Friday, July 12, 2013

MICHAEL E. "MIKE," GANT, age 67, from Louisville, passed away peacefully at his home on July 10, 2013. Michael was born September 14, 1945 in Louisville, KY. He was a graduate of Flaget High School and Watterson College. He was a Catholic by faith.

He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving on the USS Forrestal, in the Vietnam Era. He retired from the Courier Journal after 31 years of service. He was a member of St. Francis of Xavier Catholic Church in Mt. Washington.

He enjoyed University of Louisville basketball and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband , father and grandfather. He was very helpful and considerate and never lost his sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Gant. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Annamaria Saccone Gant; his mother, Lucille Stamper Gant; two daughters, Rebecca (Steve) Mattingly of Louisville and Veronica (Ron) Abell of Mt Washington. He was known as "Pappy" to his five grandchildren, they were his pride and joy Nicholas, Lukas and Thomas Mattingly and Ethan and Elizabeth Abell; three sisters, Peggy (Wayne) Kendall, Patty Gilbert and Pam Satterly all of Bardstown; a special aunt, Tootie Bryan; and several aunts , uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday July 12, 2013 at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, with Fr. Ken Fortener as celebrant, followed by a Christian burial in St. Catherine of Alexandria Church Cemetery. With full Military Honors. Visitation will be Friday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Joseph L Greenwell Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society. Joseph L Greenwell Funeral Home, 324 E. Center Street, New Haven, KY, is entrusted in the arrangements.

Pray for the repose of Mike's soul, and peace and comfort for his wife, Annamaria, and their family and friends. Mike's daughter, Veronica and her family are also members of Saint Francis Xavier, Mt. Washington.