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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Gartner, David




David Edward Gartner, loving husband of Mary Lou (Kummer) Gartner for 68 wonderful years, a rock and patriarch for a family that has grown over the years to 54 members, went home to heaven on Monday, October 11, 2021 peacefully surrounded by his family after a long illness.  He leaves an amazing legacy of 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Mary Lou, Dave is survived by his children: Sue (Bernie) O’Keefe, Dave Gartner, Sherry (Brian) Reilly, Jim (Patricia) Gartner, Jeanne (Doug) Earp and Judy (Mike) Mattivi.  His grandchildren include: Bernie (Katie), Karen, Amy O’Keefe and Megan (Josh) Barca; Matthew (Kim) and Hannah Reilly, Jonathan (Adrienne) Turnbull-Reilly, Kirsten (Mark) VandenBout, Emma (Paul) Wright; Nicole (Pat) Spare, Lindsay (Josh) Madore, and Angela Gartner; Nathan, Michaela, Nicholas (pre-deceased), and Marcy Mattivi.  Great grandchildren include: Kelly, Elly, Bubba and Joey O’Keefe; Maddie, Claire, and Walter Barca; Mason and Carter Spare; Emily, Lucia, Abby, Sienna, Finn, Charlotte and Connor Madore; and preborn baby Turnbull-Reilly.  His family was clearly his life.  Dave was born on October 1, 1930 to Joseph and Marcella Gartner and survived by sisters-in-law Eleanore and Florence Gartner. In addition to his parents, Dave was pre-deceased by his brothers Joseph, Paul, and Richard Gartner. He was a gentle, humble, patient man of deep faith attending daily Mass with Mary Lou and as a prayer intercessor for the family, church, country, and world with daily prayers, rosaries, and Divine Mercy Chaplets.  Dave was born and died in October, the Respect Life month in the Catholic Church, which is dedicated to valuing the gift of human life and building a culture that cherishes and protects it.  He was the rock-solid support behind Mary Lou’s many years of prolife activities. A carpenter like Jesus, Dave was always happy with a bucket of nails in one hand and a hammer in the other, constantly renovating and adding to his home and blessing others. With an impressive work bench and tool collection, he lovingly and patiently took on many projects of toys, Christmas creches, and unending repair jobs for which there is a family saying that “Dad can fix anything anytime anywhere in 5 minutes with no help.” Dave studied at Carnegie Tech night school while working full time and raising his budding family at the beginning of his career.  He was the Chief Engineer for Union Spring and Manufacturing until age 72 designing springs for things as small as fountain pens and as large as cars, trucks, railroad cars and Boeing 747 jets.  His intense interest in landing on the moon was due to his small part in designing the springs for the lunar lander.  He had a great love of music singing many years in the church choir and a barbershop quartet.  Dave will be greatly missed.  Friends and relatives will be received on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 2-4 & 6-8 p. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont.  Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 14, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Holy Family Parish (St. Joseph Catholic Church) Please wear a mask during viewing and funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to PCUC (People Concerned for the Unborn Child), 3050 Pioneer Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15226, EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), 5817 Old Leeds Road Irondale AL 35210, or a charity of your choice.