Donald "Babe" Giordano

Passed away Monday, August 10, 2020. Don was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1939. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann Chieppa Giordano; children Donna (Charles) Moesta, Paula (Patrick) Kocen; sister Kathleen Viselli; four grandchildren, Rachel Smeigh, Nathan Smeigh, Kiley (Andrew) Rogan, Kegan (Anastasia) Moesta; loving brother-in-law Joseph P. Chieppa; and sister-in-law Nikki Giordano; also nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don grew up in the Brushton area of Pittsburgh. He attended Crescent School, Baxter, Westinghouse, and graduated from Penn Hills Senior High School in 1956.

Shortly after graduation Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he served two years active duty at MCAS, Kaneohe, Hawaii and four years in reserve. Don is a lifetime member of AMVETS Post 85, White Valley, Export, PA, and a member of American Legion, Post 0274, Fort Myers, FL.

After discharge from active duty, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

He taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for thirty-two years starting at Crescent School and finishing at Grandview Elementary where he retired.

Don loved the outdoors. He had a camp in Brookville, PA. He hunted and fished in Elk County, and backpacked in Alaska. He and Pat loved traveling and settled in Fort Myers, FL.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation by mail to Semper Fi Fund 825 College Blvd Ste102 PMB 609 Oceanside, CA 92057 or online at

Friends received at William F. Gross Funeral Home 11735 Frankstown Rd. (at Rodi Rd.), Penn Hills Monday, August 17, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. We will be following COVID-19 State guidelines . A memorial service will be held at a later date.