Joseph H. Gardener, Jr., 94, of Margate passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at The Shores At Wesley Manor in Ocean City, NJ.
He is survived by one daughter: Joan (Bill) Gibson of Broomall, PA and three sons: Paul (Mary) Gardener of Margate, NJ, Richard (Patti) Gardener of Palermo, NJ and Peter (Kristie) Gardener of Ventnor, NJ. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Kimberly (Mark), Daniel, Amy (Ben), Eric (Kelly), Kerry (Steve), Tara (Glenn), Kelly (Zack), Beth (Nick), Marc (Amber), Jennifer (Kyle), Megan (Tom), 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his wife: Mary Alberta “Bert” in 2001, sisters: Florence Faust, Catherine Robitalle, and Granddaughter, Kate Gibson.
Mr. Gardener was born May 22, 1923 in Atlantic City, NJ to the late Joseph H. and Mary (nee Keates) Gardener. He was a long time Margate City resident and graduated from Atlantic City High School class of 1941.
He served in the Army Signal Corp in England and France during World War II from 1943 until his Honorable Discharge in 1945.
He was proud of his military service and was involved in campaigns in Normandy, North France and Central Europe. In 2000 he was awarded the Normandy Medal.
He had worked as a Manager for NJ Bell in South Jersey for 43 years before his retirement in 1984.
He was a member of the NJ Bell Pioneers Club, an avid Eagles Fan and loved Notre Dame Football. Joe was an avid reader of American history and would not waste his time on fiction.
Mr. Gardener loved to travel and along with his Bert they traveled to all 50 states via car, bus or cruise ship and visited most of our Historic National Parks.
The Gardener family would like to thank his ling time care givers Cindy and Shinona.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 O’clock on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church Of Holy Trinity Parish, North Kenyon Avenue At Ventnor Avenue, Margate, NJ where friends may call from 9 o’clock until time of Mass.
Burial will follow with Military Honors in Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, 109 Route 50, Estelle Manor, NJ.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia Society, PO Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018 or lls.org.
Condolences may be left at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com
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