Chattanooga funeral Mass held for Deacon Mark Gang

A funeral Mass for Deacon Mark Gang Jr. was held July 24 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga. Deacon Gang, 88, died July 18.

The funeral Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Al Humbrecht, with the burial following in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Deacon Gang was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, where he served as deacon. Mr. Gang was owner and operator of Gang Printing Co. He later worked with the Hamilton County Health Department and retired from the Chattanooga Housing Authority.

At age 17, Mr. Gang interrupted high school to volunteer for the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned after completion of service to graduate from Notre Dame High School. He attended St. Bernard College Seminary in Cullman, Ala., and the University of Chattanooga.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He volunteered for Scouting and youth sports, serving as coach for East Ridge boys T-ball and girls softball teams and as a timing judge for the Cumberland Youth Foundation Swim Team.

In 1974, Mr. Gang was ordained as a deacon for the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Nashville and most recently served in the Diocese of Knoxville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary Catherine Morrison Gang, parents, Mark and Margaret Gang Erwin, and sister, Mary Margaret Zvanut.

Survivors include daughters, Cathy and husband Ken Raveling, Susan E Rowe and fiance Dan Mason; son, Mark Gang III; sister, Elizabeth “Sis” Garrigus; grandsons, Aaron Rowe and Sterling Raveling; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Bernard Abbey Ave Maria Grotto Fund in Cullman, Ala., or a Catholic charity of choice.

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