Joseph Gerus, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center. He was born in Manhattan, New York to the late Anton & Anna (Sutnick) Gerus.
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He has been a resident of Lake City, Florida for the last 33 years having moved here from Rockland, New York. He was a loving husband, father and best friend. He loved our country deeply and faithfully served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II with the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post #57 and the VFW Post #2206. He was also a longtime active member of Epiphany Catholic Church, where he was a Honorary (Ret.) member of The Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his son, John A. Gerus, and his dogs, Fritz & Tasha and his cat, Coco.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Assunta "Sue" Gerus of Lake City, FL; nieces, Susan Nelson (Don) and Joann Campone; and nephew, Richard Terpak (Kathleen) his dog Ginger; and his loving and devoted friends from Epiphany Parrish.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00a.m., on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Epiphany Catholic Church with Father Mike Pendergraft officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida 32025. (396) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of kindness for the family at
Published in Lake City Reporter on Aug. 7, 2012