OBITUARY

Cathy Giannou

25 November, 194812 January, 2021

Cathy (Poirier) Giannou was born in Spokane, WA on November 25, 1948. She died peacefully at home at the age of 72 on January 12, 2021 after a courageous and hard-fought 3+ year battle with pancreatic cancer. She graduated from Ferris High School in 1967 and began her career of serving others, working as a nurse, realtor, and customer service associate at The Added Touch. She is survived by her husband, Tony Giannou, of 47 years, two daughters, Kelli Biggerstaff (Mike), Krisha Fouladi (Fernand) and three grandchildren Luke, Ella and Liam, all of whom she dearly loved. She is also survived by brothers Mike Poirier (Joan), Mark Poirier (Jenny), nieces Jamilyn, Jade (Mark), Jess, Morghan and Terra and many other beloved family members. She was a great mother, grandparent, sister, aunt and friend. Her friends were many and she cherished them all. Cathy will be lovingly remembered for nightly feedings of “her” deer, Gonzaga basketball games, pontoon boat rides, watching bald eagles, and supporting our Troops. Thanks to Hospice of Spokane staff for their great care of mom through her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane or to your favorite animal shelter. A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held this summer at the cabin. Those close to her will always remember, “Well anyway…”

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Gail Houghton

January 21, 2021

Cathy and I began our friendship in the 7th grade. In the 9th grade I moved to California.
Fast forward 9 years. My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and was in Sacred Heart. When I returned to Spokane, I learned that my mother was under Cathy’s care. While my mom was in the hospital, I quickly realized that Cathy was one of the most empathetic and compassionate people that I had ever known.
Cathy provided me desperately needed support. She taught me what I needed to know and do in my new role as home caregiver. When I needed to run to the store she would come in and take over. This included baby sitting because I was also a new single mom. Cathy was always there for me. She seemed to just know when I was getting overwhelmed and needed her emotional support or to lighten my day with her humor. We laughed a lot.
During the next phase of our friendship we did the things 21-year-olds do; hung out, ate out and went out. I knew when she called to see if I could get a sitter for Friday night it meant that we’d be going to the P.I. for a beer. It was during this phase of our friendship that I also got to know her family. I immediately realized Cathy had inherited their empathy, compassion and joie de vivre.
It wasn’t long before the Universe stepped in again. We began dating our future husbands about the same time. I knew right away that when she and Tony began dating their relationship was something special. Wedding bells were soon ringing. I’m not sure which face had a bigger smile; Cathy’s as Bud walked her down the aisle or Tony’s huge grin as he watched them walk toward him.
It wasn’t long before the Universe stepped in once again and our paths diverged. My family and I moved to California.

She was much more than a friend. I will always remember Cathy as the angel walking beside me through the most difficult time of my life and pulling me through to the sunshine. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Vicki Knapp

January 18, 2021

To the family of Cathy Giannou.
My sincere sympathy in your loss. I was a customer of the store where Cathy worked, only seeing her two or three times a year. We hit it off being about the same age and loving the Zags and traveling. I always had such a nice visit with her.
I have not been to the store since Covid, but will miss her friendly face when I go again.
May it comfort you to know I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Vicki Knapp

Gail Rybicki

January 13, 2021

Dearest Cathy,
Thank you for your wonderful friendship of over 60 years. You, and your family embraced me as a young girl. We had many years of fun @ the Pend Oreille River. It was you, as a friend and realitor, who found our lovely Serenity Inn on Tiger Inlet.
Four generations together.
My son Todd @ 4 years old, a ring bearer, I as a bridesmaid @ your lovely wedding to Tony. You as a Maid of Honor for me.
Our kids grew up together. To this day their friendships have blossomed. Our grandchildren played together.
Joe and I enjoyed many visits, and times together with you and Tony. Especially when we celebrated your 40th Wedding Anniversary @ our favorite CoeurdAlene Casino.
Every year, you ALWAYS called me on my birthday. I'm so glad I got to talk & share precious moments with you on the phone before you passed. I called you my "Butterfly Girl", and told you how much I loved you. We laughed together about Joe downloading all your favorite casino games on your tablet.
We are so going to miss you. I can't imagine my life without you.
You are in our hearts FOREVER...
Gail & Joe

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY