Nov. 22, 1932 – Feb. 9, 2013
Patricia A. Gardon, an office manager and longtime volunteer, died Saturday in her Kenmore home after a short illness. She was 80.
Born Patricia Kelly in Buffalo, she grew up in Black Rock and graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy in 1950. From 1983 to 2003, she was office manager for Atlas Van Lines on Great Arrow Avenue.
A Kenmore resident since 1973, she was treasurer of the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes from 1984 to 1986 and received the Lou Benfanti Memorial Award from the group in 1986 for her efforts. She also was active in the St. Paul’s Home School Association, the Cardinal O’Hara Home School Association and the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumni Association.
A dedicated volunteer, she regularly answered phones at the WNED telethons and helped out at the station’s community activities. For her work there, she received the USA Freedom Corp. President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Mrs. Gardon also volunteered at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where she was recognized for giving more than 1,500 hours of services. She helped Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels from 2002 to 2005. She also volunteered at Bedford’s Greenhouse.
She was an active parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church in Kenmore and served in various offices as a board member of the Women’s Sodality. She also was a collection counter and a member of the Seniors Group, the Book Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Conference.
Her husband of 14 years, Joseph S. Sr., died in 1973.
She is survived by two daughters, Therese Clare and Claire Reynolds, and five sons, Joseph Jr., William, Richard, David and Christopher.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in St. Paul’s Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.