Donald Clarence Tardiff, age 78, of Gladstone passed away Friday evening, July 6, 2007 at his home.
Donald was born February 9, 1929 in Gladstone to Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Tardiff. He was a lifelong resident of Gladstone and worked for many years as a maintenance man for the Gladstone Public Schools. Donald was a long time member of All Saints Catholic Church. He served his country proudly with 28 years of military service which included the U.S Army Air Force, the Army Reserves and the Michigan Army National Guard from which he retired. He was also a member of the Rapid River American Legion Post 301. Donald enjoyed volunteering and was always willing to help others.
Donald is survived by:
2 Sons: James (Sally) Tardiff of Gladstone, William Tardiff of Rapid River
1 Daughter: Kathleen Tardiff of Escanaba
2 Granddaughters: Annie and Emily Tardiff
1 Brother: Robert (Maureen) Tardiff of Gladstone
4 Sisters: Audrey (Francis) Grenier of Escanaba, Mary Ellen (Charles) Alanko of Gladstone, Margaret Stevenson of Perkins, Barbara (Fred) Pfiester of Gladstone
Brother-In-Law: Dave Phalen of Gladstone
Sister-In-Law: Joanne Tardiff of Gladstone
Numerous Nieces and Nephews
He was preceded in death by:
3 Brothers: John, Richard and Raymond Tardiff
3 Sisters: Elaine Phalen, Beverly Maki, Kathleen Neadow
The Tardiff family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 11 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented by the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 at 4:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6:00 PM at the All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Father Arnold Grambow officiating. A luncheon will be served at the church. Donald will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.