Gary Joseph BOUGIE
1978 - 2014
Age 35 of Stillwater Passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2014 due to complications after surgery. Survived by loving wife, Keri; children, Ava (3 years), Ella (18 mos.), & Gary George (6 mos.); parents, Susann & Gary; sister, Sommer; brother, Gregory; nephew & godson, George; grandma, Eleanor Edwards; also in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. Gary was a successful entrepreneur. He was the founder/owner of Slyce Pizzeria in Wauconda, IL, Pizzeria Pezzo in White Bear Lake, MN and CEO of 54 Bleu Restaurant Group. His passions were his family, food and spending time at Pipe Lake. Funeral Service 11 AM, Thursday, April 24th, at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 1575 Charlton Ave., West St. Paul. Visitation 4-8 PM, Wednesday, at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights. Visitation also 10-11 AM prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.

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Published by Pioneer Press from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014.
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Roberts Funeral Home
8108 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
1575 Charlton Ave., West St. Paul, Minnesota
Funeral service
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
1575 Charlton Ave., West St. Paul, Minnesota
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Dear Sue and Gary and family
Jim and I just found out about your son's passing. We have no words that could tell you how sorry we were to hear about this. I send you the Praises of God in hopes that in some way they will help ease your suffering.

Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and you suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, great and wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, merciful Savior.
Dee & Jim Hobbie
September 12, 2014
I am very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. When my late husband Steve and I visited Slyce he was always so friendly. He bought me a drink the first time I dined by myself after Steve's passing. Great guy. So very sorry for your loss to his wife and family.
Nancy Goetz
September 5, 2014
We are so very sad to hear about this terrible loss. Gary was such a warm, kind, giving person and friend. He will be missed by so many.
My deepest regrets to his family and friends.
Barb and David Shomberg
( friend and frequent diner at Slyce)
Bsrb Shimberg
May 11, 2014
I just hear of Gary's passing yesterday and my heart and prayers go out to all of his family. He visited out farm twice last year and help set up the program to use local vegetables in the farm salad offering at Slyce. I only knew him for a short time; however he glowed when he talked of his wife and then "2 children and 1 on the way." May you rest in peace Gary, and may I offer your family just a bit of comfort. God Bless
Cindy Kellogg
May 10, 2014
We are so very sad to read of Gary's death. We loved his passion for for food and his customers. Our hearts go out to his family , especially his wife and children. Our sincere condolences. He will be missed.
Trowby and Dan Brockman
May 3, 2014
My friend had given high recommendations of Pizzeria Pezzo and my husband and I went and loved the food, atmosphere, etc. We were so incredibly sad to hear that Gary passed away, we never met him, but loved the passion we could taste in his pizza. Our prayers are with his dear wife, children and family. Looking forward to the resurrection to be able to meet him.
Jackie Dutcher
May 1, 2014
People may forget the things you do or say but they never forget the way you made them feel. Every time we saw Gary he made us feel happy and we never left without having a laugh. He was truly one of a kind. We will miss you, Gary.
Christen and Tony Racanelli
April 30, 2014
People may forget the things you do or say but they never forget the way you made them feel. Every time we saw Gary he made us feel happy and we had a laugh with him. He was truly one of a kind.
All our love,
The Tony Racanelli family
April 30, 2014
We have enjoyed Slyce in Wauconda since it's opening day. Our prayers are with Gary's wife, children and entire family through this difficult time. May God hold you close and the support of friends give you strength through your grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. BethAnn Beasley and Tim Howe, Wauconda, IL.
BethAnn Beasley
April 27, 2014
We are sincerely sorry for the loss of your husband, son and father. God bless you all!

