William O. Garden, Jr., 85

April 24, 2019

William Otto Garden, Jr., 85, born in Lancaster in 1933, passed away after brief illness on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

William was the son of the late William and Mildred Peters Garden, and was the husband of Mary Jane Garden for 47 years.

Bill graduated from McCaskey High School and from Drexel University with an electrical engineering degree. Upon graduation, he drove to California and worked for an aircraft company for 6 months, before moving to Washington DC to work for 7 years. He then returned to CA, working at Moffett Field for NASA in Mountain View, CAwhere he met Mary Jane, and were married in 1972.

Bill loved traveling, his garden, and most recently reading history books about colonial days and ancestry .com.

He is a recent convert to Catholicism and is a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his sister, Linda married to Bernie Grim, and by several nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by his brother, Donald.

Friends may visit with the family from 10-11AM on Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 with Mass to follow at 11AM. Interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. John Neumann Church Building Fund or to the Water Street Mission, 201 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

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Condolences to the Family

May 04, 2019

It was sad and surprising to read of Bill’s passing.  I was fortunate to meet him at Narfe.  We will surely miss him at our monthly meetings.  Eileen Hodgen, Treasurer, Narfe Chapter 301

April 30, 2019

MaryJane, I send my sympathies to you. If I can lend  a hand pleaae let me know.
Judy Palmer 

April 30, 2019

Please accept my condolences.  Bill contacted me several months ago about helping with his search of the family and I was out of town until this month and had planned to meet with him after our upcoming NARFE meeting to arrange a time to meet later.  So sorry I didn’t get to spend some time with him working on his history.
Sue Gregg

April 30, 2019

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, Chapter 301, extends sincere sympathy to Mary Jane and family members.
We enjoyed Bill’s company when he attended the monthly luncheons and meetings. He was a curious man and able to discuss a variety of current events. 
Chapter members will miss him.
Marsha Watson, Board Representative 

April 28, 2019

Our heartfelt sympathy to Mary Jane as she goes through this grieving period. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David Ford and Karen Patterson

Monday, April 29, 2019
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