Karen Giordano (nee Phipps) age 49 of Chesterton, Ind., formerly of
Merrillville, Ind., passed away on December 18, 2013, after a courageous
battle against breast cancer.
Karen is survived by her husband, John Giordano III; daughter, Samantha
Giordano and son, John “Jack” Giordano IV all of Chesterton, Ind.; mother Š
Joyce Nutt of Crown Point, Ind.; sisters Š Janie (Thomas) Bell of Magnolia,
Texas, Laura (Michael) Ryan, Valparaiso, Ind., Kay (Jose) Ramirez, Munster,
Ind., and Nancy (David) Sternberg, Solon, Ohio; mother and father-in-law Š
John and Nicki Giordano, Crown Point; brothers-in-law - Doug (Sue) Giordano,
Crown Point, Dave (Jen) Giordano, Schererville, sisters-in-law - Jill
(Steve) Eichler, Crown Point, Amy (Bryan) Hudson, Gentry, Arkansas, many
special nieces and nephews who are dearly missing their “Aunt Bea”; and
beloved four-legged friend, Otis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Sam Phipps and step-father, Robert
She was a graduate of Andrean High School, class of 1983. She attended
Indiana and Purdue Universities and earned a degree in Safety Engineering.
Karen was employed by Amerisure Insurance as a Safety Consultant. Karen
loved spending time with family and friends. She had a great sense of humor,
loved to have fun, and enjoyed music. Having spent most of her life in NW
Indiana, Karen developed a deep appreciation of Lake Michigan and its
Karen was a loving mother, devoted wife and caring friend to many. She will
be remembered by all who loved her as someone who knew how to be a friend.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Burns
Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, Rev. G. Thomas Jones officiating.
Friends are invited to meet with Karen’s family on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 1-8
p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions
may be made to Phight Like a Phipps Girl for her children’s education.