Barbara Gardner

Barbara Ann "Barb" Gardner (Patnode)

Thursday, September 29th, 1932 - Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
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On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Barbara A. Gardner, 86, daughter of Elmer and Mildred (Hoag) Patnode, passed away peacefully at the Alice Center nursing home in Malone N.Y.

Barbara was born in Saranac Lake on September 29, 1932 and grew up in Vermontville with her Aunt Florence and Uncle Bill Boyea after the untimely deaths of her parents.

She worked various local odd jobs including the Troy Laundry and Stony Wold Sanatorium in order to buy a car and move to Rochester, NY with her best friend and cousin June Begor. Shortly after moving she met and married her husband Joseph "Bud" Gardner in May 1959. They settled in Macedon, N.Y. a few years later with their son. She worked at Bausch & Lomb making prescription eye glass lenses for a short time before getting a job at a General Dynamics electronics plant where she was chosen for her specific skills to make some of the communication equipment for the astronaut’s helmets that landed on the moon in 1969.

In 1972, they moved to Vermontville where she worked as a Saranac Lake Central School bus driver until her retirement in 1991.

She will be remembered as a kind, gentle and lively spirited wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Her hobbies included working with power tools and hand tools to build or repair things, drawing and painting, gardening and putting puzzles together. She loved her family and pets unconditionally right up until dementia robbed her of those memories. She will live on in our hearts and memories as her spirit will be reunited with her husband and relatives that passed before her.

Barbara is survived by her son Ron (JoAnn) Gardner; her granddaughters Megan (husband Chris) Czadzeck; Brittany (husband Dane) DeGrace; her great-grand daughters Sophie, Grace, Addison and Tessa; her sisters Marion Callaghan (Lake Clear) and Grace Boyer (Florida) along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brother Robert Patnode and baby siblings.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. At her request there will be no services. Anyone wishing to remember Barb may make memorial donations to St. Bernard’s School in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at
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Peg Kelly

Posted at 09:05am
Ron and saddened to read about your mom Barbara. I got to know her some when she and my mom met at the Assisted Living wing at The Alice Center. Both were wanderers and often I would find Barbara in my mom's room or vice versa! They seemed to enjoy each other's company. This continued when they were both moved to the Memory Unit. JoAnn, I know we just talked a while ago about your mother-in-law. I had not seen her since she was moved out of the Memory Unit and was glad to hear she was still there at the Alice Center but her quality of life had changed quite a bit. From reading the obituary, she enjoyed life with interesting hobbies and had a caring family. Thinking of you and your family.
Peg Kelly

JoAnn Posted at 01:22pm

Peg, Thank You so much, She did love life especially my girls and the 3 grandchildren before the illness took her over, We now have Brittany's little one , that we will make sure she knows about, Peg good luck with your Mom and hope that one day they will continue their " company"again Thanks again Peg

Lora Brown

Posted at 03:25pm
Barb was the best of the best of bus drivers. ALways had a cheerful and positive attitude and never let the politics of the job affect her. She was a pleasure to work with and had a fine sense of humor and dedication to the many lives she touched each day. She was appreciated and loved for her service and will always be remembered as the Best of the best. Rest in peace until we meet again....


Posted at 09:32pm
Barb was the best Mother-in -law a girl could ever ask for . The last 37 years Barb and I would talk, cry and laugh together but I never had to worry if I needed someone she was always there. Barb may the suffering you endured be over and may the life you have now be happy with the family and friends that passed before you , I will take care of your son like I promised the day I married him , and together we will love and take care of your granddaughters and great-granddaughters the way you would have wanted. May you now rest in peace, Love you , your favorite daughter in law JoAnn XOXO


Posted at 05:11pm
May the family of Barbara Ann Gardner please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29.

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