On May 24, 2005, Louis W. (Bill) Mardaga, surrounded by his family, entered into heavenly rest, following a courageous fight with cancer. He was born August 28, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his daughter Dana and her husband Rich Savage of San Jose, CA, by his son Dr. Jeff Mardaga and his wife Peggy and their sons Donovan and Christian of The Woodlands, TX, his sister Janet Higgins and husband Don of Wheaton, Illinois, sister-in-law Hazle Cottingham (Sissy) and her daughter Joan Marlar of Fort Myers, Florida, nephew Dr. Don Higgins and wife Dr. Melissa Morgan of Tulsa, OK, nephew Dr. Richard Higgins of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, niece Martha Mohr and husband Jim, niece Barbara Davis and husband Ron, and special friend Frances Loftin of Conroe.
He is preceded in death by his wife Anne Moses Mardaga, his father Louis Mardaga and mother Louise Wills Mardaga, and Annes parents Robert and Bessie Moses.
Bill was a graduate of Bucknell where he played football and obtained a Chemical Engineering degree in 1944. He was a part of the nations V-12 program during WWII and, following graduation from Bucknell, he attended the US Navy Midshipmen school where he was commissioned Ensign and assigned to the USS Benington. After the war, Bill joined Exxon Refining where he became a successful process engineer. An independent oil company next engaged him in Minnesota. Following this experience, he joined Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA in their central engineering group. He ended his career with Gulf as Manager of Supply and Distribution of Product Supply in Gulf Oil Refining and Marketing. In his career, Bill served Gulf in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Baltimore, London, Los Angeles, and Houston. Bill was proud of his military service and his association with Gulf Oil Corporation.
Bill was a lifelong Presbyterian. He was quite active in his faith until his death. He served as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Conroe and served on the Stewardship Ministry. Bill had become an avid Bible student and shared his Christian faith. He had several hobbies - the stock market, enjoying horses, German Shepherd dogs, birding, bridge and golf. Golf and the stock market were his enthusiastic pursuits. The golf score was secondary to the friends he met on the links. The stock market became an avenue for Bill to assist many friends and neighbors as Financial Counselor.
The family will receive friends and visitors on Thursday, May 26, 2005 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, TX. Services will be held Friday, May 27, 2005 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 2727 N. Loop 336 W., Conroe, TX. The Reverend Scott Cummings officiating. Burial will be at Cashners Garden Park Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Pallbearers are Dick Diamond, Gene Turner, Morris Burkwall, Russ Massey, Fran Brown, Harold Jessip, Don Albers, and Ed Toohey. Honorary pallbearers are Charlie Lewis, Jake McGlohn, Virgil Gerlach, Norris Miley, Charlie Roe, Charlie van Derbur, John Underwood and Keith Kern. Memorials in his name may be given to Montgomery County Meals on Wheels, Friendship Center, 1202 Callahan Street, Conroe, TX 77301.