Gerald W. Lewis

Born: 12/31/1946 Passed:

Gerald W. Lewis, beloved husband of Martha L. Lewis, cherished father of daughters Gina Lewis-Thompson (spouse Harry Thompson), Cari Lewis-Harvanec (spouse Brian Harvanec). Adored Grandfather of Ashley & Erik Brindza, Andrew W. Huska, Alexander C. Huska, Grace Harvanec, Benjamin and Ali Harvanec. Beloved brother in law of Michael Yunis & Joe Taverna, George Yunis & Family, Nicholas Petti & the late Barbara Petti. Adored Uncle of Michelle Hensel & family, Yvette Petti & Loretta Kaercher. Respected Cousin of Peggy & Joseph Marche.

Gerald aka “Jerry” “Papa” was a dedicated Navy Seaman on the USS Cory 1964-1970. During his tour of duty, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He cherished his time in the service and had many stories to share over the years.

Jerry was known for his sense of humor and deep love for his family. His grandchildren were the bane of his existence, he taught them how to fish, golf, cook and clean a car until it sparkled. However what the children will most remember him for is the famous “high sign head pat”.  He would signal the grandkids from across the room, alerting them he was ready to leave the family gathering. The grandkids would laugh and signal him back ready to leave. He had a big heart and truly enjoyed volunteering many years at the Holy Family Hospice Center in Parma.  He would assist with anything needed in order to help the terminally ill patients.

Eight years ago he underwent open heart surgery shortly thereafter he suffered an unexpected stroke.  He fought the good fight until God called him home peacefully in the early morning on September 2, 2021.

God Bless you “Big Papa” please watch over us until we meet again. We love you forever and always.

Mass will be Friday, September 17, 2021, at 11:30 am at St. Mary of The Falls Church, 25615 Bagley Rd. Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.

Inurnment will be Monday, September 20, 2021, at 10:15 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd. Seville, OH 44273

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5 Tributes to Gerald W. Lewis

  1. Michele Hensel Tim Hensel Cara &Lauren says:

    My Uncle Puffys!! I will miss you! You always brought a smile to my face!! My deepest sorrow to my Auntie G and Carie and Families !! I know you are singing with all our loved ones we have lost!! XOXO 😘

  2. Sue Rompala Nelson says:

    Jerry was an amazing man who was loved by all. You loved your Marti. Your smile and laugh were so contagious. You will be missed by all that loved you and it is an honor to have been your friend. You were so brave and hung in there for so long. Peace and Love to you my friend. XOXO

  3. Julie Hoehn says:

    Jer. What can I say? You were such a part of my life for so long. I will remember the laughter most of all. You brought joy into my world. I already miss you so much.

    Mama, Car, G, Ash,and all of the kiddos, I love you all, and if I can do anything to ease your grief, I am here for you.

  4. Harry Thompson JR says:

    Its hard to lose the great hero of our life. You lost your father and husband and although there are no words to fade the pain. May god help to calm your hearts and give you strength! Within us we carry the certain expectation of good things to come and and the promise of seeing Pops again .Just remember that loved ones never go away. They are always by your side . You will see Pops again in everything you do. He is in your heart, Your prayers and every breath you take. Gerry Loved you all unconditionally. Love You all.

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