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Gary Michael Congdon

1946 — December 21, 2022

Gary Michael Congdon, 76, of New York State, died on December 21, 2022.

Gary was born on March 17, 1946,  in Zion, IL, the son of  Everett and Evangeline Congdon. He graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School, Worsham College of Mortuary Science and Carthage College.  He served his country with the United States Air Force.  Gary worked at the Congdon Funeral Home and then in various culinary positions in Wisconsin and New York. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time in Northern Wisconsin.

After his beginnings in the Midwest Gary moved to New York where he began a new life. He was cherished by his New York family and spent the remainder of his life in the comfort of their love and gracious care.

He is survived by his brother, Loren (Margaret) Congdon; ex-wife, Mary Lou Congdon; a daughter; sister-in-law, Pamela Congdon; in New York, his ex-partner and dear friend, Frederick (Edward) Mattoon-Cuthbertson; sisters-in-law, Krista Howard-Vice, Rachelle Ryan, Sandra McNeal, and Ruth Ann Hall; brother-in-law, Michael Mattoon; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, LeAnna K. Fischer; brother, Ardsly P. Congdon; brother-in-law, Lee J. Fischer; and a nephew, Caleb Congdon.

Gary is now at peace and was laid to rest with his parents at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion, IL, following a private service which brought together both of his immediate families.

“Gary was a kind, gentle soul and was humble, despite his knowledge and talent.  He put love into all of the little things in life, things many of us take for granted.  Gary was patient and never judged or belittled others.  He made you feel comfortable even during stressful times.  Gary had a love for animals, nature and the simple things in life.”  -Krista Howard-Vice
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