LaVIGNE GARY J. Of Sterling Hts. passed away at home January 28, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary for 47 years. Dearest father of Michelle LaVigne and Lynda (Richard) Stirnemann. Dear grandfather of Amanda (Robert) Beason, Isabelle (Johnny) Buia, Jesse (Rachel) Stirnemann and Esme LaVigne. Dear great grandfather of Nina Buia and Judah Beason. Survived by his sweet mother, Marie. His sisters, Carol (Wil) Leese and Jacqueline (Roy) Hayes, his brothers: Gerard (Brenda), Roger, Michael and Alan LaVigne. Also, survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his father, Roy and sister Jeannine. Gary served his country for 4 years in the Air Force. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University. He was an accountant and ended his career as a Vice President of Finance at Gale Research. He enjoyed playing tennis, cards and games. He loved the outdoors, being in the sun, gardening and enjoying nature. He liked travelling, especially Paris, France and spending time with friends in Florida. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Memorial service Tuesday, February 5, visitation at 10:30 a.m., service 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kensington Church, 1825 E. Square Lake Rd. (corner of Square Lake and John R), Troy.
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Gary, We know U R in a better place looking down on us now.....I know Mary has a heart full of wonderful memories of the two of you...and the girls too....U were a wonderful husband and father....GOD BLESS!!!!!
Jackie, Saw this in the paper today. Caused me of think of all of you. So sorry for the loss of your brother, Gary.
I CANNOT EXPRESS THE HEARTACHE I FEEL FOR THE LaVIGNE FAMILY MEMBERS, LEFT BEHIND TO MOURN GARY'S PASSING. GARY LEFT BEHIND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, CARING, LOVING WIFE, ANY MAN WOULD WISH FOR. HIS MOTHER (MOM) LaVIGNE WAS A SAINT TO PUT UP WITH ALL THE CRAZINESS FROM GARY (THE LEADER OF THE PACK)AND GARY'S SIX SIBLINGS. I WAS TRULY BLESSED THE DAY THIS FAMILY CAME INTO MY LIFE, BACK IN 1957. EVERY FAMILY HAS IT'S UPS/DOWNS, BUT THIS WAS A FAMILY THAT ALWAYS REMAINED FAITHFUL TO EACH OTHER UP TO THIS VERY DAY. MAY GOD BRING COMFORT TO MARY, THEIR (TWO) DAUGHTERS AND ALL THE "GRAND BABIES" WHOSE GARY'S BLOOD RUNS THROUGH. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS FAMILY, FOR THEY TRULY ARE A GIFT FROM GOD TO ALL OF US WHO KNOWS THEM. GARY IS NOW BACK HOME WITH HIS ADORABLE SISTER JEANNINE, AND HIS DEVOTED FATHER, ROY... WE WILL ALL MISS YOU, GARY, BUT MAY YOU ENJOY YOUR FAMILY REUNION IN GOD'S HEAVENLY HOME... LOVE, BETTY
(we are friends of Jackie) We are very sorry for your loss Please know you are iour thughts and prayers. GOD BLESS
Friend of Gary's sister Jackie Hayes, Cherish your memories and embrace the love and support of your family and friends.
I wll certainly miss my sweet brother but know he is rejoicing with the angels now in Heaven.
Dear Uncle Gary...you are beautiful & you will be greatly missed. Love, Eva
Dear Mary & Family, We have many wonderful memories of Gary, and are remembering you and your family... With much love, Bill & Bettiann