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1943 Michael 2022

Michael J. Gearl

May 2, 1943 — October 1, 2022



ATHOL- Michael Joseph Gearl,79, died Saturday, October 1, 2022 at St Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton, MA.

He was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 2, 1943, a son of the late Charles Gearl and Kathleen (Spaid) Gearl.

Michael attended Lincoln Technical Institute and received his degree in Engineering. He proudly served in the United States Army and earned a purple heart medal.

He had worked as a gold seal engineer for a shopping mall.

Michael was a leisure pilot and enjoyed working on model trains.

He is survived by a daughter, Michelle Boughner, her husband Jack and their children Tavehi, Tiare, and Jack Jr.; a step daughter, Holly Perepchuk-Johnson, her partner Keilena and daughter Jaden; a step son, John Matthews, his wife Krystal and son Arthur; two brothers, Daniel Kommunicky and Timothy Dowd; two sisters, Bridgette Wright and Mary Kommunicky.

He was predeceased by his wife, Brenda Jonassen-Gearl in 2020. 

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 1:00pm, in Silver Lake Cemetery, Horrigan Ave, Athol. 

To leave online condolences, please visit

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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