach and Old Orchard Beach in Maine; Helen just loved the beach. Helen’s more adventurous side came through at the many amusement parks she enjoyed with her grandchildren; Disney World and Hershey Park were among the favorite parks and a great time was had by all.
Helen and Paul were considered “snowbirds.” when the New England Winter settled in they headed south where they sought the sun and fun at their home in River View, Florida. Helen and Paul made a great group of friends in Florida but when the spring rolled around, Helen was anxious to return home to her beloved family.
In her spare time, Helen liked to crochet and throughout the years she made beautiful Afghans for her family and friends. Helen also had a competitive side and loved a good game of Bingo.
Helen will be fondly remembered for her thoughtfulness towards others; she was kind, caring, and would do anything for anyone. Helen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Helen was the beloved wife of Paul L. Giordano, Sr., devoted mother of Linda A. Brown & her husband Norman of Milford, NH, Michael Geer of Florida and Paul L. Giordano, Jr. of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Kristina Pelczarski & her husband Robert of Paxton, Norman Brown IV & his wife Keri of Medford, Matthew Brown & his wife Jessica of Ayer, Joseph Giordano of Wilmington, Karissa Skotedis & her husband Tom of PA, Kristoffer Geer of UT and 10 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Zgrzebniak) Malek, dear sister of John Carroll of Orlando, FL, Richard Carroll of FL and the late Robert Carroll.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 25th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Helen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.