2017-04-27 / Obituaries

Gary Socia

Gary Socia Gary Socia Gary Joseph Socia, 61, of Pickford, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at his home, following an illness with cancer.

He was born January 17, 1956, to Albert and Geraldine (nee Labinski) Socia in Mt. Clemens.

Mr. Socia grew up in Michigan, one of seven siblings. As a young man, he began working in the excavating industry.

He married Brenda Moore June 25, 1987, and together they built their home in Pickford and reared their family.

Mr. Socia was a hardworking man, and he was lucky enough to have a passion for what he did, excavating. He woke up every morning with a smile, family members said, and was truly grateful for what he did. He would be the first person who would help anyone. With a simple hello, he would befriend everyone he met. He was proud of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; four children and their families, Jordon and Sasha Moore of Marquette, Jamie and Matthew Hamilton of Charlotte, North Carolina, Joseph and Jamie Socia of Pickford, and Heather and Mike Verrico of Plum, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Nathon, Auston, Haedyn, Makayla, Jeromy, Joseph, Jr., Quinn, and Annie Mae, and his mother, Geraldine Andrzejewski. He is also survived by two brothers and their families, Daniel and Kathy Socia of Pickford and Michael and Paula Socia of Oscoda; three sisters and their families, Karen Lacklin, Denise and Darrell Harp, and his twin sister, Gail Kovak, all of Pickford, and a brother-in-law, Robert Reinhardt of New Haven.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Socia; a sister, Susan Reinhardt, and his stepfather, Ron Andrzejewski.

No services are planned at this time.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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