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Joan J. Gardner

1936 - 2020


Joan J. Gardner, of Van Wert, died at 1:37 AM on June 5, 2020 in Van Wert.

She was born July 23, 1936 in Van Wert County to the late William J. And Anna (Rose) Shook. On October 10, 1970 she married Dwight E. Gardner who preceded her in death on May 14, 2017.

Joan is survived by her sons, Jay (Phyllis) Stephenson of Scott, Ohio and David (Sherry) Stephenson of Monroeville, Indiana; her step children, Connie (Bob) Binton of Manhiem, Pennsylvania, Ronald Gardner of...

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Patti Gardner

June 10, 2020 9:10 AM

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Patti Gardner

June 10, 2020 9:09 AM

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Laura Casillo

June 9, 2020 11:31 AM

Laura Casillo

June 9, 2020 11:30 AM

Laura Casillo, 

My dear sweet grandma, I will miss hearing your sweet voice on the phone. You were always my personal cheerleader. You always had a warm smile and a big hug for me. 
My fondest memories were spending time with you and grandpa and grandma Shook at the farm checking on the "pickles", and riding in the tractor with grandpa Gardner.  These memories and so many more I will forever keep. 
It's not good bye, but see you later.

Ron Gardner

June 9, 2020 9:02 AM

With the passing of Jo Gardner, I pause and honor Jo -- July 23, 1936 - June 5, 2020. Her last few months have been physically and mentally challenged. On the bright side, through all of these last 6 months and weeks, Jo was always looking for the bright side of life – with her family and friends. And yet, I would help her to open up and share her feelings – sadness, pain, lonely, loving life, enjoying small things and gifts from all who would visit with her – in person or by phone. So many staff and residents at Vancrest shared their smiles and greetings with Jo. She brought joy to life, enjoyed life, and love those who she knew. 
And this time and space are moving on with the Gardner lineage. With Jo’s death, she is the last survivor of the children / spouses of Ed and Estella Gardner. With sadness, I take a deep breath and think – the cycles of life. So many memories I have – farming, hoeing corn from bean fields, Hamilton Lake, big family reunions at the farm with lots of food (especially the garbage can stew), playing cards, and much more…. So, us first cousins have continued to share and reflect on our heritage when we get together and use of email.

Jo. You are missed. Love you.
The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
To shine upon you and be gracious, and be gracious unto you
The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord lift up the light
Of His countenance upon you,
And give you peace,

(I uploaded3 pictures. A couple of pictures of Jo – with me and one with Dennis and me. (Around 2017 or so I think.)
The other picture is one of all the Ed and Estella Gardner children at a Gardner reunion. (Unknown date.)

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