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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Margery Gardow

Margery P. Gardow (Peters)

December 7, 2019
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Margery “Margie” Hart Peters Gardow, 85, of Simsbury, wife of the late Ernest Bernhard Gardow, PhD., P.E., died Saturday, December 7, 2019 after a short illness at the Governor’s House in Simsbury. She was born May 16, 1934 in Bellefonte, PA, daughter of the late William Hart and Pearl Cecilia (Hawkins) Peters and had lived in Buffalo, NY prior to moving to the area and settling in Simsbury 61 years ago. She was a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Class of 1956, having received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Granby, the Simsbury Senior Stitchers and was a 27-year member of the Alpenland Tänzer Schuhplattler Group in New Britain, where she embraced her husband’s Bavarian cultural roots. Margery was the Founder of the International Women’s Club in Hartford, was an ESL Instructor, taught German through the Department of Continuing Education in Simsbury, volunteered at the University of Hartford where her husband was a professor for many years and was a lifelong Girl Scout counselor and volunteer. She had a passion for different cultures and their peoples and languages, enjoyed folk music and dancing, yodeling, accordion and piano playing, enjoyed traveling in Europe, Asia and North America and was a master crochet crafter.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Kathryn Gardow and her husband David Bradlee of Seattle, WA, Eva Gardow of Kinnelon, NJ, Polly Gardow Rice and her husband Bill of West Simsbury and Peter Gardow and his wife Cheryl of Wethersfield; her grandchildren, Margot Gardow, Will Rice, Hawkins Gardow, Pearl Bradlee, Liza Rice, Marcus Bradlee and Julia Gardow; her siblings, Carol Peters Hoeckley and husband Bert and Mary Louise Peters Quinn; Ernie’s twin sisters, Suzie Endres and husband Don and Elly Frauenhofer and husband Andy and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Ty Dewhurst.

Her family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Friday, December 13th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A memorial service will be celebrated at 2pm on Saturday, December 14th at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road in Canton. Margie’s family would like to thank the caring staff of the Governor’s House for their kind attention given to their Mom. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Ernest B. Gardow Scholarship Fund, University of Hartford, Office of Institutional Advancement, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117. Please visit Margery’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    December 13, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    December 13, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    December 14, 2019 | 2:00pm
    December 14, 2019 2:00pm
    First Congregational Church of Canton Center
    184 Cherry Brook Road
    Canton Center, CT 06020
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    Rev. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza


Donations are being accepted for: Dr. Ernest B. Gardow Scholarship Fund.


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Harald Sandstrom

Posted at 08:42pm
I celebrate especially Marge's and Ernie's devotion to international students. Having been one, I know the sometimes lonely struggle to come to grips with new mores and folkways, not to speak of language. Thank you, Marge, for your care and feeding of these vulnerable souls, and for your appreciation of what they had to offer their host country/culture. And how I wish I had heard you yodeling!

Polly Rice Posted at 12:50pm

Dear Harald - thank you for your kind words about my parents. They brought us kids up with an appreciation for the world and its cultures. Mom was so pleased to identify her final caregivers by what country they were from. She loved knowing people's history. She didn't do much yodeling at the end, but always had a song for every story. I hope this finds you well, Polly Gardow Rice, U of H 1985

Elaine Lubin

Posted at 11:46am
Becky and I are so sorry to hear of Marge's passing. We send our deepest condolences to Kathryn, Eva, Polly, Peter, the extended Gardow family, and Marge's sisters. My late husband Barry knew both Ernie and Marge back in the Hamilton Standard days, and that friendship continued through many years. They were the first to visit us when we moved into our old house in Hartford, and Marge soon recruited me for the International Ladies Circle. Our family has many happy memories of those cordial meetings and dinners, and I still have the ILC cookbook that was published largely through Marge's initiative. My daughter Becky first met the Gardows as a small baby, and had a lot of fun playing with the "older kids," which she thought gave her considerable status. Although the years have passed much too quickly, and we have lost too many good people, we will have all of these memories to sustain us. Elaine Lubin

Polly Rice Posted at 12:46pm

Dear Elaine and Becky - thank you for your thoughts about Mom. You and your family were important people in Mom's and Dad's life - I think the last time we saw you was at Dad's memorial service. The many decades of friendship were treasured by Mom and all of us kids. We hope you are well. Fondly, Polly

Kirk Smith

Posted at 05:30pm
What a happy lady! She was a pleasure to talk with and always brought her smile with her. She had a genuine love for her family and cherished her time with them. The smith family will miss our neighbor.


Polly Rice Posted at 12:42pm

Hello Kirk, thank you for your kind words about Mom. You and the other neighbors were so thoughtful and generous to her. We are grateful! As I mentioned to you, she loved the "sideways" snowman you built with Dean - it brought her so much Joy! See you around the neighborhood, Polly

Barbara Merkelson

Posted at 10:07am
Marge's spirit was such a part of our chair yoga class. Her wonderful stories & pictures of monarchs "unfolding " as well as her gift to me from her monarch plant mean so much more now. I extend my sympathy to the Gardow family from one member of her yoga family.
Barbara Merkelson

Polly Rice Posted at 12:41pm

Hello, Barbara, thank you for your kind words about Mom. She loved chair yoga - she would move appointments around in order to attend. Her butterflies brought her so much joy - and she shared that with you and many around her. She will be greatly missed. Best regards, Polly Gardow Rice

constance keedle

Posted at 11:58am
Your mom was so enthusiastic about teaching Griffin the accordion, and he had a lot of fun learning from her. She was a great conversationalist and she always had interesting tidbits to share about other cultures. We both loved her visits with us. I'm so sorry for your loss and want you to know that I really appreciated your mom's influence on Griffin's life and my own. She was a lovely person and quite a character!

Polly Rice Posted at 12:38pm

Thank you, Connie, for your kind words. I'm so glad you got to know Mom and her love of the accordion! Griffin benefited from her love of music - he can carry that forward! xo, Polly

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