It is with great sadness that we share the passing of one of our founding members, Fred Gardner. Fred B. and his wife Joan, along with their family started the POHA in 1995 after their granddaughter was diagnosed with POH. They rallied the 35 or so members at the time and over the next 20 years they raised over $1 million for POH research. The POHA is forever grateful for the drive, endless work and sacrifice of Fred and his family. Fred is the reason we are the orgaqnization we are today and his legacy will live on in our efforts to find a cure for POH.
Fred B. Gardner
Fred B. Gardner, 92, avid golfer and lifelong Cubs fan, passed away peacefully in his home on November 7th. Fred was married to the love of his life, Joan Costello Gardner, for 64 ½ blessed years. After serving in the US Army, Fred had a long career in commercial real estate with the Equitable Life Assurance Society followed by the University of Chicago. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend and mentor to many.
Fred was a loving father of Tom (Alice) Gardner, Beth (Len) Piersialla, Cathy Jacobs (Bill Izzo), Ginny (Rob) Stablein, Fran (Eric) Schlesinger and Steve (Wendy) Gardner. He was the proud grandfather of Brenda Gardner, Emily, Kevin and Jason Piersialla, Tim (Meghan), Ryan, Megan and Katelyn Jacobs, Matt, Erin, Pat, Kyle, Eric and Sean Stablein, Rebecca, Annie, Rachel and Brian Schlesinger, Taylor, Madi, Brady and Riley Gardner. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Kelly and brothers Herb and Frank Gardner. He was the fond uncle and brother-in-law of too many to name.
To the end of his life, family and faith were the 2 most important things to him. He had the innate ability to make everyone around him feel special. He was the anchor for his family and arranged vacations and adventures that bonded the family together in ways seldom seen. He was a role model for his grandchildren and they cheered him on as he slowed down, just like he cheered them on throughout their lives.
In lieu of flowers, please donate memorials to POHA the 501(c)(3)organization Fred started in 1995 for medical research for POH (pohdisease.org), 1460 Bolingbrook Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43228.
Services pending at this time through Friedrich-Jones Funeral Homes and Cremation Services (www.friedrichjones.com), Naperville, Illinois
Rare Disease Awareness Day is February 28th! How will you make others aware of POH? Did you know the POHA funds a full time researcher every year by dedicating $50,000 to the University of Penn? Can you help us continue this pracitce as a dedicated researcher means so much to finding out all we can about POH? Please visit our FaceBook page for ideas on how you can help.