HOUGHTON - John A. Gaspardo, 94, son of James and Frances (Ceretto) Gaspardo, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at The Bluffs in Houghton where he had been residing for the past few weeks.
John was born April 16, 1918, on the family dairy farm in Arcadian Location, Hancock, where he helped with the family milk business. He attended the Arcadian School.
John was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from March, 1941 to November, 1945 in Iceland, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. He was honorably discharged after the war as TSgt. He was a member of the American Legion for 68 years.
John met the love of his life, Agnes Wills, at Ft. Dix, N.J., and they were married in March 1946. He built his house in Delran, N.J., where he and his wife resided.
She preceded him in death in 1999 and he moved back to Michigan earlier this month.
They had a strong Christian faith and were very active in their church in Delran. They also enjoyed many years of square dancing, antique car parades and traveling to Florida and Michigan.
After many years of employment working with the Wills Family Business, a fruit and vegetable retail outlet in New Jersey, John worked as an auto mechanic until his retirement. He was active throughout the rest of his life repairing lawnmowers or anything mechanical for family, friends and neighbors.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Johanna (Peter) Plutt; and a brother, Battista (Helen) Gaspardo.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Emily (Howard) Wills and Helen (Roland) Wills of New Jersey; nephews, James A. (Judith) Plute of Wisconsin, James A. (Mary) Gaspardo of Wisconsin, John P. (Phyllis) Plutt of Arcadian Location, Ralph (Sheri) Hamlin of New Jersey, Randy Goldy and Roy Goldy, both of New Jersey; nieces, Jean Gaspardo (Ronald) Vanous of Colorado and Barbara (James) Lippincott of New Jersey; grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand-nieces, great-grand-nephews, cousins and many friends.
The family would like to offer its deep appreciation and gratitude to Portage Home, Health and Hospice and the entire staff at The Bluffs for their exceptional help, concern and care during Uncle John's brief illness. Thank you.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet with Military Honors to be conducted by the American Legion.
Memorials may be made in John's name to Alfred Erickson American Legion Post 186, 1320 W. Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930, or to the charity of one's choice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc.