Ethel L. Gardner

Born: Tuesday, May 27, 1924
Passed: Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Ethel Lorraine Gardner, 92, of Rockford passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2017. She was born May 27, 1924, in Potosi, WI, the daughter of Bert & Edna (Higgins) Brouillard. Ethel married Marion L. "Mike" Gardner in Dubuque, IA June 20, 1942, before he entered the U.S. Army for World War II; he predeceased her in 1977. She was an Administrative Assistant at Doane Agricultural Services for 10 years in Oregon, IL and worked several years in women's dress shops in Dubuque, IA and locally. Ethel was a member of the Eastern Star. As a child growing up on a farm near the Mississippi river Ethel dreamed of travel. To her delight, before her husband passed away they traveled throughout Europe and the United States. She was able to travel with friends thereafter. For many years Ethel enjoyed the warm and generous greetings and support of the management and staff of her favorite Rockford restaurant, the Stockholm Inn. Ethel was a devoted and loving mother to her two children, often sacrificing personally for their benefit. She is survived by her children, Larry Gardner of Grand Rapids, MI and Connie (David) Sliktas of Belvidere, IL; granddaughter, Kimberly Gardner of Gilbert, AZ and grandson, Andrew (Karen) Gardner of Phoenix, AZ. Predeceased by her parents; husband; four brothers: Dale, Burton, Claire & Robert Brouillard; and two sisters: Thelma Granes & Leila Broihahn. The family wishes to thank Transitions Hospice and Visiting Angels for their loving care during Ethel's last weeks. At Ethel's request there will be only a private burial in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Those wishing to remember Ethel may make memorial contributions to either the American Cancer Society, 4312 E State St. Suite 1, Rockford, IL 61108 or Transitions Hospice LLC, 12040 Raymond Ct., Huntley, IL 60142.

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  1. Jennie Ainsley

    I used to have coffee with Ethel several times a week at my mother in laws place across the street. I went to Stockholm Inn with her many times before I moved to Georgia. She always had her egg cooked with the yolk hard and white toast. She had an infectious laugh. I visited her in the summer of 2016 while staying at my son's. She did not answer her door at Christmas 2016, when I returned for another visit. I worried about her then. I just learned of her passing and couldn't fight back the tears. I pray she is having coffee with my mother in law, Bess in heaven. I miss our times together.

  2. Chris Orr

    I will truly miss Ethel and her warm smile. She and I have had many conversations over the years and after talking to Ethel it always made me giggle because she was always light at heart. In the last few weeks however it was I that would try and cheer her up, because she would look so sad. It just broke my heart. She was so full of life...I think she still felt young even though her body was failing her. She would always say to me...well I am 92 years old after all, it was like she couldn't believe that she was that age. We will miss her here at the Stockholm Inn, not many people have that kind of personality that just makes you feel good! Sympathies to the family...Chris

  3. Marcie Gailey/Stockholm Inn

    So sorry for the loss of your mother, Ethel will be greatly missed by those of us at Stockholm Inn restaurant. We always thought it was so cute how Ethel would always want to be sat in the middle of the dining room so that she could be around all the people and watch them. Her favorite place to sit during the holiday season was right by the Christmas tree, she said she felt like she was sitting in her own living room at home. The last time I saw Ethel was about 2 1/2 weeks ago when I was cashing her out at the register, she lingered for quite a while as she grabbed a hold of my hand and shared with me how she felt like she didn't have much time, I took extra time with her knowing that it might be the last time I would see her. There was a woman in line behind Ethel and I was hoping that she would understand the extra time I was taking with her, as Ethel walked away that day I fought back the tears, and the woman next in line had heard the whole conversation and commented on what a dear sweet woman she was, and I shared with her how she was indeed a dear sweet woman. Your mom was obviously so proud of her two children, she would talk so lovingly about you. I pray that your mom has found comfort in the arms of Jesus and is finally at rest.

  4. Nancy & Nelson Cappy

    Wishing peace at this time. We miss Ethel very much.

  5. Bob & Carol Melito

    Connie & Dave, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ethel. Ethel was a wonderful neighbor and we always enjoyed talking with her. We will miss seeing her working in her beautiful yard and her little black car coming and going multiple times per day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. James & Cindy DeMoss

    We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

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