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1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Gemma, Richard
1941 - 2017
Dr. Richard Donald Gemma, D.O., age 76, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at home with his wife and children. He was born July 9, 1941 to the late Charles Leo Gemma and Dorothy (Fajack) Gemma of Youngstown, Ohio; also preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Charles (Carlette) Gemma, of Solon, Ohio. In addition to his wife of over 48 years, Esther (Farrell) Gemma of Springfield, Ohio, he is survived by his three children, Jennifer (Andy Foote) Gemma, Richard (Mariah) Gemma and Meredith (Tom) Sommer; grandchildren, Katherine, Ella, Maxwell and Oliver; sisters, Donna (Donald) Nolfi and Jacquelyn (Greg) Crandall; and brother, Dr. Thomas (Cindy) Gemma; and many nieces and nephews. Richard was dedicated to lifelong learning, putting himself through school at Marquette by working summers in the steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduating from medical school to become a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). He was drafted and served as a Captain in the Vietnam War, was an assistant professor at The Ohio State University and was an anesthesiologist at both Mount Carmel and Grant Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Richard D. Gemma was recently awarded as a 50-year physician by the Ohio State Medical Association. Visitation will be held at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio, on Sunday, August 20 from 3-6 p.m., and at the church on Monday at 10 a.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory, 1559 Roxbury Road, Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, August 21, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OhioHealth Hospice (https://foundation.ohiohealth.com/programs/hospice-giving), Veterans Affairs (www.va.gov/ogc/giftsova.asp) and the National Parkinson's Foundation (www.parkinson.org). Condolences may be sent to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 19, 2017
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