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Henry J. Collart

Henry J. Collart, 74, residing in Huron, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Henry was born on December 16, 1947 in Chicago, IL to the late Henry J. Sr. and Mary F. (Yapelli) Collart.

Henry graduated from Catholic Central High School in Steubenville, OH in 1966, and received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Industrial Design from Ohio University. During his education, he completed the ROTC program and became an officer in the United States Army. He proudly served his country as a First Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He then worked as an independent carpenter and eventually joined his father in the family business, Collart Interiors in Huron until closing its doors in 1994. Henry remained working as a sub-contractor in interior design and flooring installations.

Henry was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Huron where he was a lay distributor and took Holy Communion to the residents of The Meadows nursing home for over 35 years. He was involved for over 40 years with two inter-denominational prayer groups in Huron, the Wednesday morning group and the Canopy group, as well as various other prayers groups throughout his lifetime. He received a Golden Hammer award for his work with Habitat for Humanity where he was involved for over 15 years, and he also worked with Youth Elect Service for over 20 years. Henry dedicated his life to serving others, being involved in community food banks and delivering meals, as well as completing home repairs and offering rides to anyone in need. In his spare time, he also enjoyed traveling and reading. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, especially taking his grandson on tractor rides.

Henry is survived by his wife, Monette (Pavia) Collart, whom he married on October 2, 1976 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sandusky; daughter, Melissa (Steve Wilson) Collart of Sandusky; grandson, Jaxon Wilson; Goddaughter, Emeline Clyburn of Sandusky; sisters, Diana Smith of Huron and Celine (Martin) Hemminger of Sandusky; brothers, Thomas (Patricia) Collart of NY, Frank (Sue) Collart of IL, David (Kathy) Collart of GA and John (Marcia) Collart of Sandusky; sister-in-law, Wendy Collart of Columbus, OH; beloved pets, Molly and Topper; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Henry is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Collart; brothers-in-law, Anthony Pavia and Walter Smith; mother-in-law, Gilberte "Pepe" Pavia; and father-in-law, John Pavia.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E Perkins Ave, Sandusky. Friends may also call on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 9:00 am until the time of prayer services at 9:45 am in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 10:30 am at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St. Huron, OH 44839 with Fr. Jeff McBeth presiding. Burial will follow in Peaks Cemetery, Berlin Township, OH.

Our family lost a beloved husband, father, pere pere, brother and uncle on Friday. Henry was a man of faith who exuded love and care in every interaction. While we know he is looking down on us, we are nevertheless heartbroken and miss him dearly - the hole he leaves in our family and the community is immeasurable. If you are able, please consider making a donation to his memorial fund, which will contribute towards his funeral expenses and help look after his family in his absence. Those wishing to contribute to Henry's memory may do so to the Collart Family c/o Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.

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