Patricia Gardner Pardee, 94, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, at the Holmstad Retirement Community. Patricia was born October 23, 1922 in Long Branch, NJ, the daughter of John Henry and Mercedee (Crum) Gardner. She graduated from the National Cathedral School in 1940 and earned an A.B. from Vassar College in 1944.
In 1944 – 45, she served as a U.S. Navy WAVE. For twelve years, she was the administrative assistant to the president of a manufacturing company in New Jersey. During the almost fifty years she lived in Batavia, she was an enthusiastic volunteer in social justice, education, and community service organizations. With her beloved husband Schuyler, she traveled to all fifty states and to destinations on four continents. At Vassar, she made lifelong friends, and regularly attended class reunions, the last, her 70th, in 2014. Throughout her life, she was generous in the service of causes she loved.
She was united in marriage to Schuyler Pardee, Jr., on November 2, 1965, in Reno, NV. An earlier marriage to the late Carl D. Haneline ended in divorce.
She is survived by children Douglas Haneline (fiancée – Melissa Youngman), of Grand Rapids, MI, and Patricia Haneline (Alan Kozikowski), of Chicago, IL; stepchildren William Pardee (Marylin Beck) of Westport, MA, Thomas Pardee of Dunedin, FL, and Katharine Pardee (Ian Walmsley) of Oxford, England; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Schuyler, a brother, John Underhill Gardner; a sister-in-law, Virginia K. Gardner; a daughter-in-law, Ellen J. Haneline; and two stepsons and one step-grandchild.
A memorial service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 11 am, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL, with Reverend Michael Rasicci presiding. The family will greet friends at the church in the hour preceding the service.
Memorial contributions in Patricia’s memory may be directed to Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604; or Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL 60510.
For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Homes 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com