Official Obituary of

Mary Kathleen Pardo

February 17, 1947 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Mary Pardo Obituary

Kathy Pardo

Visitation will take place

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3:00pm until 8:00pm

Fred Wood Funeral Home

36100 Five Mile Road

Livonia, Michigan 48154

The funeral service will be held

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Visiting 10:30am ~ Service 11:00am

St. Colette Catholic Church

17600 Newburgh Road

Livonia, Michigan 48152

Memorial Contributions may be directed to

Angela Hospice Care Center
14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia Michigan 48154

American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Drive Southfield MI 48076

Mary Kathleen (Kathy) Pardo, born February 17, 1947, passed from this life Feb. 23, 2024, 7:09 p.m. at Angela Hospice in Livonia, MI. She is survived by husband of 57 years, Gary, and her seven children, Michael (Patricia); Patrice Bruen (Arthur), Denise Smith (Mark), Erin Wolyniak (Douglas), Thomas (Christel); Joy Treganowan (Jason); and Melissa O’Connell, (Daniel). She is also survived by her sister Joan, her brother David, 17 grandchildren, 3 great grand-children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Josephine and Floyd Gardner, her step-father Roy, and 8 siblings.

Kathy received communion in the morning and then, surrounded by all of her children and her husband, evening prayers. After the last child went home, just as she wanted, she went home to the Father.

To an acquaintance, Kathy was always kind with a smile and a nod. She might judge their taste in fashion but never their character.

To a fellow sports fan, she was the most loyal. Especially of the Tigers (cemented by her Hall of Famer Uncle Charlie Gehringer) but also love for the Lions. She would cheer on her Detroit teams and never missed a game no matter how the team was performing.

To a colleague, Kathy was willing to offer support or a helping hand and could be trusted to provide a candid solution to any problem. She always made time to listen and showed genuine concern.

To a friend, Kathy had the warmest greetings and a quickest wit. Friends knew her home was a sacred place that was never closed. Coffee was made, something warm and delicious was prepared, and no reservation was required.

To a niece or nephew, Kathy was a favorite aunt. She proudly baked and decorated every wedding cake with beauty and love. At family gatherings, she brought the most delicious food and reminded everyone that it is “better to have too much than not enough.”  

To a brother or sister, Kathy was the baby, but also the rock. Those who lived across the country knew everything at home was okay because she and Blandine were there to hold down the fort.  She carried the legacy of her mother with grace and pride, making space in her home if anyone needed to stay.

To a grandchild, she was the loudest cheerleader. The performances were all for her pleasure and approval, whether it was playing a sport, acting in the school play, singing in the choir, marching in the band, graduations (including from boot camp) and so much more.  And she loved all of her grandchildren equally, but not the same, because she saw how unique and incredibly special each was.

To a son or daughter, she is the mold from where they came.  Every time a meal is shared or a loaf of bread, or a pie comes out of the oven, she is there. Every hug and embrace received from them has her warmth and comfort. If you drop by, and they hope that you do, they will invite you in with a cup of coffee, and you will know that it is really her.

To Gary, she was a caretaker, partner in faith and love. But mostly a best friend. Their shared love for God was the foundation for their 57 years of marriage.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

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February 27, 2024

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

February 27, 2024

7:00 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

Lying In-State
February 28, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Colette Catholic Church
17600 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

Mass of Christian Burial
February 28, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Colette Catholic Church
17600 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152


Angela Hospice
14100 Newburgh Rd, Livonia MI 48154

American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Dr, Southfield MI 48076


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