Gerald A. "Jerry" Osiecki, age 80 of Millcreek passed away peacefully Saturday, February 9, 2013 at his residence. Born May 22, 1932 in Erie he was the son of the late Anthony Osiecki and Mary Kosiorek Osiecki Ostrowski. Jerry grew up in the music business. His father started Osiecki's Music store out of their home during the time of the Depression and when his father passed away, his mother kept the store open with the help of her three sons, all accomplished musicians. Jerry later joined the service during the Korean War, serving as a Corporal in the U.S. Army. He played in the Army Band, once playing for the Queen of England. After the War, he and his brother Harry returned from service and grew Osiecki Brothers Music Center to become one of the great names in music retail in the Erie Area for over 75 years. Jerry took great pride in the name they had made in the Music Industry. His reputation with the musicians in the Erie Area is legendary and when he walked down the isles of the National Association of Music Merchandisers (NAMM) Convention each year in Los Angeles, Jerry was warmly greeted and recognized by his peers as a long standing member and a successful Music Retailer. Jerry was an accomplished musician and played professionally from a very young age. He was involved in the music "scene" in Erie for decades. Jerry was known to remember special occasions with music and he had a special song for his wife and each of his four daughters who he so greatly loved. He always enjoyed entertaining family and friends with his music. In his later years he exchanged his keyboard for a set of golf clubs and spent many happy times on the golf course as a member of the Lakeview Country Club. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful grandfather and had a special relationship with each one of them. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 17, a member of St. Jude the Apostle Church, a life member of the Zukor and Maennerchor clubs, a member of the Elks Lodge 67 and a former member of the East Erie Turners. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Walter Ostrowski. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Hain Osiecki; four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Pappas, husband James, of Johnstown, Pa., Lorri Stefanelli, husband Vincent, of Erie, Gail Beck, husband Kent, of Cranberry Township, Pa., and Cheryl Palmer, husband Jack, of Williamsburg, Va.; two brothers, Harry Osiecki, wife Susan, of Erie and Tony Osiecki, wife Louise, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and ten grandchildren: Katrina, Elaina, and Nicholas Pappas, Gabriella and Isabella Stefanelli, Nick, Luke and Madeline Beck, Alivia and Jaelyn Palmer. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard. Services will be held there Friday at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church at 10:30 am. Memorials may be made to the
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 13, 2013