Gary S. Waldal, age 77, of North Hudson died peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at his residence with his family surrounding him. Gary was born on July 23, 1942 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; the son of Eyolf and Evelyn (Johnson) Waldal. He was raised in Woodville, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school in 1960. He would further his education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics. On May 6, 1967, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Ricci at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cumberland, WI. This union would be blessed with three children. Gary initially worked as a computer programmer for Control Data for many productive years and then continued doing computer work elsewhere until his retirement. Gary was a kind and gentle man who lived for his faith and family. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent with family at the cabin on Beaver Dam Lake in Cumberland where he enjoyed fishing and canoeing. Over the years, an interest learned from his father was planting and caring for ornamental trees. He shared this hobby with his family and took pride in it. He also took pleasure in collecting and reading books. Furthermore, following his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with “Friends of the Library” at the Hudson Public Library. His faith was the foundation of his life. He lived as an ambassador to Christ and passed that on to his children and grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife Kathleen; children Eric Waldal, Gretchen (Jeff) Hansen, Scott (Katie) Waldal; grandchildren Anna, Alex, Gabriel, Cameron, Colwyn, Carolin, Coleen, Callaghan, Corrigan, Catherin; and his sister-in-law Audrey Waldal. His parents, siblings Ranuld and Sonja precede him in death.
Funeral Mass celebrating his life was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson, WI. Burial was in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Cumberland, WI. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes.