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In Memory of Gary Waldal

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.

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    • Gary had a quiet and humble disposition, that very few people possess. His faith was evident and he gave me a number of sermon notes from Charles Stanley that he had taken over a period of time. Evidently he wanted to make sure that he could analyze the message and absolutely comprehend what was intended. It reminded of when I was in confirmation class and had to submit a report on each Sunday’s sermon.
      When we lived in North Hudson, nearby, he on occasion, would watch the Packers football games with us. He would know when each player was drafted, in what round they were picked and the school they graduated from, but then he was a numbers guy.
      We shared pie and ice cream both at his place and at the “farm”, where we live now. He was always so complimentary about the farm and we looked forward to having him again this summer but we will miss the fellowship with him.
      We are glad to have known him through the years.

    • I’m so very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. The Friends of the Library appreciated his many years of volunteer service. I would often see him and his wife at Mass. My sincere condolences to Gary’s family. May he Rest In Peace.

    • Dear Scott, Katie and Family,

      I never formally met your father, but he always sported a friendly smile. It won’t be soon forgotten. May God be with you today and always as you say your goodbyes to Gary!

    • You are on my mind constantly. I was so glad to learn that Gary died peacefully with family beside him. The thought of not having family near during this time (because of the pandemic) was tearing me apart. God has provided and will continue to lovingly provide for you and your beautiful family.

      Gary was the kindest and most faithful man I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will forever reflect on his gentle guidance, which kept me steadfast in my faith — especially during the most difficult of times.

      God called his angel home and he will be missed forever!

      With love!

    • Kathy, I’m so sorry for you and your family going through this sad time without the hugs (but prayers!) from your many friends. He will be missed!

    • So sorry to learn of Gary’s death. He was a good and humble man. May God’s peace be with you during this time of loss.