Thelma Giardina, 85


Marlborough – Thelma (DiMaio) Giardina, 85, died peacefully at home Wednesday July 6, 2011, after several months of failing health.

Born in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Concetta (Sarnie) DiMaio. She was married to Leo P. Giardina from 1946 until his death in 1982. In 1992, she married Anthony Ferrante, who died in 2000.

A graduate of Fitton High School in East Boston, she earned a degree in court reporting from LaSalle College, Auburndale, and began working for the U.S. Government. After raising her children, she returned to work and was employed through the years at Raytheon, RCA, and as an executive secretary for the Digital Equipment Corporation until retiring in 1986. She had also served as secretary for the late Frank Kelleher during his term as Mayor of Marlborough.

Mrs. Giardina and her late husband Leo had owned and operated the Marlborough Sportswear Company.

She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother, who enjoyed her home, cooking and spending time with her family and friends, as well as reading and traveling.

She is survived by her children, L. Paul Giardina and his girlfriend Marilyn Borowski, Karen Lee Mulvey and her husband Robert, and Kenneth Joseph Giardina and his wife Karen, all of Marlborough; her grandchildren, Cory Lee Liimatainen and her husband Derek of Rutland, Tim Giardina and his wife Maya of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sara Beth Mulvey and her fiancé Erick Godin of Worcester, Mark Joseph Giardina of Marlborough, Tina Nicole Petty and her husband Scott of Marlborough; and three great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her stepchildren, Robert Ferrante and his wife Tina of Plympton and Joseph Ferrante from Weymouth; her stepgrandchildren, Marc Anthony Ferrante of Plympton and Jeffrey and Ashley Ferrante of Weymouth; her sister, Mary Dion of Newton; her brother, Anthony DiMaio and his wife Jean of Haverhill; her sister-in-law, Mary Dimaio of South Yarmouth; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Marcia Dunnells of Hudson. She was also the sister of the late William Di Maio and Eva Montano and her husband Joseph.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday July 9, at 12 p.m., at St. Matthias Church, 409 Hemenway St., Marlborough. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery on Wilson Street. Visiting hours will be held Friday July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. For online condolences, please visit

Donations may be made to NKF Serving New England, 85 Astor Ave., Ste 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.