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Mount Vernon News
November 14, 2012 10:50 am EST


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MOUNT VERNON — A Memorial Mass for Carl Gilligan, 85, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Newark, will be celebrated Saturday, at 11 a.m., at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rev. Jonathan Wilson and the Rev. Stephen Metzger officiating. The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service at the Church, and immediately following the service at a luncheon reception to be held at the Blessed Sacrament Annex. Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Carl Gilligan died at Knox Community Hospital Nov. 13, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 26, 1927, in Newark, the third child of Edward Francis and Bernice Ruth (Siegle) Gilligan.

He was a member of the class of 1945 at Newark St. Francis de Sales High School. He and Wanda Diller were married in 1948 and shared over 62 years of happy life.

They have four children, and six grandchildren: Michael (John Indalecio) of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Patrick (Lynn Agapi Gilligan) and their daughters, Halle, Kate, and Abby of Gambier; Sandra, of Boise, Idaho.; Mickey (Jim Mills) and their children, Sam, Peter, and Anne Mills of Cincinnati.

Following high school, Carl served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Administrative Specialist (MOS 502), last serving as a squadron Sergeant-Major. After discharge Carl worked at John J. Carroll’s Department Store before joining The Phil Vogelmeier Co. where he retired after thirty-six years as Executive Vice President. He also served as Vice President of Columbus Van and Storage and as President of Newark Contract Carrier. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of BancOhio National Bank for Licking and Perry Counties.

Carl was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, a former member of the Newark Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th degrees. He served several appointments by the mayor and county commissioners to committees for community development, children services and building of a new jail. He and Wanda were founding members of the Blessed Sacrament School Alumni/Alumnae Association and were the first editors of their newsletter.

He is survived by his children; grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Gilligan of Newark, and Bob (Nancy) Gilligan of Lexington, Ky.; sisters-in-law, Theresa Gilligan of Westerville, Vaida Thompson of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Shirley Rudolph of Newark; many nephews; and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, in 2011; his parents, Frank and Bernice Gilligan; his mother-in-law, Gladys Diller Veach; two brothers, and a sister, Richard (Dorothy) Gilligan, Patty (Jack) Maier and Tom Gilligan; sisters-in-law, Nina Gilligan and Geraldine Gilligan; nephews, Barry Diller and Dennis Gilligan; a niece, Nancy Jo Gilligan Knode.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be given to the Blessed Sacrament School Building Fund, 378 East Main St., Newark, OH 43055.

Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, is in charge of the arrangements. To share your memory of Carl, or leave a condolence for the family, visit

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