GERALD T. PETROSKE, Age 84, passed away May 27th. Beloved husband of Barbara Ann (nee Daniels). Loving father of Pamela Gardner Alkema (Kevin), Laura Vargo (Gary), and Victoria Horval (Elmer). Dear grandfather of Amber Vargo and Ryan (Laura), Daniel, and April Horval and great grandfather of Jocelyn (Josie) and Evelyn (Evie).
VISITATION WED. 6/2 FROM 3-7 AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. FUNERAL MASS THURS. AT 10AM AT ST. BRIDGET OF KILDARE PARISH. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
In his younger to middle years he really enjoyed his fishing adventures, whether it was the various beautiful areas of Ohio or down south in Clearwater, Florida pulling in various sea creatures. It was the calming nature of the sport and the quiet of the water which provided him with peace after a long hectic work week. He shared his love of the sport on occasion with his late father-in-law (Lefty), his daughters, son-in-law Kevin and his only too willing wife Barb.
Barb and Jerry enjoyed traveling the United States together they visited all but a few of our glorious states. One of their favorite trips was a 25th Wedding Anniversary present to Las Vegas from their daughters, which sparked the beginning of their fondness for the bright flashing lights of the casino’s. Their new found hobby kept them very active into their golden years. He was always willing to share stories of both the jackpots and many not so fun days when the bandits won.
Jerry had one unwavering passion in his life, besides his beautiful wife, he loved following his sports teams. He even suffered thru the “rebuilding” years of the Cleveland Browns and still had fun going to the games regardless if they won or lost. He was so happy that they are now on the winning side! He was also a big Cleveland Indians fan, going on bus trips to other cities to see them play. When he couldn’t watch them on tv, he would always have the game playing on the radio. While in the hospital those last couple weeks, watching the Indians play seemed to provide him with a welcome distraction.
Jerry above all cherished the family gatherings the most, watching his grandsons grow into strong men who served our country in both the Army and Marines, ecstatic to see his gorgeous granddaughters grow into strong independent caring women, and his personal pride in knowing that together with Barbara they raised daughters he could count on without question. Jerry wasn’t one for expressing sentiment but when he shared his feelings, those moments were both heartfelt and priceless. He made certain that those he loved most in the world knew it.