LEBANON, N.H. — A celebration of life for Jody Ann (Ducharme) Pardoe, a longtime resident of Plainfield, N.H., and recently of Lebanon, who died in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 10, after a long battle with kidney disease, NSF (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis,) and more recently, congestive heart failure were held June 16 at the Meriden Congregational Church.
Jody was born in Lebanon, on March 18, 1963, daughter of Roger Ducharme and Pamela Hutchins. She attended Norwich and Newport, N.H. schools and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1980.
She attended New England School of Hair Design in Claremont, N.H., and received her cosmetology license.
On Oct. 8, 1982, she had a daughter, Alicia Rawson, from a previous marriage.
She worked was a waitress through cosmetology school, worked at Carter’s in Lebanon. During that time, she met Peter “Rusty” Pardoe at the Sure Shot Arcade in Lebanon, whom she married on July 5, 1985.
She and Peter owned and ran the Foxhole, from 1984 to 1992. During that time, Jody and Peter bought Meriden Hairstyling, where Jody was the manager and the sole beautician. On Feb. 7, 1991, a son, Jeremy was born. Peter and Jody opened and ran Pardoe’s Custom Engraving in Lebanon for a short time. Jody worked for a number of years at Moderne Beauty Shop in Lebanon until it closed, then worked for the Beauty Boutique until she could no longer work due to health issues.
Jody was a free spirit. She enjoyed ‘80s hair-band music, especially Bon Jovi, having been to many rock concerts in her youth. One year she and her cousin Melissa drove to N.J. to find his house. She also enjoyed the beach, video games, bingo, going to Foxwoods on Mother’s Day with her best friend, Rita, playing golf, going to the drive-in movies, watching her kids sports games, and more recently, playing computer games with online friends, watching TV, especially Lost, True Blood and Ghost Hunters. She was a fan of good comedy shows as well. Jody loved to laugh. Jody was also a huge Michael Jordan fan. They first time she went to see him play in Boston, he was out on injury. But she did get to see him play finally with the Wizards before he retired. Even though disabled in her recent years, she especially loved the times when she was able to babysit her granddaughter, Jayden before she became unable to due to her health.
Jody had struggled many years with health problems, including kidney failure, having undergone years of dialysis treatments and having two kidney transplants. She suffered the past six years with a rare disease, NSF (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis_, which progressively worsened over the years, rendering her disabled, and most recently with congestive heart failure. But through the years of fighting these health issues, she did so with courage, determination, and humor, with her husband by her side until the end.
Jody and Peter participated in the first paired kidney exchange in N.H. on Sept. 113, 2006 at DHMC. It was her second transplant. To read more on this, Google “Pardoe Kidney Swap.” They then were featured on the Geraldo at Large TV show.
Jody is survived by her husband, Rusty of Lebanon; father, Roger and stepmother, Donna Ducharme of Newport, N.H.; mother-in-law Elizabeth Pardoe of Lebanon; father-in-law, Peter and wife, Bette Pardoe of Alna, Maine; daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Jerrod Foster of Plainfield, and their daughter Jayden; a son, Jeremy of Lebanon and his girlfriend, Megan Jason of Hartland; half-sister, Lori and husband, Nathan Richer, half-sister, Roberta Kurtz and family; half-brother, Peter Manning and family, Brother-in-law, David and wife, Wendy Pardoe; sister-in-law, Cathy and husband Joe Porcello; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations in Jody’s memory can be made to the Phillip Read Memorial Library in Plainfield, or the Plainfield Recreation Department, Town Office, Meriden, N.H.
Arrangements were by the Ricker Funeral Home and Crematory of Lebanon.
An online guest book is available by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com
This obituary first appeared in the June 21, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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