Gary Eatinger Family
April 25, 2014
Sue and Gary and family,
Our heart felt prayers for all. So very sorry to hear about this enormous loss.
Dave Munoz
April 24, 2014
For the Bougie Family..May peace with you all!
stacy tanberg
April 24, 2014
I remember Gary Jo as a little boy and he had no fear what so ever riding his bike like a crazy boy! Gary was always a loving boy put smiles on every ones faces,and became a great young man..My heart goes out to the Bougie family.Gary will be missed by many..Love Stacy Tanberg
stacy tanberg
April 24, 2014
Our heart-felt prayers and support go out to Keri, the children, and the entire Bougie family as we grieve with hope in the resurrection of new life in Christ.
Brad and Terri Reis
April 24, 2014
We are very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Gary became a good friend we will be truly missed
Jeff and Patti Sode
April 24, 2014
I just watched Gary's interview at Slyce Pizza in Illinois. It shows what a dedicated and creative chef he was. Here is the link:
Minnesota was so fortunate to have him for a short time and there will never be anyone like him. Truly an honest, generous, original man.
April 24, 2014
Dear Sue, Gary, Keri and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Gary was a very talented, funny, great, son father and husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve and Joy Goetzke
April 23, 2014
Bougie Family
Gary & Sue, Dave, Mark & Terry, and Linda.and all the Bougie family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Keri, we have never met, but my heart goes out to you. The one thing I do know is to be a Bougie means Family, I know that the Bougie family will help you through this time as well as each other.
Paul & Sandy REMPFER
April 23, 2014
Gary and Sue, We just want you both to know how sad we were to hear about Gary Joseph and to let you know you are in our thoughts, heart and prayers.
Greg and Benita Koury
April 23, 2014
Keri, and Family,
Mike and I are extremely saddened by the loss of Gary. He was a man you could be so very proud of. You, your family and his friends meant everything to him. His drive and his ambition were to be admired. Our family will so miss him and he will always be in our heart and our memory. Hugs and kisses to you, we love you. Maureen Coli
Maureen Coli
April 23, 2014
My heart is truly bleeding for I feel I loss a great friend. My story with Gary is simple but one that has truly touched my soul. He shared his newest creation, a sausage and pepper dish that was just added to the menu with our family by coming out to our table to celebrate my birthday on March 21st. He shared his passion of creating meals for others, his excitement for being in White Bear Lake and the space created for sharing and celebrating. Later our waitress said that was very special for him too. He would shout out from the kitchen as the customers would leaving and "thank you for coming in"! He loved cooking for people and will be truly missed !! Peace and blessing to your family. Gary, Thank you for your gifts, talents and creating a legacy here. I am truly blessed and honored to have been to his restaurant eight times in the four months since it been open. I will miss you Gary!!! Mark
April 23, 2014
Dear Bougie Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We got to meet Gary at Pezzio's and he helped celebrate my husband's birthday on March 21 by bringing us sausage and peppers on the house and gracing us to be the first customers to get it. It was a beautiful gesture and great food. His love of life showed through in his work and he will be greatly missed. May God bless you with peace and grace during this very hard time.
Christine Beckers
April 23, 2014
Keri and family
Maureen and I are deeply saddened by Gary's passing. We have known Gary most of his life and are very proud of the kind of man he became and of his accomplishments. I can remember talking to him about making pizzas when he was just a kid, when all of the other boys would be off watching TV. We will miss his smiling face. He loved his family and He was part of our family.He did what he loved with his life. I look foreword to seeing him again.
Mike Coli Sr
Mike Coli
April 23, 2014
Dear Bougie family,
I am truly sorry for your loss of such a great man. I feel lucky and blessed to have known him and share some wonderful memories I will cherish. My thoughts are wish you all.
April 23, 2014
Gary was an amazing young man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Debra Ogorzaly
April 23, 2014
Deb Ogorzaly
April 23, 2014
Deb Ogorzaly
April 23, 2014
Dear Keri & Family - my prayers and condolences for all at this time of great loss. Sue Dobbe, LGMC 2010
April 23, 2014
To the bougie prayers and heart goes out to everyone of you..words cant replace what you've all of you
Jason Firkus
April 23, 2014
It was a sincere pleasure helping Gary and his associates open Pezzo. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and co-workers.
Bob Gorski
April 22, 2014
Keri-My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hugs, your LGMC teammate Lisa O'Neil
April 22, 2014
April 22, 2014
To you, your children, and your families... you have my deepest sympathy and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Candy (LGMC)
Candice Yeargin
April 22, 2014

Your LGMC friends are deeply saddened by the news. We are holding you close in our hearts.

