2016-12-15 / Obituaries


Gary Francis Neddo, of Traverse City, formerly of Lake Leelanau, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at age 73. Gary was born on January 5, 1943 in Mesick to William and Agnes (Buckley) Neddo. He graduated from Mesick High School in 1962 and went on to become a tool and die tradesman, working in the industry for 42 years. He met his wife, Martha LaBonte, on a blind date and two years later, on November 26, 1966 they were married.

Gary and Martha lived in Traverse City for the first two years of their marriage and then moved out to Martha’s family farm in Lake Leelanau, where they raised their family. They moved back to Traverse City just one year ago.

Gary was known as a kind and gentle soul, who was even-keeled, rarely ever getting angry. He and Martha were a perfect balance for each other. Gary always went out of his way to do anything for anyone (almost to a fault), never expecting anything in return. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to experience his kindness.

Gary is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha, his children; Richard (Catherine) Belanger-Neddo, Duane “Dewy” (Melody) Everett-Neddo, Diane Turner and her partner J.R. Wilson, Bob (Michele) Neddo, and Christopher Neddo; six grandchildren: Vincent Belanger, Samantha Turner, Jonathan Turner, Lindsey Neddo, Lillian Neddo, and Robert J. Neddo; 2 great-grandchildren: Giovanni Turner and Genevieve Turner; brothers Ted and Ron (Kathleen) Neddo; brother-in-law Mike Steffens; many nieces and nephews, and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Caroline (Densel) Hoseit; sister Rosie Steffens; brother John (Laura) Neddo; sister Helen (Eugene) Egeler; sister-in-law Donna Neddo.

A Memorial Service is planned Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at 11 a.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A luncheon is planned immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to Cedar Fire Department or mass intentions at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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