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Linda M. (Rigano) Giordano

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Tuesday, September 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere to celebrate the life of Linda M. (Rigano) Giordano, who died on Thursday, September 8th at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, following a one year valiant & defiant battle with lung cancer, she was 71 years old. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Linda was born to her late parents, Basil & Nancy (Caruso) Rigano in Malden. She was raised & educated in Malden and attend Malden Public Schools. She was married to her former husband, Gerald L. Giordano, Sr. and moved to Revere where she raised her two children. Linda was a proud mother and also worked, at times, two jobs to support her family. She was extremely hardworking, fun loving & always ready for fun. She worked as a bartender at the Shipwreck Lounge on Revere Beach, working there for 40 years until they closed their doors. She later worked at the Keno Counter at Santarpio’s Restaurant in Peabody, until her health declined. Linda cherished her family and adored her grandchildren, more than life itself. She had many fond & special relationships with many close friends and family. She loved listening to country music and going to any casino or beach. She was also a fabulous baker and she always enjoyed sharing her treats with those she loved. Although her health declined, it didn’t stop her will to live and fight. She even worked during her illness and being around people was the best medicine for her, especially her family, she fought hardest for them.  Her presence, bright smile, & her sense of humor, will live on in each of those who loved her.

She is the loving mother of Renee L. Rodriguez & her husband Jamie, Sr. of Malden & Gerald “Jerry” Giordano, Jr. of Tampa, Florida. She is the cherished & proud nana of Janae M. Rodriguez, Jordan L. Rodriguez, both of Malden, Jamie M. Rodriguez, Jr. & wife Marissa of Winthrop, Gabrielle Giordano & Ariel Weatherbee both of Exeter, New Hampshire. She is the dear sister of Deborah Sica & her husband Richard of Malden, Basil Rigano, Jr. & his wife Andrea of Malden, Joanne Centrella of Tewksbury, Nancy Rigano of Malden, Angelo Rigano of Reading and the late Santi Rigano, Sr. & Anne Louise Corapi. She is the treasured aunt of Malden City Councilor Jadeane Sica of Malden, who was her caregiver for several years. She is also lovingly survived by her godchildren, Joe Centrella of Chester, New Hampshire and Arianna Rigano-Kelley of Malden, & many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews, her Aussie Poo “Cassie” & the late Lasso Apso “Bella Dora” whom she loved unconditionally.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Visiting Hours

Tuesday, September 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home


Will be Private

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  1. Mary
    Oct 10 2022

    Just heard about Linda’s passing today and I am so sorry to hear that. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.
    Linda was a genuinely kind, loving and generous person. She had a heart of gold. She would give you the shirt off her back.
    I had the pleasure of spending time with her when she got her diagnosis. She was giving Judy and me cooking lesions. She loved to cook and bake. Years ago she had us over teaching us how to bake an assortment of cookies. She was amazing. She will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace!

  2. Denise Cali
    Sep 20 2022

    Very sorry to hear of Linda’s illness and passing…she was iconic, to say the least, and very close with my Mom and Dad…lots of Revere Beach and Shiwreck memories will forever live on with her etetnal smile and laughter…fly high with the angels. Xo
    Denise Cali
    (Sis and Beeshe)

  3. Laura Mottola
    Sep 13 2022

    I am so sorry for your loss, Renee, Gerald, Jamie, Janae, Jordan & Debbie. I am thinking of you all. I am always here for all of you.

    Linda was so very special to me and my family. She was best friends with my mom, Claire and we have so many fond memories. She was always so happy, kind, caring, and always thinking of us and everyone she was around. I am so glad I got to visit you in the hospital to say goodbye and see your smiling face, you dancing to the music that was playing. It broke my heart to see you in pain & I am glad you are not suffering anymore. I will miss you so much, Linda. May your RIP and fly high with the angels, now you are dancing with my mom and my brother Jimmy and all your loved ones already in heaven.

  4. EILEEN, Eddy and Chrissy Walsh
    Sep 13 2022

    We are so Sorry for your loss. Linda was such a good person and friend. Always good to everyone she met. She is in a better place, not suffering anymore. She will be greatly missed!

  5. Gerald Giordano Jr
    Sep 12 2022

    Words can’t describe how I feel and the tears never stop.

    I’m not getting into a big song n dance, I can only say this,
    There won’t be a day, a minute, a second that I will not be thinking about you. Mumma you left me so fast and there was so many things I had to say to you. I tried I did my best I just what you to know I love you with all my heart.


  6. Eileen
    Sep 12 2022

    To my dear Friend Linda
    We been through a lot , laughs and cries, getting in and out of trouble our days at the Bar, and who can forget those, but most of all be have been friends for a long time and I will miss our conversations you are now in peace and not suffering anymore but now you will be with Clare and looking down at all of us smiling and most of all watching over your children and grandchildren. May you rest in peace we will meet again.

