Ina Claire Jedlicka Gardner, 89, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville, IL.

Ina was born August 10, 1929 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Arthur L. and Edna (Haenni) Jedlicka. She married Richard M. Gardner on June 17, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL. He preceded her in death on September 30, 1999.

Ina graduated with honors from Taylorville Township High School in 1947, and summa cum laude from Millikin University in 1951. Upon her graduation, she accepted the position of Assistant to the President of First Trust Bank, and later worked at Gardner Glass Company with Richard. The Gardner family was active in scouting, and Ina served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, as well as a Girl Scout Brownie Leader. As a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, she was a Sunday School Teacher, a member of Ladies Aide, and served as Treasurer of the Congregation.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Byrl A. Jedlicka.

Ina is survived by her sons, Lewis M. (wife, Judy) Gardner of Morrisonville, IL, and Ted A. (wife, Rena) of Clermont, FL; daughter, Sally C. (husband, Eric) Kozak of Troy, IL; grandchildren, Lucas R. Gardner of Clermont, FL, and Caroline C. Kozak of Ballwin, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Rodney Blomquist officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568, or Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

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