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Jacqueline A. Vardo

August 4, 1951January 5, 2021
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Jacqueline “Jackie” A. (Tisdelle) Vardo, 69, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in St. Luke’s Hospital. Born in Acushnet, a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Rachel (Masse) Tisdelle she was a lifelong area resident and a long time communicant of St. Mary’s Church, New Bedford.

Jackie graduated from New Bedford Greater Vocational High School and later Bridgewater State with an Associate’s Degree. A well-known area musician, she was the former music director at St. Mary’s Church and was highly regarded for her lovely singing voice. Jackie’s faith and family were incredibly important to her. She was artistically talented in many ways including her beautiful wedding cakes and composing music.

She is survived by four children, Christopher Vardo and his wife Kristine of Acushnet, Joycelyn Vardo and her husband Robert Ketchum of Madbury, NH, Anne Vardo-Zalik and her husband Nathan of Lewisberry, PA, and Jonathan Vardo and his wife Sandra of Marion; six grandchildren, Michael Vardo, Timothy Ketchum, Scott Vardo, Rachel Zalik, and Jameson and Joseph Vardo; three sisters, Pauline Chmielewski and her husband Robert of Fresno, CA, Denise Branco and her husband Antonio of Assonet, and Marie Tanguay and her husband Gerard of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph A. Tisdelle and Robert J. Tisdelle.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. from the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Seating will be limited. Burial will be private. Visitation Monday 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Church, 106 Illinois St., New Bedford, MA 02745, Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 www.childreshospital.org, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org. For online tribute/directions: www.rock-funeralhome.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Burial

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Brenda Gomes

January 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Jackie was a talented wonderful person. I learned so much from her and her love of music. She will always be remembered and appreciated. My Sympathies to the entire family.

Susan Preece

January 15, 2021

Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. May you find peace and joy in your memories. Sending prayers, Susan & Stephen Preece

Rosemary Marshall

January 13, 2021

I was so saddened on hearing about your Mom's passing. Jackie and I went to high school together and were in glee club together I always remember her beautiful voice . Then reconnected with her through St.Mary's. Your Mom was a very special lady, always smiling with a heart of gold. I will miss her greatly

Elizabeth Lozano

January 12, 2021

Jackie was such a wonderful person. I sang in the church choir alongside her at St. Mary's Church for many years. Not only did she help me cultivate my love of music and singing, but she inspired me to grow closer to God. Until we meet again. My deepest sympathies go out to your family.

-Elizabeth Lozano

Jeanne & Ray Kelley

January 11, 2021

Jackie was a fixture at Schooner Cove since the early days when we all moved in. She brought the best foods to our parties, played piano for sing-a-longs, and was a game leader on New Year's Eve. Whenever we met Jackie in the hall, we were filled in on all the comings & goings and accomplishments of her beloved grandchildren. Her photo Christmas card a few years ago said it all - Jackie lived for the joy of her grandchildren! And she loved to show them off!! As much as we loved Jackie's presence in our lives, she leaves a hole at Schooner Cove that others cannot fill.
Rest in Peace, dear Friend!

Izzy Borges

January 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all of the members of Jackie’s family. She was a kind and sweet lady that lived down the hall from me. She was a joy to share books with and her sense of humor was a treasure. I will always remember the gleam in her eyes when she spoke of her beloved grandchildren. They will always know how much she loved them.

Patricia Hachey

January 10, 2021

So many memories. I first met your Mom when my Julie and the Liz joined the children's choir at St. Mary's School .I later sang in the choir and became a song leader at Mass. I remember watching you all grow up and following all your accomplishments whenever I would see your Mom. She sang at both of my girls weddings and made the most incredible cake for Julie's-She even hand painted the flowers to get the right color so they would match her bouquets .She was such an amazing woman and will be so missed by so many .God Bless Pat Hachey

Paul Guy

January 9, 2021

My Latin students and I will always remember the sacrificial lamb cakes she made for our Saturnalia feasts. Now may she rest in peace with the true Lamb of God .

Madeline Quintal

January 8, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Jackie's family. Not only did Jackie have a beautiful voice, she also had a beautiful heart. May she rest in peace.

Susan Desnoyers

January 8, 2021

I have many fond memories of your mother and her music ministry at St Mary’s. She led all my daughters in the choir and welcomed the children to her home for pool parties. May God welcome her to her heavenly place of rest. The Desnoyers family

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Biography

Jacqueline “Jackie” A. (Tisdelle) Vardo, 69, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born in Acushnet, a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Rachel (Masse) Tisdelle she was a lifelong area resident and a long time communicant of St. Mary’s Church, New Bedford.

Jackie graduated from New Bedford Greater Vocational High School and later Bridgewater State with an Associate’s Degree. A well-known area musician, she was the former music director at St. Mary’s Church and was highly regarded for her lovely singing voice. Jackie’s faith and family were incredibly important to her. She was artistically talented in many ways including her beautiful wedding cakes and composing music.

She is survived by four children, Christopher Vardo and his wife Kristine of Acushnet, Joycelyn Vardo and her husband Robert Ketchum of Madbury, NH, Anne Vardo-Zalik and her husband Nathan of Lewisberry, PA, and Jonathan Vardo and his wife Sandra of Marion; six grandchildren, Michael Vardo, Timothy Ketchum, Scott Vardo, Rachel Zalik, and Jameson and Joseph Vardo; three sisters, Pauline Chmielewski and her husband Robert of Fresno, CA, Denise Branco and her husband Antonio of Assonet, and Marie Tanguay and her husband Gerard of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph A. Tisdelle and Robert J. Tisdelle.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. from the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Seating will be limited. Burial will be private. Visitation Monday 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Church, 106 Illinois St., New Bedford, MA 02745, Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 www.childreshospital.org, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org. For online tribute/directions: www.rock-funeralhome.com.