The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

On Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 24, the Lord called home a lov­ing hus­band, amaz­ing father, and kick-ass Paw­paw. Gary had lived 68 years, born Au­gust 18, 1950, in Edi­son, New Jersey. Af­ter a strong fight with ag­gres­sive Creutzfeldt-Jakob dis­ease, Gary passed peace­fully in his sleep.

Gary was al­ways avail­able to lend a help­ing hand, en­cour­age kids to use bad man­ners, and lov­ingly give ev­ery­one a hard time. He used to say that he “hated ev­ery­one, just some less than oth­ers,” but that state­ment was far from true. He loved ev­ery­one and helped us learn to laugh at our­selves. Gary loved the Lord, and God has held us in His hand through­out this jour­ney.

Gary con­nected with many neigh­bors, church­mates, and co­work­ers through­out his life. He made fond me­mories with his Ba­nana Boat crew, Rack Room kids, his co­work­ers at Top Gun Power Wash­ing & Paint­ing, and peo­ple at Pep Boys and Sta­ples Au­to­mo­tive. He was al­ways around his kids’ han­gouts and many of their friends re­mem­ber Gary fondly.

Gary is sur­vived by his soul­mate of 44 years, Luukie Nemeth; broth­ers, Gene Nemeth, Rick Nemeth, and Bill “Ranger” An­tonucci; four cousins who were like sis­ters, Patty, Linda, Janie, & Nancy; three chil­dren, Catina Chapman (Josh), Cody Nemeth (Ad­die), and Cassie Wolfe (Tommy); eleven grand­chil­dren; nieces and neph­ews; and sev­eral friends who were con­sid­ered fam­ily.

The fam­ily would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal Neu­rol­ogy De­part­ment, Din­wid­die Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, and McGuire Vet­er­ans Hos­pi­tal Jour­ney’s Way Hospice Unit for their ex­cel­lent care of Gary and com­pas­sion ex­tended to the fam­ily since Septem­ber.

Our fam­ily greatly ap­pre­ci­ates your prayers and con­do­lences. In lieu of flow­ers, we ask that do­na­tions be made to the CJD foun­da­tion. This rare dis­ease takes suf­fer­ers of­ten within a year of di­ag­no­sis. There is no cure, and lit­tle is known about how suf­fer­ers ex­pe­ri­ence the dis­ease, as com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­comes dif­fi­cult.

A ser­vice will be held Sat­ur­day, De­cem­ber 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Cal­vary’s Love Min­istries in Hopewell, VA. A re­cep­tion will fol­low, lo­ca­tion to be an­nounced at the church.

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