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Obituary for Nancy Marie Girardot

February 27, 2018
Bay Village, Ohio


Nancy Marie Girardot (nee Dilauro), a native of Bay Village, passed away on Tuesday from complications related to Leukemia. She had just turned 68. The many people who loved her knew Nancy as Nanny, Nana or Nannygoat. To her great love, Richard Girardot, she was simply, Nance. After being set up on a blind date in 1970 while Rich was stationed with the USCG in Cleveland, Nancy and Rich were married at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. They lived in Michigan, South Carolina and Kentucky before returning to Bay Village in 1985. They remained married for 45 years until Rich's passing in 2016. Nancy graduated from Bay High School in 1968, eventually obtaining a nursing degree from Jane Addams Nursing School in Cleveland. Taking care of others endeared Nancy to many. She worked in various capacities at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village for over 25 years but it was her role as a nurse and later, Admissions' Coordinator, that she considered her life's calling. She would lovingly refer to families dealing with the difficult task of moving a loved one into a nursing home as "her families" and she found joy in comforting people through that difficult journey. Nancy was exceptional at many things, not the least of which was her professionally-trained skills in the culinary arts, leading her to own a catering company and a restaurant. She was a lifelong gourmand who relished the opportunity to create lasting memories by throwing dinner parties for family and friends. Nancy was also proud of her Italian heritage and lived la dolce vita-- enjoying visits to local farms, baking for friends and tending to her flower garden. Always the first on the dance floor, her mastery of the electric slide was well regarded in Westside social circles. A raspy voice was Nancy's calling card, and surprising to some, quite often her contagious laugh was directed at movies that explored dark comedic themes. Nancy was an independent film enthusiast who would regularly frequent the Cedar Lee Theatre and Capitol Theatre. She was also an ardent supporter of the Cleveland Film Festival and volunteered at the Christ Child Society and Museum of Divine Statues. The highlight of Nancy's week was the arrival of the Sunday New York Times and she religiously read the Cleveland Plain Dealer front to back, including the obituary section-- of which she considered herself the ultimate critic. This fact is in no way intimidating for those tasked with memorializing her rich life upon her passing. Nancy is predeceased by the other loves of her life, her daughters Gina Girardot Melton (Jason) and Theresa A. Girardot and grandsons Henry and Charles Melton. Her family was the apple of her eye and the example of kindness and selflessness she set as a mother and Nana will live well beyond her physical life. Nancy is also survived by her brothers Michael A. Dilauro (Jan) and Charles Dilauro as well as her sister Angela Nally (William). Her parents, Angelo Dilauro and Anna Dilauro (nee Anguilano) also predecease her. Nancy was a devout Catholic who always endeavored to walk in the path of the Lord. Please join her family for Mass of the Christian Burial on Monday, March 5th at 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 32929 Lake Road, Avon Lake, Ohio. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Avon, Ohio, following Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Nancy's memory to Museum of the Divine Statues. 12911 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107. 440-933-3202

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