SHIRLEY — Arlene Eleanor (Gardner) Gionet, 90, died at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
She was born in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 1, 1915, daughter of the late Stuart and Addie (Allen) Gardner and was the wife of the late Henry J. Gionet who died in 1995.
After moving from North Adams, she and her family lived in Ayer, where she attended school and was a graduate of Ayer High School, class of 1933. Following her marriage, she lived in Shirley until entering Apple Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2003.
She was a longtime member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and belonged to the Ladies Sodality. Gionet worked for the George Frost Co. in Shirley for 49 years where she became a supervisor. She enjoyed many crafts and hobbies and was very talented in creating beautiful items. She especially loved Christmas and giving.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Richard Gardner, of Leominster; her son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Carol Gionet, of Shirley; and her grandchildren, Richard T. Gardner Jr., Carrie Marcil, John Gionet, Francis M. Gionet, Michael Tolson and Timothy Tolson; and six great-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew. She was also the mother of the late Vandyne (Gionet) Tolson, who died on Aug. 23,1992. She was sister of the late Evangeline Wood and her late brothers, Walter and Stuart Gardner.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Shirley. Donations may be made to the Activity Department at the Apple Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 400 Groton Rd. Ayer, MA 01432.