Michael Garrity, 71, Vietnam veteran, mechanic

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Michael F. Garrity Sr., 71, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 26, 2014 at Hines V.A. Hospital. Born on Oct. 21, 1942 in Chicago, he was a fleet mechanic for AT&T and enjoyed working on cars and taking road trips with his hot rod. 

Michael Garrity is survived by his wife, Diana M. (nee Ganschow); his children, Michael Jr., Anne Catherine "Katie" (John) Tricoci, Mary Margaret "Peggy," Matthew, Mark (Gloria), Jennifer (John) DeMoraes and Thomas; his grandchildren, Emily, Melissa, Thomas, Bryanna, Tyler, Joseph, Jillian, Lillianna and Violet; his great-grandchild, Allison; his siblings, John (Patricia) and Jeanne; and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eileen (the late Tilford) Ward. 

A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. 

Interment will take place privately at Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island. 

Memorial contributions to Edward Hines Jr. V.A. Hospital, 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141 or Suburban Fellowship Center, 7438 W. Harrison St., Forest Park, IL 60130 would be appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home in North Riverside. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kuratko-nosek.com.

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Stormy Hunter from Encinitas CA  

Posted: March 15th, 2014 1:09 PM

Forty years ago, when I was 16 and living in Oak Park, Mike did some maintenance work on my first car. He was a brilliant mechanic and a genuinely nice guy. My path only crossed his those few times in the mid 1970s, but I never forgot his name or the quality of his work. Rest in peace, Mike. Sincerest condolences to the Garrity family.

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