Audrey Bardo, of 12 Park Ave., Falconer, NY, passed away peacefully from this earthly life Tuesday evening, August 1, 2017, at the home of her oldest son, Sam, with her family at her side. The family is truly grateful to Chautauqua Hospice for the support and comfort they provided during Audrey's last days.
Born on May 1, 1921, to parents Harold Benson and Ester Hopkins Benson, Audrey lived her entire life in Falconer and graduated from Falconer High School in 1939. She married John S. Bardo on September 2, 1949 and together they raised two sons: Samuel H. and Jonathan M. Audrey worked in the accounting dept. of Falconer Glass for over 40 years, retiring in 1989.
Aside from her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by her husband John in 2002, her son Jonathan in 2012, her brothers Robert and George Benson and brother-in-law, Les James and sister-in-law's, Maryann Benson and Ginny Benson. She is survived by her son Samuel (Sherrie) Bardo, her grandson Jordan (Ashley) Bardo, her daughter –in-law, Laura Bardo, her granddaughter Nicole (Craig) DeGolier and great-granddaughter Arryanna and great-grandsons Matthew and Jonathan DeGolier. Her sister Arlene James and brother James Benson also survive her, along with many nieces and nephews.
In her early life Audrey enjoyed roller-skating and dancing and often spoke of the wonderful times she had taking the steamships on the lake to Midway or to Celoron to skate/ dance with her brothers and cousins. She was especially close to her Aunt Doris Snyder and cousins Elaine and James Snyder and would often visit them at their home in Dunkirk, NY. She also enjoyed the bowling leagues she participated in with her co-workers and the hobby of making ceramics. She spent many memorable evenings playing cards with her good friends Grace and Tony LaBardo and in her later years, Thursday evening card games with her sister Arlene and nieces Vicky, Marla and Valeen along with their husbands, became another cherished event. All through her life, she was blessed to take many trips with her husband and sons, often to Florida.
Audrey's greatest joy was found in her family and their times spent together. She and her husband John were a constant fixture, first at their sons' sporting events and later at her grandson Jordan's. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who was fiercely loyal. To her family, she epitomized the ideal that age was a state of mind, never losing her childlike wonder and excitement. Whether still hiking the Allegheny foothills or riding roller-coasters at Disney, well into her eighties, she provided true inspiration. However, for her family, her truest gift was her pragmatism and the grounding effect of her constant loyalty and love.
Audrey's funeral will take place on Sunday, August 6th at the Falconer Funeral Home. Friends will be received from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. with a memorial service at 3 p.m.