PLYMOUTH, Wis. - John F. Gardiner, 76, of Plymouth, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Plymouth Care Center. He was born on Oct. 2, 1936, in Stephenson, son of John and Lucille (Swanson) Gardiner.
After graduating from high school, John heard the call of his country and entered the United States Army, where he served in Panama.
Upon returning home from the military, he received a teaching degree from Northern Michigan University. He taught at Escanaba Middle School and Escanaba High School for more than 36 years.
John F. Gardiner
On Dec. 22, 1979, he married Patricia Donovan at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Escanaba. The couple made their home in Escanaba and moved to Plymouth in their retirement years.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, serving as an usher since moving to Plymouth, and also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul in Plymouth.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Plymouth; his mother, Lucille Gardiner of Stephenson; three children, Sue (John) Cockrell of Pickney, Mich., John (Nora) Gardiner of Gastonia, N.C., Jeffery (Tammy) Gardiner of Escanaba; three stepchildren, Sam Trentin of Escanaba, Vicki Johns of Plymouth, Scott (Lisa) Johns of Iron River; six grandchildren, Jon Cole Cockrell of Michigan, Jenna Cockrell of Orlando, Fla., Athena Trentin of Witmore Lake, Mich., Christopher (Brandi) Trentin of Dewitt, Mich., Eric Frank of Plymouth; six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Lillian, Lucian, Logan, Trenton Cockrell, Maddie Trentin; and a brother, James (Norma) Gardiner of Stephenson.
He was preceded in death by his father, John; and a sister, Nanci Francour.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth with the Rev. Daniel Volkert officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schneider Funeral Home, 123 South Street, on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. and again on Monday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In honor of John's service in the United States Army the World's Cheese Center VFW Post 5612 will conduct military rights at the cemetery following the Mass.
Online condolences may be sent through www.schneiderlifetributes.com.