Jacqueline Lena Tardif (Age 29)  
Jackie Tardif was an aerospace engineer who designed and constructed space satellites. She spent her free time volunteering to help children with special needs to find confidence through horseback and teaching children in STEM outreach programs. She died January 21 after weeks of hospitalization from complications of Covid-19. Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Jackie attended Gaithersburg High School where she excelled in academics and was a captain of both the Cross Country and Varsity Girls Basketball teams and a discus and shot-put thrower on the Track and Field team. Jackie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. There she was the lead of the Mars Rover student engineering team. After graduation she has worked at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California as a lead mechanical engineer to design and build small satellites, CubeSats. Two of her satellites were sent into space from the International Space Station. She is survived by her parents, Paul and Christine Tardif of Laytonsville, Maryland; her sister, Danielle Tardif of Rockville, Maryland; her aunts, uncles, other family members, her much loved cousins. Her faithful dog, Rudy will miss her. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. (EST) online through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. https://www.goserve.net/jackietardif In lieu of flowers or gifts: *Ride to Flyhttps://secure.givelively.org/donate/ride-to-fly/in-loving-memory-of-jackie-tardifor text the word "Jackie" to 44321 *National Math and Science Initiativehttps://www.nms.org/Donation-Form.aspx
Published by The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2021.
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June 19, 2021
As the youngest of the Tardif cousins, I don't have the same extensive memories that my other cousins share. I didn't spend the same amount of time with them growing up-- nor do I have as many memories from my much younger years out on the boat or at Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop's. But what I do remember and will always hold dear, is the connection that Jackie worked so hard to forge with me. Even with a major age gap, Jackie always sought me out. She always tried to find a way to connect and include me at family functions. Especially during my hard years as a lost and awkward teenager with very little in common, Jackie always found a way to make me feel loved and a member of our big family. She'd play video games with me at Christmas or Thanksgiving, or legos and cars in my much younger years. Even when she was a teenager and could be doing other things, like hanging out with the cousins closer to her age and with more in common, she was always there. While we've grown up and Jackie moved away, she always found a way to make me feel loved and included at every event. That's one of the many things that made Jackie so special.
Alex Tardif
February 13, 2021
Paul, Chris, and Dani,

Our lives have been intertwined for as long as we can remember. Even before Jackie was born, she was more than a niece to us. From her baby shower at Great Falls Park to her First Communion, we cherished spending so many pivotal moments of Jackie's childhood with her and your family.

Jackie played a starring role in all of our fondest memories. Looking back at the holidays we spent together and the countless summers out on the Susquehanna Flats-- getting ice cream in Chesapeake City (even that $20,000 ice cream cone), at Bomboys, and the Arctic Circle-- there's not a memory that comes to mind that doesn't prominently feature Jackie's infectious smile and bright personality.

Watching her grow into such an accomplished, intelligent, driven, and unstoppable young woman was even more meaningful. While we are truly heartbroken that the world will never experience all of Jackie's countless gifts, we know she left an immeasurable impact on so many people in such a short time. She was an amazing, caring, loving young woman and we were proud to have 29 years with her as our beloved niece. We love you and are praying for you.
Sherrie Tardif
February 13, 2021
Chris, Paul and Danielle,
I’m so sorry to learn about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Angela Castillo
February 9, 2021
Dear Tardif Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Jacqueline. She was so lovely. She was a beautiful, intelligent, generous, hardworking girl. Truly a well-rounded person and someone only beginning to realize her potential. She is someone to be admired.
I never met her; I only just saw her story on CNN; Jake Tapper paid a tribute to her...and I am in tears.
I just want you to know that although I am far away, in Winnipeg Manitoba, strangers can see the painful thing you are going through and want to help. I will keep your and your beautiful daughter in my thoughts and prayers. She was an amazing person; she came from a wonderful and nurturing home. May God Bless you and be near you in the days and years to come.
Leanna Obirek
February 8, 2021
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