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Jan. 18, 1923 – Feb. 27, 2014

Josephine M. Giordano, a retired Merrill Lynch executive, died Thursday at Canterbury Woods Retirement Community, where she had lived the last five years. She was 91.

Mrs. Giordano began her career with Merrill Lynch in the Buffalo office in 1954 in the bookkeeping department.

In 1958, she was promoted to the operations manager role and transferred to the Pasadena, Calif., office.

In 1967, the Buffalo office was run by William Schreyer, who would later become the chairman and chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. He asked Mrs. Giordano, who was known as “Mrs. G” in the office, to join his management team.

In 1969, she was elected a stockholder of Merrill Lynch. Being a stockholder at the time, before Merrill Lynch was a public company, was equivalent to being a partner. She was the first female operations manager in the company to be elected a stockholder.

In later years, Mrs. Giordano was promoted to the position of administrative manager of the Buffalo complex. She retired in 1990.

She also was active in volunteer work and enjoyed playing bridge.

Survivors include a daughter, Maria Dameron; a sister, Connie Termini; a brother, Louis Acquista; and three grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Delaware Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St.