Margaret Gardocki

July 13th, 1925 to December 11th, 2014
Margaret Moruz Gardocki, 89, of Port Huron, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Marwood Manor from complications of Alzheimer’s and COPD.

She was born July 13, 1925 in Detroit in a house on Riopelle Street near the State Fair Grounds to the late William and Theresa Moruz. She married Joseph Gardocki on April 14, 1956 in Port Huron.

Her family moved to Capac where she was raised. As a child, Margaret loved to go to school and dreamed of becoming a teacher. As a young adult, she was involved in the St. Clair County 4-H program where she won several ribbons for canning and baking. She applied her 4-H knowledge and skills at her family's farm. A great cook, she loved to bake pies and cakes for everyone to enjoy, including the farm help. Some of her best dishes included stuffed cabbages, chicken paprikash, soups, and Romanian cookies and breads. She loved to laugh and was never afraid to share her opinion.

A graduate of Capac High School, Margaret worked at the Chrysler parts-depot in Marysville, MI building boxes for parts where she met her husband, Joseph. Together with Joe, she raised a family of three daughters and helped build their family business of furniture repair.

She loved working with children in the Port Huron schools. Many knew her as “Mrs. G.”; she was both a crossing guard and teacher’s aide. Never an idle hand, her hobbies included arts and crafts, knitting, crocheting, tole painting, hook rugs, petite point, crewel point, macramé, quilting and beading. She used to sew all of her own clothes until they invented polyester pants and then she was smitten with the fabric and ease of purchase.

If there was a card club in town, Margaret was a member. She loved to play euchre and pinochle. She enjoyed watching sports with her husband (both her children’s activities and the pros) as well as playing golf, bowling, and gardening. When not physically active, she enjoyed her naps as well as collecting decorative plates, coins and stamps. Her optimism always had her signing up for contests and buying scratch-off lotto tickets. For many years, she and her husband Joe enjoyed many retirement years in Florida as snowbirds.

Although the dementia took many of her memories away, her spirit and soul were always present with her wit, opinions and her love of a good belly laugh.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary (Christopher Nitto) Gardocki, Laura (Ken) Coniglio, and Theresa (Jon Stiller) Gardocki; two grandchildren, Paul and Alina Stiller; sister, Elizabeth Knop; sister-in-law, Phyllis Dodea; and special friend, Arthur Payne. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joseph; and her sister, Violet Unger.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Sunday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A scripture service will take place at 7:30 pm.

Mrs. Gardocki will lie in state from 9:30 am until the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Holy Trinity Parish St. Stephen Catholic Church. Reverend Brian K. Cokonougher will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Toys for Kids Inc., or the St. Clair County Council on Aging.

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