Paula Gardner

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  • "Wonderful couple. My sympathy at your loss."
    - Mary LaHusen
  • "Paula was such a class act. She and Don were outstanding..."
    - Judy Fortlage
  • "Thinking of you Don and Family. Paula was always so kind..."
    - Peggyt walker
  • "I knew Paula during the 1980s when we worked at the VA..."
    - Mike Eddington
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    - John Turner
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Obituary


PAULA (BRODNIAK) GARDNER
December 10, 1928 ~ April 9, 2017

My wife Paula was born in Martinez, California on December 10, 1928. I was in the Navy when I first saw her. I was attending a Serviceman's Dance and she caught my eye. She was dancing with another man and I decided to cut in. I immediately informed her that I didn't know how to dance, but perhaps we could chat instead. I must have been a pretty good talker because three months later, on September 29, 1950 we were married.

Together we raised three children: Jon, David and Ann Marie. Paula embraced her role as wife and mother, graciously guiding our family through all of life's twists and turns. Our 67 years together produced many memories that I will cherish forever. Like any marriage, there were hard times. The most difficult of these challenges was the loss of our son Jon, and daughter Ann Marie. I can say with great pride that we faced these challenges together, and came out stronger for it.

Through her loss, Paula found a new passion for helping people. She attended college and began a credentialed career in social services, working with the Veteran's Administration as an addiction therapist. She and I also worked as CASA's, court appointed special advocates for foster children. Her work brought her great joy and touched the lives of many people.

On Sunday, April 9th, I lost my beloved Paula. It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. But I am filled with a sense of gratitude for a life well lived with the woman that I love. I will forever return to that night when I asked my young love to dance. I am so glad that I cut in.

Paula is survived by her husband, Don; her son, David; daughter-in-law, Rebecca; and two grandsons, Daniel and Stephen.

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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 16, 2017
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