Joseph John Gagliardo, 83 passed away March 12, 2020

Joseph John Gagliardo, 83 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 12, 2020. 

He was born Dec. 16, 1936 to Joseph and Mary (Raia) Gagliardo in Chicago, IL.  He moved to Michigan as a child and lived the Michigan life to the fullest.  He graduated from Coloma High School in 1955.  He married Reda Murphy in 1958 and they lived in Coloma their entire lives.  He retired from Clark Equipment Company in 1986 and then worked for Arny Construction until 1999. He then spent his time working on their cabin in northern Michigan.  His entire family spent many years enjoying time up north.  They raised 4 wonderful children Jody (Ed) Maher, Jana (Tyler) Baldwin, Anthony (Kelley) Gagliardo, and Amy (Brad) Snyder.  Joe was an avid sportsman and loved being in the woods or on a lake (frozen or otherwise) any time of the year. He loved everything having to do with being outside. 

Joe cheered for the Irish, Cubs and Lions.  Joe will be remembered for being a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend.  His door was always open and he was always lending a hand to any who needed help. The family would like to extend a huge thank you to Hospice at Home Caring Circle for the amazing care they provided.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Reda, a brother Peter (Marge) Gagliardo, a sister Jean (Michael) Postelli, 4 children,13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary and a brother Anthony. 

A Funeral Mass open to family and friends will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, March 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet, MI.  In accordance with his wishes cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers the family encourages individuals to make a donation in Joe’s memory to St. Jude’s Children's’ Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, Hospice at Home Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085, or Lake Michigan Catholic School education fund for his great-grandchildren, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, MI  49085.

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