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Daniel "Dan" McGarry

November 9, 1948 — August 26, 2022

Daniel "Dan" McGarry

Daniel J. McGarry, of North Mankato, passed away on August 26, 2022.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, North Mankato. Interment will be at Minneopa Cemetery, Mankato.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2022 at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, North Mankato. There will be no visitation before the service on Saturday.

Daniel James McGarry was born to Cyril and Beatrice (Behan) McGarry on November 9, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. The family moved to Cyril’s family farm outside of DeWitt, Iowa. Dan grew up on the farm, attended country school through 8th grade and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, DeWitt. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Iowa before enlisting in the U.S. Army January of 1969. He was honorably discharged December 19, 1971. He enrolled at Dunwoody Institute in the Architectural Drafting Program, graduating on May 17, 1974. May 18, 1974 he married his wife, Sandra Neseth in Kenyon, Minnesota. They had 2 children, Sarah and Peter. The family moved from New Brighton to North Mankato in 1985.

Dan spent his entire working life in the Automatic Fire Sprinkler business as a designer for fire sprinkler systems. He loved his work. He also enjoyed building things (decks, treehouses) golfing, bowling, and watching college basketball.

After retirement he worked at North Links Golf Course, mowing the rough in early mornings. He said it was so peaceful to see the early morning sun and enjoy the wildlife. Because of health issues he quit in summer of 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Geelan; brother, Joseph and his wife Beth; in laws; brother in law, Jerry Neseth; and nephew, Joel Penny.

He is survived by his wife; children; granddaughters, Zoey and Mya McGarry; sisters, Pat Penny and Sue (Dave) Lund; sisters in law, Carmen (David) Berg, Debbie (Galen) Thomas and Rose Neseth; brother in law, Leo Geelan; and several nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank Dr. Suresh Devineni, his staff and all of the staff at the Andreas Cancer Center for their wonderful care. They became like a second family to us over the last two years.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, New York 10087, Holy Rosary Catholic Church or donor’s choice.



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