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Gerald C. (Jerry) Blaine

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free! I followed the plan God laid for me. I saw His face, I heard His call, I took His hand and left it all. I could not stay another day, to love, to laugh, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. And if my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss ... Ah yes, these things I too, shall miss. My life's been full, I've savored much, good times, good friends, a loved one's touch. Be not burdened with tears of sorrow. Enjoy the sunshine of the 'morrow."

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald C. (Jerry) Blaine, 75, of Wilkes-Barre who entered into his eternal rest in the arms of our loving Lord.

Born June 7, 1937, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late David J. and Margaret M. Nickol Blaine. Educated in city schools, he attended E.L. Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre.

Mr. Blaine proudly served our country with the U.S. Air Force just following the Korean conflict.

He was a faithful member of the Baptist Tabernacle, Division Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Until ill health caused his retirement in 1998, Mr. Blaine worked as a superintendent for the Luzerne County Road and Bridge Department. At the time of his retirement he served 32 years with the county.

He and his best friend, the former Charlotte J. Dzanko, celebrated 55 years of married life together on Sept. 10, 2012. He is remembered by those who knew and loved him as being an avid movie-goer and meeting several notable celebrities. He was a personal friend of the late local actor, Jack Palance.

Mr. Blaine was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Siley and Shirley Kennedy, and by brothers, David Blaine and William Blaine.

Surviving, in addtion to his beloved wife, Charlotte, at home, are their son, David Blaine and his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Barbara Shemanski and her companion, Robert Hogan. Jerry is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather McDonough, Brent Shemanski, Jennifer Blaine and Paige Hogan; great-grandchildren, Tyler Coyle and Tanner McDonough; brothers, Richard Blaine and his wife, Joan, Steve Blaine and his wife, Carol, and Paul Blaine and his wife, Bonnie, all of Wilkes-Barre; sisters, Ginger Nesbitt, Hanover Township; and Lorraine Callahan, Plains Township; numerous nieces and nephews.

Concelebrated memorial funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Baptist Tabernacle, 63 Division St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Richard A. McIntyre, his pastor, and the Rev. Kenneth Jordan, former pastor, will officiate services.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of Jerry's family.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join Mrs. Blaine and her family for visitation and remembrances at the Wilkes-Barre Heights location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Those wishing to attend memorial funeral services Saturday are invited to go directly to the church for 9:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions are requested in Jerry's memory to the Baptist Tabernacle, 63 Division St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706, or to the , P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

To send Jerry's wife and family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on May 17, 2013
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