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Gerald W. (Jerry) Schirra
  • March 06, 1948
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  • April 15, 2020

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Gerald W. (Jerry) Schirra, age 72, a resident of North Fort Myers, Florida and Denville, New Jersey, formerly of Randolph, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15,2020 after fighting a long battle with cancer. Jerry was preceded in death by his daughter Cristie Powers of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. He was the son of the late Albert E. Schirra and Ivy V (Neve) of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

Jerry leaves behind his devoted wife Bernadette (Nadler) Schirra, his loving daughter Julie (Michael Henehan) of Bloomingdale, New Jersey and his son-in-law Daniel Powers of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, beloved Poppa to Michael and Thomas Henehan and Alexandra (Lexi) and Daniel Powers.  His sisters Valerie M. (Joseph Mestrovich) of Plymouth Michigan and Pamela E. (Anthony Daniele) of McMurray, Pennsylvania.  Wonderful brother-in-law to Joseph and Denise Nadler, Joyce and Richard Koles, James and Carole Nadler, Gail and Christropher Lissandrello and Alex and Nora Tallody as well as a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. After graduating from Regis High School in New York City, New York, he attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he received his Masters in Business Administration. Jerry also proudly served in the New Jersey National Guard.

Jerry enjoyed a rewarding career at PSE&G in Newark, New Jersey for 41 years including Director of Rates and Regulations his last assignment before retiring and moving to North Fort Myers in 2011.

He was extremely active and involved with the Herons Glen community in Florida. He enjoyed golfing, tennis and traveling. His greatest happiness came from the time that he spent with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and his many friends and they will all miss his love, kindness and devotion.

He was a member of St. Cecilia’s Parrish in Rockaway and St. Therese Parrish in North Fort Myers. The family would like to thank the Hope Hospice Healthcare for their compassionate care and professionalism. We would also like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and acts of kindness.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, a memorial mass will be held in New Jersey at a future date to be determined. Condolences can be offered online through https://baldwincremation.com/obituaries/gerald-schirra/. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hope Hospice Healthcare (HOPEHCS.org) or Regis High School, Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund, 55 East 84th Street, New York, New York 10028.


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  1. 06 May 2020
    Paula says:
    I read about Gerald's death in the Star Ledger. I am so sorry for your loss. Death of a loved one can be very distressing even if the person is elderly or sick. I would like to share the Bible's hope for those who have died and an encouragement for those who have lost a loved one. The Bible teaches us that death was not part of God's original plan. He wanted man to live forever on a paradise earth. Man disobeyed God and brought about sin and death to the human race. God's plan will still be realized. Isaiah 55:11 states, "So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight. It will have sure success in what I send it to do." The Bible talks about a resurrection of those who have died. (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29) The word resurrection in the Bible literally means "a standing up again" and "revival of the dead". The provision for resurrection of the dead is a magnificent expression of God's undeserved kindness. It displays his wisdom and power and is a means by which his original purpose regarding the earth and humans will be carried out. If you would like to know more about what the Bible teaches, please visit JW.org. Sincerely, Paula

  2. 23 Apr 2020
    Aldo & Gloria Bagnara (Australia) lit a candle:
    Lit since April 23, 2020 at 4:02:37 AM

  3. 22 Apr 2020
    Jennifer Mooney says:
    Julie and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. God bless

    Jennifer n Tara Mooney

  4. 22 Apr 2020
    Diana Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since April 22, 2020 at 4:28:52 AM

  5. 20 Apr 2020
    Tom Gallagher says:
    Like just about everyone else in our high school class - I think - I remember Gerry's smile.

  6. 20 Apr 2020
    Barbara Callaghan says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was always helping others and will be missed.
    Pat and Barbara Callaghan

  7. 19 Apr 2020
    Deacon Peter Cistaro says:
    Jerry was a valued colleague and help in my career at PSEG.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    May he rest in the peace of the Lord’s Divine Mercy.

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