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  • Robert “Burrell” Gardinier

  • Robert “Burrell” Gardinier, 87, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

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  • Robert “Burrell” Gardinier, 87, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
    He was born on the Gardinier Family Farm on Paradise Road, town of Danube, on Nov. 9, 1925, the son of the late John and Mary (Carrig) Gardinier. Burrell attended grade school in the town of Danube Rural School District No. 9 and then attended St. Mary’s Academy High School in Little Falls. In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving his country in France and Germany and was honorably discharged in 1946.He worked on the family farm with his parents, John and Mary, and after the death of his father, Burrell worked with his brother, Richard, and his mother on the farm until 1950 when he purchased his own farm on Johnnycake Road in the town of Danube. After returning home from World War II, Burrell also purchased a milk pick-up route to serve several farms in the town of Fairfield.He also held positions as town of Danube assessor for 23 years, supervisor for the town of Little Falls for 20 years and worked as a grounds man and bus driver for the Little Falls City School District.
    On Sept. 27, 1952 he married the former Donna Wren at St. Mary’s Church, Little Falls, and resided for 33 wonderful happy years at their home on Johnnycake Road. In 1983, he sold the farm and moved to their home at 200 O’Hara Rd., town of Little Falls. Burrell was a member of the Nowadaga Grange, Farm Bureau, New York State Association of Assessors, Association of New York Town Supervisors, lifetime member of the Little Falls VFW and a member of Holy Family Parish Council. For several years he served as a church Eucharistic minister and a Eucharistic minister at Little Falls Hospital.He enjoyed fixing things, camping, fishing (but never could catch them) and puttering around his home. He kept his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren close to his heart and nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with them.
    He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Donna; his sons, Robert, Jr. of Albany, Michael and wife Kim of Williamson, David and wife Roberta of Little Falls and William of Fairport; a daughter, Virginia M. Koch of Little Falls; his cherished grandchildren, Robert and wife, Amy Koch, Joseph and wife, Stefanie Koch, Julianne Koch, Phillip, Timothy, Michaela, Brandan, Morgan and Andrew Gardinier, his great-grandchildren, Keila, Kaidren, Kamryn, Kalissa, Joey and Avenlea Koch; his sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Rich and Alice Hysack, of Little Falls; a sister-in-law, Louise Gardinier; and many nieces and nephews.
    He was predeceased by his daughter, Ellen Margaret who passed away in 1965 at five months old; his brothers, Richard and John Gardinier; a sister, Mary Margaret Korce and in-laws, Raymond Korce, Joseph Hysack and Ceil Gardinier.
    The family will receive friends and relatives at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls (823-2424) on Monday, July 8, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burrell’s funeral service will commence on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, beginning with prayer at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the funeral home and at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Thomas Lawless, pastor. Procession will then follow to St. Mary’s Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.
    Page 2 of 2 - Those wishing to express an act of kindness may make a donation to Holy Family Parish or a charity of one’s choice in Burrell’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    The Little Falls VFW will conduct services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday evening.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. Enea, Jr., funeral director. To add to his online memorials, please visit www.eneafamily.com