Gertrude Mary Reardon (Mcdonald)

Passed peacefully away, at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 10, 2016, Gertrude Mary (McDonald) Reardon, 91 years of age. We are comforted knowing she will re-unite with those who have passed before her, including her husband of 64 years, Anthony (March 2015), and granddaughter, Jennifer (February 2009), parents, Maurice and Sarah (Callahan) McDonald, stepmother Bride, siblings Genevieve, Mae, Pauline, Sadie, Sister Mary Vincent McDonald, William, Patrick, Marie, and baby Angela. Leaving to mourn her loving children Gary (Theresa), Brenda (Harris Lodge), Brian, Pat (Don Cranford), Jean, Helen (Don Barrett), Tony, Marie (Paul Burt) and Anne. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Jeff Reardon, Dr. Daniel, Sara, and Julie Lodge, Christopher and Ashley Reardon, Tyler Cranford, Megan Mac Innis, Jason Waldick, Amanda Keefe, Matthew Barrett, Michael and Justin Reardon, Erin Burt, Samantha and Benjamin Baird, and 7 great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her brother and best friend, Vincent McDonald and sister in law Margaret, and members of the McDonald and Reardon families, especially her niece, Mae Simmonds, and nephew, Dominic Reardon. Also, she will be remembered fondly by her Club Crowd of more than 60 years; Amelia Nelson, Mabel Murphy, Evelyn Percy, Margaret, and Irene Sutton. Mom was born in Goose Cove, White Bay and left home to further her education and receive formal training at St. Bride’s College. After teaching in Goose Cove, Flowers Cove and St. John’s, she married her childhood sweetheart and raised her family on Portugal Cove Road, Walwyn Street, and Oakridge Drive. In midlife, she thoroughly enjoyed attending Memorial University to upgrade her teaching certificate, and returned to her profession to continue educating. Even though she raised a large family, Mom never hesitated to offer a plate of food (usually her own), and a bed (one of ours), to any family or friend that was in need. Mom’s love of gardening was admired by all and there is a piece of her labors in many flower beds throughout NL. Mom was a faithful servant in her many roles with the Mary Queen Of Peace Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Paul’s Catholic Women’s League. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Caul’s Funeral Home on Le Marchant Road. Visitation on Saturday, March 12, 2016, and Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm each day. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church, Newfoundland Drive. Flowers gratefully accepted, or donations in her memory can be made to St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation or St. Paul’s Food Bank.

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