John Gerald Baltz
E B Gormley Funeral Home
87 Main St
Phoenicia, NY
SHANDAKEN- John Gerald "Jerry" Baltz, 77, of Shandaken died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. He was born Jan. 4, 1944 in Philadelphia; son of the late John and Ruth Wilson Baltz. He was a graduate of Red Hook High School. Jerry was a 20 year veteran of the United States Navy, who then went on as a quality assurance engineer in avionics for ITT in New Jersey. He had summered for many years in the Catskills, and has been full time for over 20 years. He took great pride in landscaping his property and puttering in the garage. He was a member of the Catskill Forrest Association, and the American Tree farm System. Jerry was up for any challenge that was mechanical, enjoyed wood working in his shop, and had years of skills in building projects. He was a member of the Phoenicia Rotary Club, having served as a past president. He was a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Church, served as a long time usher, and had volunteered several years on the Parish Council as Buildings & Grounds Superintendent. Jerry was known for his strong personality, endless supply of jokes, and his direct approach to solutions. He enjoyed many wonderful travels both US and abroad with family and friends. Surviving are his wife Christine Stein Baltz, daughter Jennifer (John) Evans , grandchildren: Natalie and Melissa, and sister: Marie Stutman. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday June 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Church Main St. Phoenicia with Fr. Ed Stewart as celebrant.. Arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Phoenicia Food Pantry. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Jerry's Tribute Wall at
Published by the Daily Freeman from Jun. 11 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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Jerry and i met Dec11 1963 in Albany left for boot camp the next day. I to ill.jerry to CA. after that we had orders to VF 33 good times in the seat shop Jim JB Frank Grant and others .O the stories that could be told last saw JERRY 1976 we sat and told lies for two days from red hook to E England and back RIP my pal Neal
Served In Military Together
June 15, 2021
Chris, Jennifer, John, Natalie and Melissa our deepest sympathy on the passing of such an iconic individual. Our hearts are with you at this time. I will always remember the deep voice, the laughter and how you always made us feel welcomed. Love, Yvonne, Michael, Maria (Chris) Loudis
Yvonne Loudis
June 13, 2021
Jerry and i entered the navy in albany on dec/11/1963 our s/n were two # apart i left for il. and Jerry to ca. after bootcamp we had the same orders for four years. Met JB's mom in red hook and his dad &sister NYC saw JB last time 1976 in Berumda told lies for twodays . A lot of water over the dam in the last 55+ years RIP my pal. NEAL
Neal Adams
Served In Military Together
June 13, 2021
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