Mr. Libardi, “Gino,” as his family fondly referred to him, was born on August 2, 1915 in Richmond, MA, to Carlo and Josephine (Gabriel) Libardi. He attended school in Chester, MA. In January 1943, Mr. Libardi began his military service at Fort Devens, MA. A veteran of World War II, he received three battle stars for service in the Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe, and Germany; a medal for good conduct; his paratrooper wings; and a Holland Citation (presidential citation) from France. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Mr. Libardi moved back to Chester, with his family and ran A&L Market with his brother Carlo.
In 1949, he married Ada Marchegiani and they began their life together in Readsboro. In 1959, their son Mike Libardi was born. After the death of his wife’s sister, Dirce, in 1961, the Libardi household expanded. He and his wife Ada, and her parents Celso and Teresa Marchegiani, welcomed three nieces and two nephews into their family and raised them as their own.
Mr. Libardi was employed by the former Heartwellville Lodge, worked with his brother-in-law Tullio Marchegiani painting homes, and worked at the Deerfield Glassine in Monroe, MA, for 28 years. He retired in 1979 and spent his later years doing the things he enjoyed most, spending time at Joe-Gene Camp, fishing, hunting, gardening, and making wine.
Mr. Libardi is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ada (Marchegiani) Libardi; his son, Mike Libardi and his girlfriend, Sandra Milesi, of Readsboro; his grandson, Matthew, of Readsboro; his five adopted children, Earl “Herb” Sanderson, Earlene Lefebvre and her husband Robert, and Robert Sanderson and his wife Susan, of Readsboro; Faun Trumble and her husband, George, of Summerton, SC; and Gloria Quinn and her husband John, of Englewood, FL; six grandchildren Charlotte Clark, of Readsboro; Lisa Noyes, of Halifax, ; Ryan Sanderson, of St. Albans; Colby Quinn, of Easthampton, MA; Caitlyn Sanderson, of Readsboro; and Jesse Quinn, of Englewood, FL; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews spanning many generations. He was predeceased by his brothers, Carlo Libardi and Julio Libardi, and by his sister, Natalie Libardi.
At the family’s request there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 23, at 11 am, at St. Joachim’s Church. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to gather at St. Joachim’s Church Parish Hall after the burial for a celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #29 of Readsboro or St. Joachim’s Church in care of Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapel, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. To send a card or a message visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.