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Priscilla R. Vardo

August 18, 1923April 4, 2021

Priscilla R. (Dessert) Vardo, 97, of New Bedford passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Charles M. Vardo.

Born in Connecticut, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Melina (Thibodeau) Dessert she lived most of her life in New Bedford and 26 years in Haines City, FL. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and St. Lawrence Martyr Church in New Bedford and St. Anne’s Church in Haines City, FL.

Mrs. Vardo worked as a winder at Acushnet Company until her retirement in 1979. Priscilla was a very talented artist and she enjoyed painting and pottery. She was also an incredibly huge fan of the Red Sox and coffee ice cream.

She is survived by a son, Charles “Chuck” Vardo of Lauderhill, FL; a sister, Yvette Galipeau; four grandchildren, 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 great grandchildren, Michael Vardo, Timothy Ketchum, Scott Vardo, Rachel Zalik, Jameson Vardo, and Joseph Vardo; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Alfred Dessert, Roland Dessert, Wilfred Dessert, Rita Genereux, Antoinette Borsclair, Pauline Grady, Irene Rock, and Florence Legasse. Her funeral service will be private by the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 359 Summer St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For online tribute/directions:


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Priscilla R. Vardo

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Susan Nelson

April 8, 2021

Dear Chuck and family - I loved Matante Priscilla so much, she was always a big part of my childhood memories. It made me so happy later in life to also buy the house on Wildwood Road where I added my own family memories for several years.

My mother used to tell me a story that when they were younger, after supper Priscilla would call my mom and invite her to go to Friendly’s “for ice cream.” Once they got there, mom would order a sundae, and Priscilla inevitably ordered a hamburger! Every time! Also, it was Priscilla who introduced my mom (Gracie, who she worked with) to her brother Bosco. The rest is history.... without that introduction, I wouldn’t be here today.

God bless you, Auntie P... and Rest In Peace. with plenty of hamburgers in heaven.

Antonio&Denise Branco

April 7, 2021

Our condolences to the entire Family on your loss.I’ll always think and remember her smile .Prayers for you .

Paula and Howard Lagesse

April 7, 2021

Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts at this difficult time.
Sending hugs
Paula and Howard Lagesse

Michelle Drew (Tisdelle)

April 7, 2021

Dear Uncle Chuck, Christopher, Joycelyn, Annie and Jonathan,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Miche