Gerald C. "Jerry" Blaine, 75, of Wilkes-Barre, entered into his eternal rest in the arms of our loving Lord on Thursday, May 16, 2013. It is with great sadness that his passing is announced.
Born June 7, 1937, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late David J. and Margaret M. (Nickol) Blaine. Educated in the city schools, he attended the 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 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 local actor the late Mr. Jack Palance.
Mr. Blaine was preceded in death by sisters, Barbara Siley and Shirley Kennedy; brothers, David Blaine and William Blaine.
Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife, Charlotte, at home, are their son, David Blaine and his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Barbara Shemanski and her companion, Robert Hogan; 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; 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. Those wishing to attend are asked to go directly to the church for 9:45 a.m. 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 the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, today from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in Jerry's memory, if desired, may be given 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 the funeral home's website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.
"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."
John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc.
281 E Northampton St.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Times Leader on May 17, 2013