Dennis Ligouri Nugent, age 73, of Parnell passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021. He was born on September 27, 1947 in Greenville to Ligouri and Lucille (Heether) Nugent. He lived his entire life in Parnell within a half-mile of where he was raised. He attended St. Patrick’s School until the high school closed at the end of his sophomore year. He completed his education at Lowell High School, graduating with the class of 1965.
On July 11, 1969, he married Mary Schrauben at St. Joseph’s Church in Belding. For over 51 years of marriage, his primary focus was Mary and their children and grandchildren. He supported them in all of their activities over the years.
He was a farmer at heart, and in his younger years he farmed in partnership with his brother Terry. Even when not working on the farm, he continued to collect Farmall tractors and repaired and restored them with his son Kevin. He also loved helping his nephew Mike with whatever was happening on the farm. He built a career in heating and cooling, eventually starting his own company, Nugent Heating and Cooling.
Denny was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church. He served the church in many capacities over the years: serving as an usher and chairman of the Parish Council, leading fund drives, taking care of the parish cemetery, working at the parish festival, and doing whatever else was needed at the church. Additionally, he was an active volunteer for the Grattan Township Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife Mary, and their children: Pat Nugent, Betsy and Todd Wieland, Kerry and Kyle Gargaro, and Kevin and Loie Nugent. Their grandchildren Ben Gargaro, Joey Gargaro, Nic and Aly Wieland, and Brooke and Caden Francisco; and great grandchildren Jake, Beau, and Rhyn Wieland. His sisters Phyllis and John Powell, Kathleen and Tom Evans, Jean and Dan Fitzpatrick, Sharon and Mike Plaska, and Joan and Jack Weeber, his sister-in-law Jean Nugent, brother-in-law Dan and Barb Schrauben, and sister-in-law Therese Schrauben. Also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Terry, his stepfather Wilson Slowinski, his wife’s parents Maurice and Doris Schrauben, and brothers-in-law Bob and Tom Schrauben.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 5, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Parnell with Father Thomas Cavera as celebrant. Committal prayers will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 4, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 PM with a rosary prayed at 8:00 PM at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Visitation will also be one hour before Mass at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Patrick Catholic Church envelopes will be available at the funeral home or at church.
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