Gary M. Smith
Gary M. Smith, age 61, went to live with his Lord Jesus and
celebrated his victory over cancer on March 2, 2014, at his home.
Gary was born August 23, 1952 in Fond du Lac, a son of
Donald and Mary Lou (Shea) Smith.
He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Springs Highs School and
On October 8, 1993 he married Janet (Blatz) Abhold at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Fond du Lac.
Gary was third-generation President and CEO of C. D. Smith
Construction. He was a past board chair
of Marian University and a board member of National Exchange Bank, YMCA,
Blandine House and Shepherd of the Hills Building and Grounds Committee.
Gary leaves behind his loving wife, Janet, his mother Mary
Lou, his son Justin (Sasha) and daughter Jennifer (Brad) O’Connor, stepsons Joe
(Katie) Abhold, Mike (Stephanie) Abhold, grandchildren Eljay and Adrianna Smith,
Shea, Piper and Declan O’Connor, step-grandchildren Myranda, Sabian, Reese and
Rory Abhold, sisters Maggie Shea, Jeanne Smith, Barbara (Jim) Lee, brothers
Charlie, Kevin (Ester), Patrick (Jean) Smith.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Donald Smith,
brother-in-law, Jack Shea, and father-in-law, Jerry Blatz.
Visitation: Family will receive relatives and friends on
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Parish, W1562 County
Road B, Eden, WI 53010, from 1:30 to 4:45 PM.
Service: A Celebration of his life will be held at
5:00 PM on Thursday, March 6 at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Parish.
My personal message to
all of you:
I would like to thank
everyone in my C.D. Smith Construction family, what an honor it has been to
work with all of you.
I am extremely
grateful for the care provided by physicians and staff at the Agnesian Cancer
Center and the Hospice Hope Program.
They treated me like family and extended my life by two years.
I wish that I felt
better and could be doing something other than sitting in a rocking chair and
writing my own obituary.
Thanks to everyone
that touched my life. Have a great life
and thank God for each and every day. I
hope to see you all again someday in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be directed to
Shepherd of the Hills Parish, W1562 County Road B, Eden, WI 53010; Agnesian
Hospice Hope Program, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935; or the
Sarnelli House, Thailand, http://sarnelliorphanage.org/
Zacherl Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com