Gerard S. "Jerry" Lucarelli, 74, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Jefferson Hospital. Born Dec. 6, 1941, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Louis and Harriet (Novak) Lucarelli. A member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, Jerry graduated from Carrick High School, from which he received a Distinguished Alumni Award, received his bachelor's degree from West Liberty University and his master's degree from Duquesne University. Jerry was an Army veteran, having served in the 8th Division of the Third Army Band in Germany, even playing onsite at President Kennedy's famous "Ich Bin EinBerliner" speech. After his service, he stayed active professionally in music, working as a music teacher for both Keystone Oaks and Clairton School Districts, serving as musical director for four area churches, and even playing with his brother, Louis, in the Lucarelli Brothers Band. For his talents, Jerry was inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Society's Hall of Fame and received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He also was an accomplished equestrian, winning with his horse, Shawnee Heart, and using this activity, most importantly, to spend time with his grandchildren. Jerry is survived by his wife, Sally (Medvidovich) Muro Lucarelli, whom he wed in 2001; his son, Gerard S. (Karen) Lucarelli Jr., of McDonald; his grandchildren, Anna Lee and Gerard K. Lucarelli; his brother, Louis (Joanne) Lucarelli, of Bethel Park; his niece, Tricia Turner; and his nephews, Stephen and Michael Lucarelli.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, and from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in St. Michael Church, with Father Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.
Memorial contributions in Jerry's name should be made to the Relay For Life
of the American Cancer Society
, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. www.bekvacfuneralhome.com