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Helen E. (McKenna) Gardiner

Born: Wed., Apr. 9, 1924
Died: Mon., Mar. 11, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 14, 2019
Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Mar. 15, 2019
Location: Sts. Martha and Mary Church

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Helen E. (McKenna) Gardiner of Middleboro (formally of Easton) passed away March 11, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Earl A. Gardiner.

Born in Providence, RI, Helen was the daughter of the late James J. and M. Theresa (Kelly) McKenna. Helen was raised in Providence, RI and attended schools there. She graduated in 1946 form the Newport Hospital School of Nursing in Newport, RI . Helen was a cadet nurse and spent the last six months of training on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona.

She worked part time at the Brockton Hospital and then for the Easton School System (1974-1986) retiring in 1986.

Helen enjoyed traveling, crossword puzzles, reading but most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Carl J. and his wife Sue of Middleboro, James G. and his wife Elvira of South Dartmouth, Michael E. of Easton, Kelly and his wife Debbie of Duncan, SC, Barbara Vesey and her husband Jim of Middleboro and Christine Weiss and her husband Bill of Jackson, NJ. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her brother Gerald McKenna and his wife Maryellen of North Providence, RI and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her daughter Theresa A. Brennan, her sisters Marie Hart and Ursie Murphy and a brother James (Seamus) McKenna.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday form 4-7 PM in the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford Street Lakeville, MA.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM in Sts Martha and Mary Church in Lakeville with interment to follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at 12:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made in Helen’s name to the Sarced Heart Food Pantry, 53 Oak St., Middleboro, MA 02346 

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Victoria Kerr
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Vesey Family,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Helen was a wonderful woman and I enjoyed getting to know her a little while I visited. I still remember the first time I met her - she gave me an "Idiot test" and I failed, much to my chagrin. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this tough time.


Diane Penilla
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
To the Gardiner Family, I am so sorry for your lost. I saw Helen when she was at Chrissy's house and enjoyed her company. She will be missed by all. I do believe she will be with all of you in spirit.

Diane, Nestor & Eddie

Anne Marie Perry
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Carl, Sue, and family,
So sorry for your loss. Hold your memories of her close to your hearts.
Anne, Wayne, and the Perry boys

Jim Creek
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
I only met Helen once - maybe the first fishing trip back in 1989. She really impressed me. I'm so sorry for your loss. One condolence is that just like with my recent losses I had my brother and sister by my side, and you have a large and wonderful family - which will continue to be her tribute down through the ages. Blessings and Peace to you all as you celebrate her wonderful life.

Martha Dray
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
I love all of you, the Gardiner family and your Mom, is a reflection of you all...kind, Beautiful, funny and what the word family is all about. I have beautiful memories of your Mom that I will always treasure. God bless you forever Mrs. Gardiner 💜🙏