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Dr. John E. Gardner, Jr., 73

December 19, 2013

Dr. John E. Gardner, Jr., 73, of Brethren Village, Lancaster, PA, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Born in York, he was the son of the late John E. Sr. and Vivian R. Bricker Gardner. John was married to Elizabeth “Betsy” Lee Gardner for 50 years last June.

He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Gettysburg College in 1962 and earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1967. John worked as a chemist for Armstrong Cork Company for 2 years and then as a quality assurance director and senior staff scientist for Bayer HealthCare for 40 years. He was a member of the American Chemical Society.

John enjoyed fishing, computer electronics and visiting New Jersey beaches and marinas. Betsy and John lived in Myerstown for 40 years before moving to Brethren Village.

John is survived by his loving wife Betsy, devoted friends Bruce and Beth Ann Henning, Uncle John Rathman and many friends, and colleagues.

Betsy sends a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Brethren Village for the loving care they gave to John over the last 5 years.

A Memorial Service will be held 10 AM Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606, with Rev. J. Mark Tedford officiating. Betsy will receive friends 9-10 AM on Tuesday at Brethren Village. Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Brethren Village Endowment Fund, Attn: Development Department, PO Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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December 23, 2013

Betsy, 
I was surprised and so sorry to hear that John passed over. Mom (Miss Kitty) told me this evening while we visited at Brethren Village. Mom so appreciated his friendly ‘Bingo coupon rivalry.’ Even though unable to speak John communicated clearly with his friendly handshakes in greeting.  We, the O’Neill girls, will miss him. Our deepest sympathies, Betsy!
                                                                                                      Peg and Kitty O’Neill 

December 23, 2013

Sincere condolences from Dave and Lee Moyer and the staff at Marty’s Music Store. 

December 22, 2013

Sincere synpathy Betsy for the loss of Dr. John.  I was privileged to have been his secretary in the early part of his career with Sterling Drug, Myerstown.  He was a remarkable man in his ability to relate to all people with understanding and truly the best boss I ever had. While greatly saddened by this news, I’ll always cherish the memories of knowing both him and you,  Sincerely, Kathy Grube 

December 21, 2013

My deepet sympathy ,Betsy, reaches out to you. My heart sank this morning when I read of John’s passing.I think of him and you often. He was a wonderful gentleman. You are in my prayers.
Bob Hoffman

Visitation
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Brethren Village Chapel
3001 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17606
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Lancaster, PA 17606
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