  7. Joannne Centrella
    Sep 12 2022

    Oh my big sister, you will be a tough act to follow. I will never put smiles on so many peoples faces the way that you did. My days are empty now, you kept me busy for the past year and gave me a purpose. You were the best Mom and grandmother, not surprising because you had the best teacher…our Mom. Gerald and Renee had your unconditional love, and your grandchildren will never forget the love you had for them. They always put a smile on your face. We, the Rigano’s have another angel watching over us. Your pain is over, Mom, Dad, Santi and Chris have you now, so you are in good hands. Let Mom know I kept my word to her, did my best to take care of you.
    Save a place for me up there, until we meet again, I always will love you. MISS YOU my sister.

  8. Phyllis Regan Arnold
    Sep 11 2022

    Linda, you were my first new friend at Malden High where we started with Miss Levine’s homeroom, soon to become Mrs. Lebovitch. We had many good times through those years. Even when we would go a long time between visits, we could always pick up where we left off, completely comfortable with each other. I’m so sad that we fell out of touch in recent years. Time passes and we always think we have time.
    I wish we still had time to talk and laugh together and catch up with each other. I will always remember you as the kind and caring person you always were to me.
    To your children, grandchildren and siblings, I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Billy Deyeso
    Sep 11 2022

    It’s very sad to learn the passing of an amazing person and mom. Linda was like a 2nd mother to me growing up I met her when I was just 5 yrs old and spent more time in their back yard than my own. Every time I visited her she would make sure I always have a full stomach when I left her home she was an amazing cook. She will be missed by everyone and myself. It’s most difficult to see my friends Jerry and Renee lose their mom. Rest in peace Linda and thank you for many years of great memories. Huggs

  10. Janae Rodriguez
    Sep 11 2022

    To my nana… where do i even begin:( thank you for being you and being the BEST most wildest nana out there. Going thru these last few days hasn’t been easy at all for any of us. A week before you passed away you told me that i had to watch over mom and jordan. don’t worry im trying my best to take care of everyone including Cassie girl. Im going to miss our morning facetime/phone calls on my way to work, baking up a storm on the holidays, going to country concerts and the beach for our early morning sunrises or just going to get ice cream and sit on the wall for an hour or so. I hope Bella was up there and those heaven gates along with nana malden and chris to greet you. Your no longer in pain anymore nana. I hope you help guide me through where ever my life takes me and are smiling down on me as i continue to make you proud in heaven. I LOVE U TO THE MOON, THE STARS AND ALL AROUND THE GALAXY A MILLION AND ONE TIMES NANA ❤️

  11. Renee Rodriguez
    Sep 10 2022

    Mom I miss you so much. I hope heaven is as beautiful as they say it is and that you were welcomed home by Nana. OMG are you with Claire oh boy party time with the two of you dancing up a storm How lucky is Christopher to have 2 Italian chefs there with him. Mom thank you for giving birth to me. Thank you for loving me, your entire life no matter what mom/daughter head butts we got in to. Thank you for being a BADASS NANA. Most of all THANK YOU for giving us your will to fight over the last year. I know it wasn’t easy everyday for you but you pushed thru it b/c you knew you had some unfinished business that was worth fighting for
    You promised Jordan you would make it to every football game and be there to watch him graduate and Mom YOU DID IT!!! You kept your promise. Seeing you in the pain you were in over the last month was heartbreaking. I pray you are pain free, flying high, and dancing in the clouds. Fly high my BEAUTIFUL mom please watch over us. I can’t wait to hug you again someday. CIAO for now love Renee xoxoxo

  12. Mary Ellen Faysal
    Sep 10 2022

    My dearest and be longtime friend, I am so sad that you are gone, but glad you aren’t suffering in an pain anymore. You were one tough cookie through this terrible disease and tried to be strong as long as you could…but unfortunately the pain and suffering was too much. We had so many good times on the beach which I’ll treasure forever! My prayers and thoughts are with your family during this most difficult time. Soar with the Angels dear friend because now you are one!

    Love you!!

    Mary Ellen

  13. Lorraine Chabuz
    Sep 10 2022

    My heart is broken , my dear freind Linda. I am blessed that you were in my life. Working with you at Khurne @ Nagel. Was so much fun . When you moved from Malden we lost touch . You were a very wonderful person , who loved and adored her family . You had the best personality of anyone I have ever known . Always smiling and always positive . My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go home to heaven .you will not suffer anymore . So sorry you had to go thru so much suffering . Apart of me will always be with you . I enjoyed our friendship and time together . Until we meet again in heaven . You will be so missed by your children and grandchildren ❤️❤️

  14. Rosemary (Rosie) Schoville
    Sep 10 2022

    Linda was my best friend. for 40 years was the kindest most loving friend you could ever wanted to have. She was the most fantastic mother and wife and grandmother.anyone could ever ask for.her family was the most important thing to her.and we all know her family is a big one. And there all great in there own way but they all loved each other.threw the good and bad times they were there for each I other. But I have to say one thing. Her daughter Reenie no mother could one she was by her side until the end and her husband Jamie and I know Linda is smiley down on her. So to my dearest friend RIP with love always

  15. Mr.& Mrs. Peter Carlson
    Sep 10 2022

    So very sorry for you and your family’s loss. May GOD bless her soul up in heaven. Sending lots of love and giant hugs. R.I.P Linda

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