Gary Kadavi

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Gary Lee Kadavi, 71, of Belleville, IL, born May 10, 1950, in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Gary was a wonderful husband and best friend to his wife, Sharon, for almost 45 years. They would have celebrated this milestone on May 21st. Hardly a day went by that Gary did not give Sharon a hug, a kiss, or tell her how beautiful she was to him. She always responded with, “What toy do you want to buy now?” While Gary loved his toys, his love for his wife and family was sincere. He truly believed in his sons, Chad and Nick, and was their biggest fan. Gary always had their backs and was a caring and supportive father. He cared deeply for his wife, children, and grandchildren, always doing what he could to show his love. One thing his family and friends loved about him was his appreciation for corny jokes. He always delivered them with a straight face, guaranteeing his audience a laugh, an eye roll or a groan.  Gary knew how to laugh at himself and not take things too seriously – he just wanted to make people smile.

Mr. Kadavi to the students, Gary worked at Belleville Grade School District 118 for more than 30 years. In addition to working within his community, he also served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Gary was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Kadavi; his parents, Joseph and Rosemary Kadavi (nee McGuire); a brother, Bob Kadavi; and his father-in law and mother-in-law, Donald and Ann Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon (nee Miller), his son, Chad (Beth) Kadavi; three grandchildren, Finn, Harper, and Bram Kadavi; in-laws, Mark and Mimi Luechtefeld, Donald and Julie Miller, Susan Hanlon, Mike and Anne Louth; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.



4 Comments on Gary Kadavi

Louise Frederick Flood said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 5:34 PM

Dear Sharon & family, I did not know Gary died. So sorry for your loss. I will put you & family in Our Lady of Life Prayer Jar to be prayer for a month during all our daily Masses, Rosaries, Chaplets of Divine Mercy, & Litanies of the BVM. 573-335-0977 text or call❤️

  • St Louis
  • MO
Lynn said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 10:41 AM

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss

  • Belleville
  • Il
Melissa Aponte said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2022 at 11:04 AM

Dear Sharon and Family, Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. In time, may you find peace, comfort and healing. God Bless, Melissa Aponte (AT&T)

  • San Ramon
  • CA
Sheila O’Brien said : Guest Report Mar 10, 2022 at 11:11 AM

Dear Sharon and Family, Sending love, sympathies and prayers to you during these tender times. Love, Sheila

  • Chicago
  • IL

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