Gary Thomas Wood

May 31, 1961February 21, 2013

Gary Thomas Wood, 51, of Lower Paxton Twp., passed away tragically and expectedly on Thursday, February 21, 2013. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1979 and in 1986 from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Gary worked for Saint Catherine Laboure Church and School, Harrisburg and the Veterans of Foreign Affairs, Harrisburg. His hard work, dedication, and love for the children at Saint Catherine’s were recognized often by the administration and faculty but especially by the students who affectionately referred to him as Mr. Gary. A good and caring man, Gary had a great sense of humor. Family was always the most important thing to him and his children are his legacy. Gary enjoyed the outdoors, especially baseball, golfing and fishing. Gary was born in Sunbury, PA, and leaves behind his loving wife of 25 years, Maria (Dietz) Wood; two wonderful children, Megan and Jack Wood, both of Harrisburg. In addition, Gary is survived by his mother, Lois (Hontz) Wood of Harrisburg; sister, Betsy Weaver, of Halifax; and countless family and friends that loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his father, Jack Wood. Visitation will be held 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26th, at Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg, recitation of the Rosary will be at 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 27th, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Harrisburg, followed by the burial at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gary Thomas Wood

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May 22, 2013

Mr Gary I miss you so much our birthday is coming up! R.I.P Mr G to the best birthday buddy anyone could have! Miss you so much!
~Cara Kegerreis

March 8, 2013

Maria and children, my deepest sympathy on the loss of you "dear one." My prayers are with you at this time. May our loving God grant you the graces that you need.
Sister Rita Polchin, SS.C.M.

The Emerick Family

March 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Gary. My Kindergarten son just loved seeing Mr. Gary around the school. He got to know him in preschool since Gary's office was so close to the classroom and he passed through quite a bit. Also, I had the pleasure of dealing with him on several occasions for various PTO events. He was always so kind and helpful. The school will not be the same without our beloved Mr. Gary. God Bless you all!

March 1, 2013

Dear Maria, Jack and Megan, MaynGod grant Gary eternal peace and to you consolation at his loss.
Msgr. Thomas Kujovsky

March 1, 2013

Although we had only known Gary for a short while from the VFW, he always was a kind person, and he will be missed. Let him rest in peace. Bill and Peggy Kautz

Sharon Beaghley

February 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Every time I saw Gary he always had a smile on this face. Sharon Beaghley (Nashville, TN)

Barb Sariano

February 27, 2013

Maria, Megan, and Jack,
I'm so sorry for your great loss. Gary always took time for a friendly greeting and smile. Such a kind man! May God who holds Gary hold you also. Praying for you,

February 26, 2013

Dear Maria, We are so sorry to hear this news. We are thinking of you with love and prayers, Heather and Lorie Lupinacci

Kathy James

February 26, 2013

Gary was a blessing to St. Catherine Laboure School and Church. He always had a smile on his face and was so kind and patient whenever we needed anything.

Mark and Amy Brixius

February 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.