A funeral service for Josephine A. Gardner, 94, of Arnolds Park was held Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at the Turner Funeral Home in Milford.
Interment took plalce at the Okoboji Cemetery, Arnolds Park.
Josephine passed away April 13 at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.
Josephine A. Gardner was born July 25, 1912, at home, in Omaha, Neb. Her parents were Sabastiano and Sabastiana DiMauro, Immigrant-Americans from Sicily. After eighth grade, she went to Boyles Business College in Omaha. Upon graduation, she began work to help support her family. In 1930 she made her first trip to Okoboji where she met the love of her life, Roland Gardner. During the thirties, Josephine worked different jobs in Omaha and traveled around the country participating in Table Tennis tournaments, many of which she won.
She wed Roland Gardner in 1943 when he joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. She traveled to various Army posts with her husband during his training before being shipped overseas. At each post she set up table tennis centers for the soldiers.
After the war she helped her husband establish a taxicab business in Miami Beach, Fla. She also raised three sons. Summers were spent returning to Okoboji. The family moved to Omaha to be closer to the lakes they loved. There she worked at Brandeis Department Store and did the accounting for famous Johnny's Café in South Omaha. They operated Gardner's Cottages on West Lake Okoboji from 1960 until Roland's death in 1986.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ross DiMauro and sister, Rose Marcoe.
Josephine is survived by sons: Joseph and wife, Bernice, of Spencer, Anthony and wife, Joyce, of Arnolds Park, and
Jim of Omaha; sister, Louise Kojdecki of Omaha; brother, Sam DiMauro and wife, Beverly, of Omaha; brother, Frank DiMauro and wife, Ruth of Westminster Colo.
Turner Funeral Home of Milford is in charge of arrangements.