Marcy Piekos (Woodstock, IL)
April 22, 2014
May Jesus be with you at this moment,
May Jesus wrap His precious arms around you,
May Jesus hold you close to His heart ,
May Jesus comfort your hurt and pain,
May Jesus give you His loving gift of peace.

Know you are loved by many. I will pray everyday for you and your family.
Marilu Lackore
April 22, 2014
Gary and Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child, for Keri and children, a wonderful husband and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Margee (Hauck) Hedin
April 22, 2014
Gary, Sue, Keri, and family, My thoughts are many my words are few. Blessings to all who suffer the loss of Gary. My heart swells with sorrow, for many of you are more than acquaintances you are extensions of my mom Susan Combs Thompson's chosen family. Love Gina Ferrell and family.
Gina Ferrell
April 22, 2014
Gary, Sue, and the Bougie Family:

We were saddened to hear about the passing of Gary. We wish we could find words that would relieve your pain. Losing a loved is one of the saddest life experiences possible and words of true comfort are difficult to find.

May time heal your sorrow, may family and friends comfort you, may peace replace heartache, faith uphold you, and may the beautiful, loving memories you have of Gary give you strength at this difficult time.
Please know that we are thinking of you in your sorrow.

You have our sincere condolences.

With deepest sympathy,
Tom and Kathy Ward
Kathy (Dwuznik) Ward
April 22, 2014
Keri - You and your beautiful children are in my thoughts and prayers. God and Angels Bless you ALL. May Gary Rest In Peace Love ~ Janet Balchunas
Janet Balchunas
April 22, 2014
Gary & Sue, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your son. Your family and his family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May his memory be eternal.
May his memory be eternal.
Sandi Acker-Heuer
April 21, 2014
Gary & Sue, we are very saddened to hear of your son's passing. You will be in our thoughts & prayers. May God bless you all with peace & comfort at this very sad time. He lives on in your hearts always.

May he rest in peace.

Gloria & Trinidad Uribe Jr
April 21, 2014
Gary was the most passionate person I had the pleasure to work for. I'm deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family
Brian Custer
April 21, 2014
Dearest Keri, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Kathy Pierce (Intren)
Kathy Pierce
April 21, 2014
Gary was one of my best friends. Gary's family and friends meant the world to him, and he meant the world to all of us. This is truly devastating. My heart goes out to Gary's family and everyone grieving for him.
Brian Coli
April 21, 2014
I can't tell you how saddened I am to hear of Gary's passing. I knew him through my brothers. He was a great guy. Words are never enough during these times, but please know that all of Gary's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you during this difficult time and rest in peace Gary.
Amy Mertel-Finnerty
April 21, 2014
Keri, I am so very sorry for your loss; please know we are thinking of you and your children and praying for you. God Bless You and Your Family. Heidi (Intren)
April 21, 2014
keri,kids and family,
May you feel his love for all of you during tough times and never forget his smile and laugh. R.I.P Buddy.
Mitch Day
April 21, 2014
I went to high school Gary and heard of his passing yesterday through some friends. I am deeply saddened by his loss, he was a great guy, a great family man and a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. - Matt Carney
Matt Carney
April 21, 2014
Dearest Kerri,

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mira ( Intren)
April 21, 2014
I knew Gary briefly but felt some how that I knew him for a longer time. His energy and passion for life made Gary a joy to be around . My prayers and heart are with you Keri and Gary and Sue and his family. Robert Kowalski
April 21, 2014
Gary & Sue, Sorry for you loss, you are in my prayers.
Felix Zapata
April 20, 2014
Gary and Sue,
Words can't describe how we feel. No one should ever have to lose a child, no matter what age. Your grandchildren will need you more than ever right now. Gain strength in knowing that your son lives on in them. Thinking of you...
Henry & Nancy Lubrant
April 20, 2014
Dear Gary and Sue, we are very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our sadness for you and your family. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Love John and Carol Palacio
John & Carol Palacio
April 20, 2014