- October 3, 1923 - January 28, 2017
- West Newton, Massachusetts
of Ethel's Passing
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“Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers from all of us here in Dublin Shore!! God Bless!
1 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Hirtle - Friend
“john and wolfie,so sorry to hear about your Mothers passing. It's tough losing a parent,be good to each other, family is so strong.
2 of 14 | Posted by: A friend
“Dear George and Ginny,We are so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our prayers.Love,Stephanie and Mike
3 of 14 | Posted by: Stephanie DiMasi - Bristol, NH
“George, I'm so sorry for your loss.love Donna & Sophia
4 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Gilberto - Bristol, NH
“Dear Ginny & George & The Gardener Family!Roger & I are very Sorry for your loss!In the 33 years that We lived on William Street, We always said how...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Roger & Mary Ann Marrazzo - MA
“Patti I am so sorry at the loss of your Mother my prayers are with you and your family.
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Davis - Marlborough, MA
“Dear Patti, Nils and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Ethel was a wonderful, funny, kind person. It was a privilege to know her. We will...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Amy and Paul Hendrick Blow
“To all of the Gardner family - We were so sorry to hear about Ethel's passing. She was a really lovely...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Brandon - Magliocca - MA
“Dear Ethel, Susan, Doug, Paul, Rebecca and Rachael, I am so sorry about your mother/grandmother's passing. I've been hearing stories from Susan for...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Patti Sacco - Walpole, MA
“George & Ginny ..Our deepest sympathies ..we will pray that the peace of the Lord surround you..bringing comfort to your anguished hearts...during...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Antoinette Tworkowski - Seymour, CT
“Mike, Diane and Family,We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Laureen and Pat
11 of 14 | Posted by: A friend
“So sorry to you Ginny/George and the rest of your family. From everything you told me about your Mom she must have been an amazing woman. After all...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Terry Sauro - Newton, MA
“Dear George, Patty and family,So very sorry to read about the passing of your mom.Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
13 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Cononico (MacLeod) - FL
“I heard so many wonderful things about Grandma Gardner. God Bless her and family through this difficult time and hold onto those amazing memories as...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Tammy Bennett - Waltham, MA
West Newton – Mrs. Ethel M. (Massie) Gardner, of West Newton, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sunrise of Wayland. She was 93.
Ethel was born in Newton on October 3, 1923, a daughter of the late George and Ethel (Greene) Massie. She graduated from Newton High School in 1941 and two years later married her sweetheart, Waltham native Henry W. Gardner, in Saint Bernard's Church in West Newton. At the time of their marriage Henry was serving with the United States Marine Corps and after his discharge from the service at the end of World War II the couple made West Newton their lifelong home.
Until her retirement Ethel worked as a manager for the New England Telephone Company and before that worked for a number of years as a telephone operator.
Ethel will long be remembered as a terrific wife, devoted mother and proud grandmother. She made her role as a homemaker; head chef and baker; and indispensable nurse look easy for the nine children who filled her busy home. She lived the words of Saint Francis . . . "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
Her joy was made complete when the family was made richer by the addition of twenty-one grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She and Henry tried to attend as many sporting events, school plays and recitals as time would permit and after her Henry died in 1986 Ethel continued to fulfill her duties as family matriarch beautifully.
She was a lifelong parishioner at Saint Bernard's Church where she was a Eucharistic minister for many years.
In addition to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, she leaves her children, Ethel M. Mauder of Brighton, Susan Ratta and her husband, Tony, of Dunedin Florida, H. William Gardner and his wife, Kathy, of Danvers, George Gardner and his wife, Ginny, of Newton, Patti Gardner Arnheim of Wayland, Cathy Ross and her husband, Barry, of Kennebunk Maine, Michael Gardner and his wife, Diane, of Dedham, John Gardner and his wife, Kelly, of Berlin, and Beth Dowdy and her husband, Craig, of Framingham; her sister, Joan Mahoney of Harwich and many nieces and nephews.
Ethel was also the sister of the late Barbara Devoe and Lorraine Hartman.
Family and friends will honor and remember Ethel's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, February 3rd, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Bernard's Church, 1523 Washington Street, West Newton where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o Corpus Christi/Saint Bernard Parish, 1523 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465.