Gary Mengler

CRYSTAL FALLS – Gary J. Mengler, 55, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital after a short, hard fought battle with cancer.

He was born on March 14, 1958, in Berwyn, Ill., son of Violet (Kvidera) and the late Ernest Mengler. Gary married Lori McCarthy-Wenig on Aug. 25, 2004, and they resided in Cicero, Ill., and Crystal Falls until moving permanently to Crystal Falls in August 2012.

He was always helping anyone and everyone. He was a good hearted man. Gary loved fishing, boating and any other activity that would keep him outdoors. He valued and enjoyed his lifetime membership to the Pine Ridge Hunt Club. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and an animal lover.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Lori Mengler of Crystal Falls; his mother, Violet Mengler of Park Ridge, Ill.; two stepchildren, Mary (John) Schultz of Aurora, Ill., and Matt (Katie) Wenig of Plainfield, Ill.; three step-grandchildren, Tyler John, Lucas Joshua, and Johnny William; sister, Christine (Andy) Mazzarella of Park Ridge; father-in-law, Jerry McCarthy of Crystal Falls; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his loving pets, Crystal, Sammie and Penny.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Mengler; his special aunt, Ann; his cousin, JoAnn; mother-in-law, Mary (Sansonetti) McCarthy; brother-in-law, David McCarthy; his grandparents; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal Falls.

The funeral service will follow Monday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Fr. Jeffrey Kurtz will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

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The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the funeral arrangements.