By The Mercury

Giovanna Barlow, 89, died Sunday at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

Giovanna was born March 5, 1925, in Plezo, Italy, which is now Yugoslavia.  She was united in marriage to Don Barlow in Trieste, Italy, in 1952.  Her parents were Ivan and Katarina Saboric of Bovec, Italy. They preceded her in death.  Her husband, Don, passed away on Dec. 7, 1998.  She is survived by a sister, Ada Morini; and a nephew, Marco Stergulz, all in Italy.

Giovanna had many friends who loved her dearly and who mourn her passing.  Giovanna was very kind and had a great sense of humor and a very caring heart.  She was a gracious hostess and enjoyed visiting about the things she experienced in her life as a young girl.  Before her health deteriorated, she enjoyed swimming and walking.  Her husband was the “chef” in the family, but he always gave the credit to Giovanna, as though she had prepared the meal.  They had a great love for one another.

Giovanna was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Senior Center.  Before her retirement she was employed at Kansas State University and the Manhattan Police Department.  She also babysat for several families in Manhattan.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 

Memorials can be made to the Hospice House or the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter of Manhattan. Contributions may be sent in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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