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Mavis Loraine Giardino
(01-16-1929 - 09-07-2018)

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Mavis Loraine (Dahlgren) Giardino, 89, died peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2018. She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and friend to many. Mavis was born January 16, 1929, in Rockford, Illinois. Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Giardino, by her parents, Aldrich & Amanda Dahlgren, her beloved sister, June (Dahlgren) Danekas. Mavis spent much of her life in Elgin, Illinois. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1947. She was crowned Ms. Elgin American later, a distinction she enjoyed and had a lot of fun with. She married the love of her life, Peter Giardino on July 14, 1956, after his return from service in WWII. They were faithfully married until Peter’s passing in 1997. Mavis had a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the Rockford area, as well as a nephew, Gary Danekas and wife Denise in Las Vegas, NV. Mavis was a loving mother to Mike, Tom, Tim and Dave to whom she dedicated boundless energy and support. She was active in her community as a member of several community groups including: American Legion, Friends of Judson, Red Hat Society, Elgin High School Reunion Committee, and Beaux Arts Society. She was a member and active volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church and later returned to her church home at the Evangelical Covenant Church, in Elgin. She often participated in community service projects benefitting women and children, raising funds for college arts scholarships and supporting the betterment of the veterans of the Elgin community. Mavis was a talented cook, something her friends and family enjoyed tremendously. As a stay at home mother, she was a sought-after wedding cake designer and baker, a part-time business she ran from her home. As the children got older, she ran a business, supporting a number of chiropractors and the administration of their business office. Mavis was passionate and generous with her love and support of family and friends and deeply dedicated to her faith. Her optimism, quick wit, gentle strength, generosity and warm smile will be missed. She is survived by her 4 sons, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 1565 Larkin Ave, Elgin Illinois from 10 to 11 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM, and reception at the church, thereafter. For those wishing to memorialize Mavis’ life, please donate to a charity dear to you and in Mavis’ name. Laird Funeral Home, Elgin is assisting the family. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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