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The Rev. Michael R. Gardy


1944 - 2021
The Rev.  Michael R. Gardy Obituary

The Rev. Michael R. Gardy, 76, of Muncy, died and left his earthly pain and suffering to be restored in the arms of our heavenly father Thursday in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Susquehanna, Williamsport, after three days in intensive care.

He was born June 6, 1944, in Hazleton, where he was raised, a son of the late Michael and Clara Mae Knelly Gardy.

On May 31, 1969, he married the former Sally A. Snyder, who survives. Together they celebrated 51 years of marriage.

Michael graduated from Hazleton High School, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College, Williamsport, and his Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. He received numerous other certificates and accolades including: coursework at American and George Washington universities, clinical pastoral education from St. Elizabeth's Hospital, training in leader education, parent effectiveness, management effectiveness and neurolinguistics, and studied with Dr. Ed. Friedman in Bethesda, Md.

Early in life, Michael's pastoral career led him to work throughout the Washington, D.C., and tri-state area at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Asbury Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, serving on the legislative staff for former Sen. Hartke, and doing work for the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church.

After returning to Pennsylvania in 1971, he served the Newburg Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church for 10 years with charges in Newburg, Otterbein and Hopewell. In 1981 he served Woolrich Community Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church for 13 years, including managing HUD apartments of Rich Manor and chaplain to Woolrich Woolen Mills. Michael's final appointment was serving the Muncy First Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, where he retired in 2012.

He served the church in many professional organizations including the Board of Ordained Ministry of Central PA conference, Superintendency and Episcopacy Committees, District Council and Committee of Ministries, Williamsport and Muncy Ministerium, Cluster leader for the Muncy, Montgomery and Hughesville area, Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, Kiwanis and Masons, of Muncy.

He liked sports, including wrestling and playing football in high school and college. Michael enjoyed playing the guitar, piano, accordion and singing in the choir.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved gram, Viola Mae Knelly; and his sister, Carole Gardy Leonard.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two nieces, Jacquei Quiroz and husband, James; and Shelley Seeno and husband, Vinny; and a nephew, Joseph Leonard and his wife, Jessica.

May his soul be peaceful and happy for eternity.

Contributions in Michael's memory may be made to any local United Methodist Church.

Services are being planned for June with inurnment in Muncy United Methodist Church Columbarium.

The family is being assisted by Grenoble's, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www

.grenoblefuneralhome.com.


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