CARIBOU – Elmer Tardie, 78, died April 13, 2009, in Caribou. He was born Feb. 15, 1931, at Eagle Lake, the son of Eloi and Maime (Albert) Tardie. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Elmer was a chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy for several years, until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Lister-Knowlton Post No. 9389 VFW and Henry B. Pratt Post No. 15 American Legion. He was also a member of the Seabees with the U.S. Navy and the Fleet Reserve. Elmer is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Nelson and Kelly Tardie of Seattle, David and Michele Tardie of New Sweden, Kenneth and Gloriana Tardie of New Town, Conn., and Tommy and Davi Tardie of Manhattan, N.Y.; one brother, Wilmer Tardie of Caribou; four sisters, Delores Tardie and Gail Tardie, both of Caribou, Albertine Nadeau of New York and Christine Almarre of Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, Justin, Zachary, Weston, Tanner, Nelson, River and Sawyer Tardie. He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine (Wojciehowski) Tardie, June 13, 2007; two brothers, Albert and Alvin Tardie; and a sister, Ernestine Lemieux. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Raymond Morency officiating in of Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be at the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, Caribou. Arrangements by Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou. For an online register, please go to