Eileen Ruth Gardiner, 80, of Findlay, Ohio died at 12:12 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2009 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. Eileen was born on February 28, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio to Orlando Nelson and Florence Ruth (Main) Grover. She married Dee K. Gardiner on June 11, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green, Ohio and he survives. Other survivors include her children, Jeffrey Alan Gardiner (Darlyn), El Paso, TX, Steven Craig Gardiner, Melbourne, FL, Carol Eileen Espen, Washington Township, N.J. and Nancy Lynne White (Jeffrey), Round Rock, TX; grandchildren, Hallie, Ethan, Sarah, Scott, Matthew, Lauren, Chelsea and Brianna; four great grandchildren; her twin sister, Eleanor Puckett, Beaumont, TX and sister, Pat Graham, Adrian, MI. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Howard Grover.
Eileen was a 1946 graduate of Bowling Green High School and she had attended Bowling Green State University. She had been employed in sales at LaSalles, downtown Findlay and at Elder Beerman's. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church; a twenty-five year member of the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary, which involved working at the Nearly New Shoppe and she was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity through her church. Eileen enjoyed her family and golfing.
The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dan Hrach, officiating. Inurnment will be in the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. Visitation hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Avenue; Findlay, OH. Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane; Findlay, Ohio 45840, First Presbyterian Church, 2330 South Main Street; Findlay, Ohio 45840 or to Cancer Patient Services, 1800 North Blanchard Street, Suite 120; Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences may be sent via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com