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Gary Francis Mella

November 8, 1957 February 11, 2020
Gary Francis Mella
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Obituary for Gary Francis Mella

FITCHBURG/MANITOWOC - Gary Francis Mella, age 62, of Fitchburg, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, surrounded by his family, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born on Nov. 8, 1957, in Manitowoc, the son of Leonard and Eunice (Holschbach) Mella. Gary graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He married Terry (Theresa) Johnsen on May 1, 1982.

Gary worked for Bruce Boiler Burner and Equipment, Inc. Prior to that, he worked as an Engineer for Marshall Erdmann & Associates where he made many life-long friends. He enjoyed volunteering as a hunter safety coordinator and instructor. He was an active member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Gary enjoyed hunting, being outdoors, staying busy with "DIY" home improvement projects, and watching the Badgers and Packers. Most of all, Gary loved spending time with his family & friends. His greatest joy was his granddaughter.

Gary is survived by his wife, Terry; children, Kimberly Mella, Kaitlyn (Brian) Mella-Schmidt and Grant Mella; granddaughter, Genevieve Schmidt; brother, Glenn (Cass) Mella; sister, Monica Mella Schmidt; mother-in-law, Carolyn Johnsen (Donald) Walske; sister-in-law, Julie (Gerry) Maslanka; brothers-in-law, Steven (Dawn) Johnsen and Dennis (Brenda) Johnsen; nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Alden Johnsen; nephew, Bryan Zipperer; and special friends, Fred Moll and Thomas Shultz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, with Father Patrick Norris presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, and also at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Wednesday. Burial will be held at a later date.

The family also wishes to thank their St. Mary’s Hospital Family. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Rd.
(608) 442-5002


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Tuesday

18

Feb

4:00 PM 2/18/2020 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/18/2020 7:00:00 PM
Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care

2950 Chapel Valley Rd.
Fitchburg, WI 53711

Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Rd. Fitchburg 53711 WI
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

19

Feb

9:30 AM 2/19/2020 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/19/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church

5313 Flad Ave
Madison, WI

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
5313 Flad Ave Madison WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday

19

Feb

11:00 AM 2/19/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church

5313 Flad Ave
Madison, WI

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
5313 Flad Ave Madison WI
United States
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