THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Raymond "Jabbo" Garvaglia, 85, of Niagara, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 17, 1931 in Iron Mountain, Mi., to the the late John "Jack" and Louise (Neveau) Garvaglia, he graduated from Niagara High School in 1950, where he was the star athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball.
He served in the United States Army Airborne as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. After service, he returned home and worked at Niagara Paper Mill until his retiring in 1991.
He married Cary Hanson on Aug. 21, 1954 in Clintonville and they enjoyed almost 63 years of marriage. They traveled throughout the United States and overseas and owned Garvaglia's Christmas Tree Farm for many years.
A kind heart, he helped anyone in need, especially his family and elderly. Family was important to him and he enjoyed time with his grandchildren. An avid woodworker and gardener he was proud to share his work and vegetables with others.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and was an active member at St. Anthony Catholic Church where he served as an usher.
He is survived by his wife, Cary; four children, Chris (Joe) Bratta of Mundelein, Ill., and Jacki (Jeff) Courney, Todd (Linda Severson) Garvaglia and Craig (Maureen) Garvaglia, all of of Niagara; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ted (Judy) Garvaglia of Niagara and Rick Gunville of Quinnesec and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey "Jabbo" Garvaglia; a sister, Lois (Ray) Sielaff; his step-father, Earl Gunville; a nephew, Mark Garvaglia and a special aunt, who helped raise him, Kate Serene.
Visitation was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara on Friday, Aug. 18 from 1 p.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Fr. Matthew Settle officiated with burial in Niagara Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Maryhill Manor, the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain assisted the family with arrangements.