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Michael J. Gardon

Michael John Gardon, 57, of Peshtigo, was unexpectedly called to eternal life on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 7 from a heart attack.

He was born in Menominee, MI on July 5, 1957, to Charles C. and Mary Ann (Pesch) Gardon.

 He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1975, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Marquette University in 1979.

On Nov. 5, 1983, he married the former Margaret (Peggy) Klumb at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Menominee, MI.

Employed by the Peshtigo Times for 35 years, he was the vice president and sports editor. He loved sports and was a former coach of Peshtigo Little League and St. Mary’s grade school basketball. He presently umpired high school and Wishigan League baseball and refereed high school basketball.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Little River Country Club in Marinette. He also treasured time spent with his sons and brothers hunting on the Hale Road Farm of his great uncle Joe Gardon.

A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce, the WIAA Officials Association and Wisconsin Newspaper Association, he was very active in the M & O conference.

  Survivors are his beloved wife, Peggy; three sons: Joseph (special friend Crystal) of Peshtigo, John (fianc Kristin) of De Pere, Jeffrey (special friend Lindsey) of Oshkosh and an only daughter, Emily (special friend, Joe) of Peshtigo. His parents survive along with six brothers: Charles P. (Debbie) Gardon of Peshtigo, Peter (Jean) Gardon of Verona, Patrick (Terry) Gardon of West Bend, Mark (Margaret) Gardon of Oneida, Paul (Sheryl) Gardon of Longmont, Colo. and John (Aimee) Gardon of West Chester, Ohio; and four sisters: Mary (Thomas) Moule, of Green Bay, Anne Gardon of Silver Spring, MD, Elizabeth (Paul) Arneson of Marshfield and Kathleen (Paul) Olnes of Omaha, NE. 

Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Mary Ann Klumb of Menominee, MI; three brothers-in-law: Joe (Joann) Klumb and Jerry (Lisa) Klumb of Marinette and John (Sue) Klumb of Menominee, MI.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo (Steve) Haines and Maureen (Joel) Johnson of Green Bay along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Alexander Nicholas; his father-in-law, Philip (Windy) Klumb; grandparents, John and Marie Gardon and Leo J. Sr. and Anna Pesch.

  Visitation was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Peshtigo on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Rev. Father John Harper was the celebrant along with Msgr. John Patrick and Rev. Father Richard Getchel.

Burial took place on Wednesday morning, Aug. 13. A procession began from Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo at 9:30 a.m. and drove past the Peshtigo Times to Michael’s final resting place at Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo. Msgr. Patrick officiated at graveside services.

Pallbearers were Mark Bruemmer, Sam Komp, John LaCourt, Al Mathy, Lee Mylener and Mike Piasecki. A memorial fund is established in his name.




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