Edward Nelson Jerzak Sr. passed into the eternal on Dec. 11, 2012.
He was born July 21, 1947, in Elmira, N.Y., to Walter D. Jerzak Jr. and Betty M. Houston Jerzak.
Ed was predeceased by his Daughter Jennifer K. Jerzak Haskins, July 19, 2003. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Pastor Nora Jennings Jerzak, Daughters, Yvonne (Rick) Jones of Elmira, N.Y.; Rachael Jerzak of Gastonia and son, Edward N. Jerzak Jr. of Gastonia; four grandchildren, Andrea James of Elmira; Dustin Jones of Elmira; David Jones of Elmira and Lauren Jerzak of Gastonia; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer; Imani; Lilly Ann, and Kaeden; brothers, David (Diana) Jerzak of Clearwater, Fla.; Gary (Sue) Jerzak of Horseheads, N.Y.; Larry (Arlene) Jerzak of Millerton, Pa., Walter "Buddy" (Paula) Jerzak of Watkins Glen, N.Y.; sister, Beverly Jerzak of Elmira, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
Ed graduated from Southside High School, Elmira, NY 1965 and Corning Community College in 1979. He served in the Air Force 1967-1971 part of which was in Udorn AFB, Thailand during the Viet Nam conflict. Ed worked at Westinghouse Corp, IBM-Owego, Loral Corp-Owego and Lockheed Martin Inc. Retired in 2001. Ed served on several Walk to Emmaus Teams as well as Chrysalis in Central and Western New York. He was a Lay Member to NCNY Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church at Webb Mills UMC, East Homer and Truxton UMC's, Ogdensburg and Morristown UMC's in NY, and Christ UMC in Gastonia, NC. He taught many Bibles Studies and led Men's groups as well as preaching from time to time. Currently he served as President of the United Methodist Men at Christ United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. In his spare time, he served with the Webb Mills Volunteer Fire Department, the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and awarded a Lifetime membership in the Truxton Volunteer Fire department. He was a certified EMT for 10 years. He was a member of the Union Lodge No. 95 F&AM in Elmira, NY and a Member of the VFW
in Gastonia, NC.Ed loved to fish, hunt, play cards, and tell stories and jokes.
Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport NY Sunday, December 16th, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral and committal services will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 8 p.m.
The Rev. Donald Hoff will officiate.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's Name to Webb Mills United Methodist Church, Pine City, N.Y., Christ United
Methodist Church, Gastonia, N.Y., Webb Mills VFD, Pine City VFD, and Truxton VFD.