December 7, 1911 ~ September 13, 2003
Esther Broderson Lardiere,
Born Dec 7, 1911, in Sandlie, North Dakota, she was raised on a homestead farm and later worked as an RN before moving to Southern California in 1939. She was a student at UCLA and working at Douglas Aircraft when WWII began. She volunteered and served as a 1st lieutenant in the US Army, with service in England and France. She landed on a floating dock near Normandy and was stationed near Paris. During the Battle of the Bulge, she cared for wounded from both sides of the conflict. She returned to California after the war and received a BA in Fine Arts from UC Berkeley in 1949; she won several awards for her abstract paintings. She married Salvatore Lardiere, a WWII vet and architect, in Berkeley and raised two sons. After retiring from teaching and psychiatric nursing at the VA, she made her home in Seal Beach and later Rancho Palos Verdes.
Esther is survived by her sons, Rocco Lardiere of Palos Verdes and Eric Lardiere of Los Angeles, and their families. She will be always remembered for her courage, wisdom, and boundless love.
A memorial service will be held at Pacific Unitarian Church, Palos Verdes, on Sept 21.
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