Cynthia Ann Giglio
Cynthia Ann Giglio, of Beaumont, Texas, died Friday July 23, 2021, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Cindy was born on October 27, 1949, in Beaumont, Texas, to Milton Lopez, Sr. and Ann Broussard Lopez. She graduated from Monsignor Kelly High School in 1967 and earned a degree in Psychology from Lamar University in 1971. She and Sam were married that same year on September 25, 1971 and began their family.
Cindy was devoted to her family and gave her time and attention freely to her husband and children. She was the ideal wife, mother, and grandmother, supportive, kind, gentle, strong, loving and accepting. Her love of cooking was a gift to almost everyone she encountered. She loved everything about feeding people and shared her gift with so many throughout her life. Sunday night family dinners were a staple in her home. And she always hosted and catered holidays, birthdays, and Dallas Cowboys games during football season. She also had a passion for good music. She enjoyed a variety of styles and loved playing it loud and singing and dancing along. She is known by many to be the parent who took the kids to the rock concerts. And she always had music playing in her classroom. Cindy, like her mother, also had a strong love for the beach and the sound of the waves. She shared this love with her family and spent many summers and weekends at the beach with them. Cindy passed this love of the beach down to her children, who all continue to love going to the beach and the peace that it brings.
Cindy was a true and devout servant of God. She had an extremely close relationship with the Blessed Mother and her guardian angel, Gertrude. She attended mass regularly at the many parishes in Beaumont, TX and when out of town, attended masses at many other parishes over the years. She served the Lord fervently in her native Catholic Diocese of Beaumont all her life. Cindy volunteered her time, gifts, and spirit whole heartedly to the service of the Lord. She was a lector and Eucharistic minister, counseled in marriage preparation classes, and cooked for countless events and for the Diocesan Youth Camp. She was a certified Catechist. She worked at the Newman Center, the Catholic Student Center at Lamar University, and taught in the Catholic school system for over ten years.
Cindy taught at Monsignor Kelly High School from 1992 to 2001. She enjoyed a range of subjects including Religion, Psychology, and Journalism. And she devoted her time to sponsoring the Anchor Club, Newspaper, and Yearbook for many years. Teaching was one of the great loves of Cindy’s life. She devoted herself to making genuine connections with her students. She was considered a friend, counselor, or guide to hundreds of these students over the years, many of whom she continued to keep up with regularly throughout the years.
Cindy’s love for Camp Niwana began in the 1950s. She was a Bluebird and sold enough Camp Fire Candy to earn a week of summer camp in 1956. When her daughter Delia was old enough to go to camp, Cindy signed her up at Camp Niwana in the 1980s. Delia, Ellie, and Netty all attended Camp Niwana as campers, and continued working there every summer until the present day. Cindy joined the Camp Fire Board of Directors and has held a position on the Executive Board for over 30 years. She became the Head Cook at Camp Niwana in 1996 and has served until she became sick this summer. Cindy leaves behind a great love and devotion to Camp Niwana.
Beyond all else, Cindy was completely devoted to her family and loved them unconditionally. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Survivors include husband, Dr. Sam C. Giglio, Jr.; children, Damian Giglio and his wife, Nicole; Delia Giglio; Ellie Giglio; and Netty Giglio; grandchildren, Grant, Luke, Asher, and Scarlett; sister, Peggy Knoblock and her husband, Rick; brother, Milton Lopez, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Ann Palermo and her husband, Johnnie and Regina Giglio; nieces, Ashley Nardiello and her husband, Chris; Noel Kirby and her husband, Chad; and Courtney LaBauve and her husband, Clent; many great-nieces and great-nephews and life-long friend and honorary sister, Cecilia Ellis. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Stephen James Lopez; brother, James Gerard Lopez; and niece, Katrina Gonzales.
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Dr Robert Courville
Sam I was so sorry to learn about Cindy. I was delighted to have you guys at the beginning of your practice. My prayers are with you and your family. I know God has Cindy in His hands.
Cindy and I became friends when we worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Conpany during college.. Although we went different directions, I have always counted her as a great lifelong friend. So thankful that last year we got together with Linda LaRocca for lunch just before the pandemic. She was a treasure to all that knew her and will be missed ever day! ❤️
Thoughts and prayers for Mrs G’iglio’s entire family. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. Rock music, bluebirds, anchor club, cook and teacher are all memories of her that make me smile to this day. So many fun memories of her and her family. May she Rest In Peace.
