Sandra Lardi

GARDNER—Sandra Lynn Lardi, 80, of Gardner, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on July 25, 1943, she was the daughter of the late James and Kathryn (nee Savage) Horrie. Sandra grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner-South Wilmington High School in 1961. On July 7, 1965, on their way home from Arizona, Sandra married David Lardi Jr. in Albuquerque, NM. Together, they made their home and raised their family in Gardner. An incredibly talented seamstress, Sandra, as a young mother of four, opened a custom drapery and upholstery business, “Draperies by Sandy,” alongside her mother, Kathryn. Sandra also had a passion for softball, which led to her starting the “Gardner Youth Fast Pitch Softball” program for girls in 1978, and many young girls and families in the community are grateful for Sandra's contributions to this day.
Sandra had been a contributing member to the Church of Hope in Gardner. She was very gifted with her baking and cooking skills, and loved sharing her creations with those that she loved, from friends and family, to community members in times of need. Sandra was a loving wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, and mother, especially for the light of her life, daughter, Shawna Lardi. She was also known for always having an open door policy for family, friends, and even friends of her children, as anyone was welcome in her home. Sandra will be dearly missed and remembered by all the people she took so much pride in loving.
Surviving are her husband, David Lardi Jr.; sons, David Shawn (Amy) Lardi, of Orland Park, IL and Kelly (Dana) Lardi, of Mazon; daughters, Tiffany (Greg) Wills, of Coal City and Shawna Lardi, of Gardner; grandchildren: Joshua (Kristina) Lardi, Joel (Rhea) Lardi, Molly (Brandon) Julian, Abigail Lardi, Grace Lardi, Claire Lardi, Lucy Lardi, Alice Lardi, Caroline Lardi, Beau Wills and Zoe Wills; great-grandchildren: Evelyn Lardi, Isaac Lardi, Annie Lardi, Emilia Lardi, Cecilia Lardi, Julianna Lardi, Noa Julian and Etta Julian; sister, Lila (Ray) Dite, of Morris; brother, James (Kay) Horrie, of Rosalee Lake, FL; her Arizona family: Bryan Stark, Bryce Stark, Jacque Stark and families; dear sisters-in-law, Lynne Grieff and Marilyn Lardi; family friend, Leslie Terry Tresch, as well as many other special friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her brother, Jerry (Donna) Horrie; brothers-in-law, Dale Grieff and Larry “DeeDee” Lardi and nephew, Bill Horrie.
The visitation will be held at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 10 am until the time of the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Jan Chandler will officiate. Interment will immediately follow at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Special Connections of Morris. For more information and to visit her online guestbook, please log on to or find them on Facebook.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood has been entrusted with arrangements.