Gerold M. (Gerry) Bierker
1939 - 2021
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Gerold (Gerry) M. Bierker

Gerold (Gerry) M. Bierker passed away February 18,2021. He was born to Georg Wolfgang Bierker and Emma Bierker in Yonkers, NY on August 3, 1939. He is predeceased by his mother and father and also Diane Bierker, his first wife.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Tamara (Tammy) Bierker. He is also survived by his 5 children Christopher (Kathy) Bierker of Spring Lake, New Jersey, Paul (Rachele) Bierker of Gibsonia, PA, Gerold-Jay (Lisa) Bierker of Bardonia, NY, Everette Bierker of Bardonia, NY and Emma Bierker and Chase Marinella of Westbrookville NY. He is also survived by his much loved grandchildren, Kayla Bierker, Christian Bierker, Searrah Bierker, Jeremy Bierker, Skye Bierker, Landen Bierker and Zachary Bierker. He also leaves behind many wonderful nieces and nephews along with other members of the Bierker and Groves families.

Gerry was a math teacher and math Department Chair at Clarkstown North High School before moving to Clarkstown South the year it opened as an Assistant Principal. He was there for 12 years before moving back to Clarkstown North as an Assistant Principal for two years. In 1986 he became Principal of Clarkstown South for 12 years. He loved the job as Principal as well as he enjoyed every student. Gerry was known for opening every day with "Good Morning all you Happy Vikings, today is day___ in the 6 day rotating cycle and the SAT word of the day is "EGRESS" followed by the definition of the word. When he retired from Clarkstown he took a position as Principal of Walter Panas High School in Lakeland, NY for 2 years.

Following Gerry's career in Education he served on the Rockland County Legislature for 12 years. Gerry believed in term limits and after three terms, he removed himself from the Legislature.

Gerry loved helping others and he believed that service to others was the reason we were put here on earth. He was a member of Germonds Presbyterian Church for 42 years where he served as an elder, youth leader, Sunday school teacher and confirmation leader. He was a Rotarian for 30 years and spearheaded the West Nyack Memorial Day Parade, Holiday Tree Lighting and provided speakers and microphones for most Rotary functions. He was a Cub Scout leader for many years and during his years as Assistant Principal and Principal he never missed presenting a plaque at every Eagle Scout Ceremony for a Clarkstown South student.

As a father Gerry was tough and demanding but as an adult he became your best friend. He was opinionated but always willing to listen to your opinion and he respected you for your opinion. He made friends with everyone he met and told them a joke if they would listen.

Gerry, you will be missed but you will live in our hearts forever.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a service for family only which will be recorded and placed on the Germonds Presbyterian website.

As a family, we have committed to holding a Memorial Service in Gerry's memory at a later date. Hopefully this summer.

Donations can be made in memory of Gerry to Germonds Presbyterian Church. He would be grateful if you reach out and help someone else today!

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Journal News from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
Mr. Bierker was my principal at Clarkstown South when I attended. I thought he was amazing! I even use his catch phrases in my classes with my students like “TGIM- Thank Goodness it’s Monday!!” He was so corny and funny, and I loved it! You could tell that he really cared about his students. My condolences to his family.
Amanda Walsh
February 24, 2021
I have very fond memories growing up with him. He was my neighbor Ben assistant principal of my high school. He was a sweetheart. I babysat for his boys a lot. Till we all meet again...
Barbara Ann Nicastri Gallander
February 24, 2021
Condolences to the family and friends ❤ sorry for your loss. A great man with a soul of giving. Forever grateful for my memories during my years at CHSS. Vikings live on ❤.
Lori Ellen Negron
February 23, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about this. I didn't know him well, but I remember him. I was a student and graduated the first year of graduation at Clarkstown South. Prayers for his family and loved ones.
Cathy Rieschl
February 23, 2021
Tammy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Gerry was a wonderful man and a great teacher, kind and understanding. My thoughts are with you and your family. God bless all of you.
Dianne Scott
February 23, 2021
A very sad day for all Rocklanders .....such a great man and friend. .....always treated me like one of the family .......May he now rest peacefully in the arms of the Eternal Father .........
Michael stein
February 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Robert S Heltzer
February 22, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Bierker family from the United Sportsmens Association of Rockland and The NYS Fish and Wildlife Management Board. On a personal note it was an honor to count him as a friend
Stan Pascoo
February 21, 2021
We are so sorry to read this Tammy. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful husband.
Debra and Greg Mikesh
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