I always loved her loud laugh.
Love you Miss Gig! Wish I could show you how much I’ve learned to cook since learning some from you at Niwana.
What a beautiful tribute! God bless Mrs. G and her family!
Mrs. Giglio was an amazing teacher and counselor. She was more than awesome. She always made the best of any awkward situation (especially with us teenage boys). Anyone can agree with me - if you had her as a teacher, you actually looked forward to her lessons! I still can’t believe she has been taken from us. I’ll always have many fond memories of her in. She always made me laugh with her quirks and her awesome sense of humor. And let’s not forget how kind and understanding she was. She will be missed dearly.
I loved Momma Gigs. She will be greatly missed on Harmony’s campus. My prayers to the Giglio family.
Thomas Rocap Jr
Love and condolences to the family. I am glad her suffering is eased and that she is in the home of the Lord.
Debbie.Rae Smith and Farrell Smith
We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for the quick and complete recovery of Sam and Nettie.. Rest In Peace., Cindy.
Diana Caldronia Scheier
The Giglio Family, I am so so sorry for your loss. I had just reconnected with Cindy on Facebook. I rememer her from high school and she was such a sweet person. I know she will missed by so many. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Jennifer Hitter Clark
Mrs Giglio was one of the most approachable people I’ve met, and definitely one of the coolest moms. I remember her eating lunch with her boys at Kelly High School and everyone stopping by just because she was there. We shared a nanny growing up, Mrs Garcia and she always spoke of the Giglio family as precious, devout Catholics. We loved the bond. May God grave her legacy she’s left behind because her memory will for sure live on.
Mike & Paula Mabry
Dear Sam, Mike & I are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you & family ,our prayers of comfort & many hugs.. ❣️
I was truly saddened to her of your passing. To those who don't know I would call you affection, "Miss Gig;" I don't know if others used this name of endearment. From what I know and remember you were a great mother and teacher. The class I was privileged to have taught by you was the "Marriage Class" (or whatever it was officially called through MKCHS. It was well known as the class that had allowed us to carry babies (dolls) around school and home and as a responsibility for so many weeks or months. In this same class, typically girls and boys too each had a time to wear an "empathy belly" (or whatever it's called to appear pregnant for a whole school day). Somehow, don't ask how, I don't remember, but I was excused of wearing it. But as for my "kids" and family dynamic assignment, I still remember I was said to have been a single dad of two (a girl and a boy). For some reason I still remember those "kid" names too. If you were to ask me. As mentioned, I do remember your love of music too, especially in the classroom. Maybe you are part of the reason why I still like 80s rock: Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, etc. Good stuff. Well, Miss Gig, you will be missed. But please know you have left behind a great loving and wonderful family. I hope and pray to follow you down not "Highway to Hell," but more like up on the "Stairway to Heaven." Here on Earth, will continue to rock on, but maybe I like to customize the phrase, let us all..."Rock Onward!" Love you, Miss Gig. Burnie
We are so sorry for your great loss. Cindy was a wonderful role model in many ways, one of which was as a faithful follower of Jesus. God bless your family with the comfort only He can give as you journey through your grief. I pray for your family and may God grant them full restoration of health.
To the Giglio family: my condolences and prayers to you all. I am a grad c/o'97 from MKCHS and I had Mrs. Giglio for marriage class and also had the pleasure of having her support while in Anchor club. She was an awesome teacher and just a great lady to talk to. She will be deeply missed.
SALVATORE ANTHONY COSTA
My wife, Josie, and myself are saddened to hear of Cindy's passing. Our prayers are with Sam and family. May the Lord help all of you at this time of sadness.
So many memories. Hard to believe Cindy will no longer be here to spread her love of God's other children and her good cheer. She was a gift to all who knew her. My sincere sympathy to Dr. Sam, Damian and her girls. She left a tremendous legacy for her family here and generations to be born.
David and Denise Farson
Sam, we are so sorry to hear of Cindy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you and give you peace.
John and Sandy white
Cindy will be missed by everyone. She was wonderful to my children, always a positive word or a compassionate hand. Every interaction a positive one. It was an honor to know her and share life’s experiences with her. We will miss her and always keep Sam and the whole family in our prayers.
So sorry to hear. The family is strong and will get through this. I know they will miss her .
So sorry for the loss of Mrs. Cynthia Giglio. Prayers for the family to be strong during their time of grief. Our hearts go out to them.