In memory of
Gary Joseph CONTRERAS
In memory of
Gary Joseph CONTRERAS
Age 62, of Chandler AZ, was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. On January 17, 2021, he passed away due to complications of Covid. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Julia Schwegman. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Mary (Bielmaier) Contreras, his son, Callan Contreras and fiancé Jennifer Oman, his sister Anita Sellers (Mike), and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Gary was known for his love of the Grand Canyon and hiking and backpacking the wilds of Arizona, another reason his nickname "GC" was so appropriate. He delighted in world travels with his wife, Mary, as they ventured all but two of the continents together. Gary worked in the Prosthetic and Orthotic industry for over 35 years. He was inspired into this career by his dear friend Pierrot Apikelis after an industrial accident. In this field, he used his creativity to help others find mobility and ability. Gary's creativity extended to his love of playing his classical guitar and gardening. Gary was a genuinely kind soul and his spirit will live in the hearts of those who knew him. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, whose kindness was truly as vast as the Grand Canyons that he loved. As a Minnesota native, he loved spending time back home with family and friends, he loved his Vikings, Twins, Gopher hockey, the MN State Fair and everything Minnesota. Catholic mass and interment will be announced at a later date to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota and celebration in Wall, South Dakota and Tempe, Arizona. A Private Service will be held at the Grand Canyon on October 15th & 16th, 2021. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to one of the following: Foundation for Living Medicine, 9400 E Shea Blvd #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Grand Canyon Conservancy, 4 Tonto St, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023. Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Sellers, Christophe Prosnier, Craig Bielmaier, Kevin Bielmaier, Dr Aaron Scott, Scott Stewart, Dr Keith Thompson, Keith Koecher, Tom Haenfler, Kip Foye, Dave Mazzara, Tom Hayden, Jay Peterson, Dr Konard Hauffe, David Persighel. Condolences can also be posted at: http://buelermortuary.com/gary-joseph-contreras/ .
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In memory of
Gary Joseph CONTRERAS
Age 62, of Chandler AZ, was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. On January 17, 2021, he passed away due to complications of Covid. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Julia Schwegman. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Mary (Bielmaier) Contreras, his son, Callan Contreras and fiancé Jennifer Oman, his sister Anita Sellers (Mike), and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Gary was known for his love of the Grand Canyon and hiking and backpacking the wilds of Arizona, another reason his nickname "GC" was so appropriate. He delighted in world travels with his wife, Mary, as they ventured all but two of the continents together. Gary worked in the Prosthetic and Orthotic industry for over 35 years. He was inspired into this career by his dear friend Pierrot Apikelis after an industrial accident. In this field, he used his creativity to help others find mobility and ability. Gary's creativity extended to his love of playing his classical guitar and gardening. Gary was a genuinely kind soul and his spirit will live in the hearts of those who knew him. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, whose kindness was truly as vast as the Grand Canyons that he loved. As a Minnesota native, he loved spending time back home with family and friends, he loved his Vikings, Twins, Gopher hockey, the MN State Fair and everything Minnesota. Catholic mass and interment will be announced at a later date to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota and celebration in Wall, South Dakota and Tempe, Arizona. A Private Service will be held at the Grand Canyon on October 15th & 16th, 2021. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to one of the following: Foundation for Living Medicine, 9400 E Shea Blvd #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Grand Canyon Conservancy, 4 Tonto St, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023. Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Sellers, Christophe Prosnier, Craig Bielmaier, Kevin Bielmaier, Dr Aaron Scott, Scott Stewart, Dr Keith Thompson, Keith Koecher, Tom Haenfler, Kip Foye, Dave Mazzara, Tom Hayden, Jay Peterson, Dr Konard Hauffe, David Persighel. Condolences can also be posted at: http://buelermortuary.com/gary-joseph-contreras/ .
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