Tirzah Eleanna Lardie (née Gogolski), of Beacon Falls, CT, passed away Friday, January 29, 2016, age 54, at Griffin Memorial Hospital, Derby CT, from complications after a long illness. She was born on January 6, 1962, the daughter of late Lillian V. Gogolski (née Elnitsky) and late John H. Gogolski. She is survived by her four children: Raisa “Ray” E. Lardie, of Watertown, MA; Nicole L. A. Lardie, of Osaka, Japan; and Natasha L. and Jonathan T. Lardie, both living with their father, Tirzah’s former husband, James “Rick” Lardie, of Southington, CT. Tirzah is also survived by her sisters, Alicia West and her husband, Marshall West, of Palmetto, FL; and Jackie Marques and her husband, Jules Marques, of North Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition, Tirzah is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
Tirzah graduated from Naugatuck H.S. in 1980 and attended Western Connecticut State University. She worked in banking at the former Village Bank & Trust of Ridgefield, CT, as well as in the Computer Operation department at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Waterbury. After the birth of Nicole, Tirzah decided to become a stay-at-home mother and day-care provider. She served on the Thalberg, E.S. PTA, and helped in and organize Farmington Bank’s participation in the Southington Relay of Life. Later when the children were older, she re-entered banking at Farmington Bank in Southington. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, arts, crafts and teaching her children how to bake and sew. Before her struggles with alcoholism, Tirzah was seen as a second mother by many of her children’s friends and her day-care. She was and is loved dearly, and will be missed greatly, as her struggles with addiction robbed us of her presence too soon.
Her family requests that those who have been affected by a relative or friend’s drinking to please seek support through therapy, or to contact your local chapter of Al-Anon or Adult Children of Alcoholics.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts on her behalf can be made to the Southington CT Bread for Life, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Cancer Society’s Southington Relay for Life.” A memorial service for Tirzah is planned this summer.