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Gerald Wells Obituary
Gerald “Jerry” Edward Wells Saratoga Springs, NY - Gerald “Jerry” Edward Wells, 79, passed away peacefully Wednesday (May 22, 2013) at his residence, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on June 25, 1933 in Troy, NY, he is the son of the late Edward Charles and Beatrice A. (Couture) Wells. He attended St. Paul's, LaSalle Institute and Russell Sage College, served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and worked for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for 41 years, retiring in 1995. Jerry had a long history of community service. He was past County and Post Commander of American Legion Adirondack Post 70 and currently serving on the American Legion Department of New York Finance Committee. He was also a past Chef de Guerre of Saratoga Voiture 40 & 8 and a member of Gurtler Bros. Post 420 VFW, the Adirondack Chapter Korean War Veterans Association and ANAVICUS. He was a charter member of the Gerald H. Solomon National Cemetery Honor Guard. One of the original board member appointees to the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority, he retired in 2006 after 23 years of service. Originally appointed by Gerald H. Solomon, he was a long-time member of the 20th Congressional District's Military Academy Nominations Committee. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of Saratoga-Wilton BPO Elks Lodge 161 and had served on various lodge committees. Further, he participated in and helped organize numerous parades in Saratoga Springs, including the USS Saratoga Welcome Home Parade, US Medal of Honor Recipients Convention, US Submarine Convention and many annual Elks Flag Day parades. A communicant of St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, he was a long time member of the Saratoga Springs Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. For many years, Jerry was an avid bowler, enjoyed playing golf, was a member of the Brookhaven Golf Course and also played with an Over 40 Hockey league. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Patricia Wells Saucier, his late wife Regina Reilly and a stepson, Richard G. Mueller, Jr. Survivors include his wife Patricia Klein Wells and the following stepchildren: Richard's wife, Deborah, of Saranac Lake, Patricia (George) Panayotidis of Piermont, Phillip Mueller of Saranac Lake, Joseph (Nicole) Mueller of Clarkston, MI, Michael (Joanne) King of Indian Lake, Kevin (Beth) King of Indian Lake and Kelley (Maurice) Gionet of Redwood; his grandchildren Matthew, Christopher, Megan, Michaela and John Mueller, Christa and Nicholas Panayotidis, Stacie, Heidi, Thomas, Cody, Morgan and Benjamin King and Danny and Kyle Gionet. Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 8pm Monday (May 27, 2013) at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway 584-5373. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Tuesday (May 28, 2013) in St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., by the Very Rev. Paul J. Borowski, C.Ss.R., pastor. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30pm at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Members of Saratoga-Wilton 161 will meet at 7pm Monday at the funeral home for their ritual and online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Saratogian on May 24, 2013
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