Jerry Falkenstein of Woodstock went to be with the Lord on the morning of February 22, 2013.
He was born on January 11, 1937 in Wheeling, WV to Joseph and Lula Adams Falkenstein. He attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School and graduated from Warwood High School in 1955 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was also a Golden Gloves boxer and wrestled competitively for the YMCA. As a young man in the hills of West Virginia he learned to hunt and fish and continued these activities throughout his life. At age 13 he learned to golf while working at a local Wheeling caddy camp and continued his love for the sport into his senior years.
After high school Jerry briefly attended West Liberty State University before leaving college to seek employment. He then met the love of his life, Mary Ann Evans, and married her in 1961. Soon after Jerry moved to Alexandria, VA where he worked for IGA as a meat cutter, later working for Grand Union and Safeway. In 1965 he moved the family to Manassas where he became an established member within the community and his church. As a member of the George Brent Council Knights of Columbus he rose to the position of Grand Knight, an achievement of which he was very proud.
As a father of two young sons Jerry took great joy in teaching his boys the arts of hunting and fishing. He had a knack for finding great hunting grounds and prosperous fishing holes and spent more time helping his boy's fish than doing any himself. This was just one of the displays of unselfishness that made Jerry a trusted friend to so many throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Jerry is survived by his two sons, David and wife Faith of Strasburg, Greg and fiancee Heidi of Prince Frederick, MD, older brother, Captain Timothy Falkenstein of Florida, older sister, Margaret of Ohio, and sister, Lou Ann of Tennessee. Grandchildren, Brittany Maine and husband Daniel of Oklahoma City, Justin and wife Jenn of Nokesville, VA, Taylor of Nokesville, Andrew, Paige, Curtis, and Karley of Strasburg, and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Ella of Oklahoma City, Marleigh of Nokesville, and Hallee of Strasburg.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years Mary Ann; his siblings, Bob, Bill, Joe, John, Dick, Kathleen, and Mary Jo; and his parents.
Friends and family may gather at Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to pray the Rosary with visitation about 6:30-9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m., St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock.
Pallbearers will be Justin Falkenstein, Andrew Whitmer, Curtis Falkenstein, Ronnie Simmons, Robbie Hall, and Pee Wee Halterman.
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