Priscilla Adoracion (Alcano) Gardner
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Priscilla Adoracion (Alcano) Gardner
of Endicott
Priscilla Adoracion (Alcano) Gardner, a long-time resident of Endicott, passed away on the evening of October 31, 2009 after a months-long battle with cancer. Priscilla was born in Argao, a small, rural town on the island of Cebu, Philippines. She attended the University of San Carlos and the Southern Islands Nursing School, both in Cebu City and upon completion of her nursing training, was one of the highest scorers in the Philippines' nursing licensure exams. Priscilla became both a Canadian and American citizen as she worked for decades as a registered nurse in Cebu, Montreal, and here locally in the emergency rooms of Wilson Hospital and Binghamton General Hospital, and most recently at UMA Medicenter in Endicott. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and an avid tennis player, golfer, recreational gardener, and world traveler. Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, Severro Aswe Alcano and Emiliana Carreon Alcano of Argao. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Clark P. Gardner, her mother-in-law, R. Vera Gardner of Maine, NY, her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Priscilla Gardner and Michito Kawai of Honolulu, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael Winfield Gardner and Maria Renele Planas-Gardner of the US territory of Saipan, and two infant granddaughters, Hana Rebecca Kawai and Anja Mari Planas-Gardner. She is also survived by her three brothers, Vicente, Ricardo, and Geoffrey Alcano, and her one sister, Flor Minerva Alcano, all of whom continue to reside in the Philippines. In addition, Priscilla leaves behind several cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws living throughout the United States and around the globe. The Gardner family would like to express its gratitude to the staff members of both Broome Oncology and Wilson Hospital's South Tower 5 for their outstanding care over the past few months.
There will be a Mass held in her memory on Saturday, November 7, 11 AM at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 306 Odell Avenue on Endicott's north side. Before her death, Priscilla had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The American Cancer Society ( and or to Oxfam International's Campaign ( to assist victims of recent typhoons and floods in the Philippines.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2009.
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November 21, 2009
Dear Clark,
Jim and I want to send our love and support to you and your family. No words can ease the pain but please know that many people are thinking of you. Please be in touch if you ever have time to get together.
Jim and Debbie Stone
November 16, 2009
Dr.Gardner and family I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Priscilla in the ER at BGH for several years. She gave me my first pair of golf clubs.I will forever smile when I think of her. She was very special and one of the most thoughtful and giving people i have ever met. I will miss her terribly. Thank You Pris- luv and peace out.
Annette Milbauer
November 8, 2009
Clark, Vera, and Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.
Denise Hadamik
November 7, 2009
Clark, Becky and Mike,

May Auntie Dorie rest in peace. She's in our prayers...

Cielo and family
cielo alcano
November 6, 2009
Dr Gardner and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked many years at BGH ER with Priscilla. What fun we had! She could always make us laugh! She loved you all very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sandy Buckley Choconut PA
November 5, 2009
Dear Clark and family,
You are in my prayers as you grieve this loss of one you love. May the peace of God rest with each one of you during this difficult time.
Linda Baker
November 5, 2009
Clark- we are so sorry to hear about your wife. May you hold on to the good memories and keep her in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Len & Carol Usefara
November 5, 2009
Dear Clark and family, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I am sure that you are experiencing a huge void in your life, but you need to know that there are lots of folks who are thinking of you and praying for you and would like to help in any way, if they could. Please don't forget that you have lots of friends that you can count on. Just give them the chance to show you that they will be there for you.
Robert Lord
November 5, 2009
Dr. Gardner and family,
Words can't express my deepest sorrow to hear of Priscilla's death. We worked together at BGH ER for several years. I used to tease her about taking too much time off, but so enjoyed hearing stories from her travels. I will always remember her smile, it was always there, no matter what was going on at the time. She will certainly be missed by all!
Michele Franklin
November 5, 2009
Dear Clark and family,
Please accept my condolences at your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have great memories of playing tennis with you both. It was so much fun. Fondly, Mary Ann (Muller) Browning
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Dear Clark, Vera and family, We are so sorry to hear of Priscilla's death. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Yancey and Linda
November 4, 2009
Please accept my condolences at your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Priscilla in the ED at Wilson in the 80s. She was a wonderful person, who cared deeply about her family.
Debby (Shay) Farnsworth
November 4, 2009
Gardner family, I had the pleasure of working with Priscilla at the medcenter for over four years I will truly miss her and her favorite saying to me "Kelle I have a job for you" as she walked into the lab, she had a heart of gold. Rest in peace my friend. Kelle Taylor
Kelle Taylor
November 4, 2009
Dr. Gardner & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Maralena Dropp
November 4, 2009
Dr. Gardner and family;

I am so sorry to hear about your loss my prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Bonnie Vincent
November 4, 2009
My Deepest Sympathies....I Knew Clark And His Family From Going To School With Him In Maine, NY.....Again My Deepest Sympathies.
Wayne Fish
November 4, 2009
Uncle Clark, Becky, Michael &

Aunt Doris was a wonderful, caring person and we will all miss her very much. My heart is with you as you grieve.

Tammy Sherwood
November 4, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
suzy evans
November 4, 2009

Dr. Gardner

Please accept my sincerest expression of sympathy for you and your family for the loss of your loved one. There are no words to bring you comfort, so I wish you at least peace...Sondra
November 4, 2009
I had the pleasure of working with Priscilla on the evening shift in the ED at Binghamton General Hospital. She was such a pleasure to work with and always made us laugh. She had the greatest stories that she loved to share about the Philippines and all of family. I will miss you Priscilla. May you rest in peace.
Nancy MacKenzie
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