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Jean (Pendleton) Gardiner

Jean (Pendleton) Gardiner
  • November 23, 1920 - February 6, 2017
  • West Newton, Massachusetts

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West Newton – Mrs. Jean (Pendleton) Gardiner, of West Newton, died Monday, February 6, 2017 at her home. She was 96.

Jean was born on November 23, 1920 in Winter Harbor, Maine, the youngest of eleven children born to the late Frederick and Elvira Pendleton. She was a graduate of Winter Harbor High School where she captained the girls' basketball team.

She lived in Waltham before moving to West Newton more than fifty years ago and until her retirement worked for BayBank and its predecessor bank, Newton-Waltham Bank.

Jean was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had a passion for reading and loved a good mystery. She loved poetry as well and would often quote a verse spontaneously from memory. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband, Jack. Together they explored the country and the world including visits to Europe, South America and Australia. They also enjoyed cruising, notably to Alaska, the Mediterranean, and to various Caribbean Islands. Of all he places she traveled, Jean loved England the most.

The wife of the late Richard J. "Jack" Gardiner, she leaves her children, Valerie M. Hunt of Boston, Sandra L. Flanagan of West Newton, Sharon L. Bird of West Newton, Marcia A. Balducci and her husband, James, of Woburn, Janice M. Benes of Ashland, Diana M. Chagnon and her husband, Robert, of West Newton, Walter A. "Al" Bird of West Newton and Carolyn A. Fandel of Waltham and fifteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jean was also the mother-in-law of the late Walter Hunt and Albert Flanagan and a sister of the late Maisie Lee, Martin Pendleton, Nathaniel Pendleton, Frederick Linden Pendleton, Iris Newman, Mamie Desestrait, Lois Hammond, Frances Clark, Natalie Bjorkgren, and Charles Pendleton.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jean's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, February 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Mount Feake Cemetery, 203 Prospect Street, Waltham where graveside services will be held at 12 noon.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Community Care, 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.