Gary M. Smith(1952 - 2014)

Smith, Gary M.

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 High School and Marquette University.

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); daughter, Jennifer (Brad) O'Connor; stepsons, Joe (Katie) Abhold and 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 and Barbara (Jim) Lee; brothers, Charlie, Kevin (Ester), Patrick (Jean); his mother-in-law, Bernadette Blatz; also by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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,

Zacherl Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

Funeral Home

Zacherl Funeral Home
875 E Division St Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 922-6860

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2014