1940s

Thomas Giordano Panzer ’47 and Berenice Muncy Giordano Panzer ’45: A Crabapple Sparks a Romance

Thomas and Berenice Giordano are both Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene alumni. They first met when he was a soccer goalie and she was playing field hockey on the next field. A wayward puck landed on the soccer field. Thomas threw it back, noticed Berenice, and threw a crabapple in her direction for good measure, and it landed near her. The two enjoyed going out together with groups of Panzer friends, as was the custom in those days, and later became a couple. Berenice and Thomas married on October 26, 1947. They have been married for 64 years and have two children, Gail Przeclawski and Gene Giordano, two grandsons, Sean and Keith, and two great-grandsons, Nathan and Sebastian. The Giordanos live in Amityville, New York, and spend a lot of time in Orlando, Florida, where their daughter, Gail, and her family live.