East Peoria – Gerald “Jerry” Roy Girardi, 81, of East Peoria, died at Snyder Village in Metamora, at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Born May 5, 1931, in Peoria to George and Kathryn Beoletto Girardi, he married Angela Perino in 1959 in Tampico, Ill.
His wife Angela preceded him in death on June 28, 1984. He is also preceded in death by two brothers George and Ronald.
He is survived by five children: John (Jennifer) Girardi of Chicago, George (Teresa) Girardi of Fort Collins, Colo., Maria Girardi of Columbia, S.C., Joe (Kim) Girardi of New York, NY, and Jerry Girardi of Chicago and six grandchildren.
Jerry served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Later he worked in construction sales for National Gypsum Co. and also worked as a bricklayer. He enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams which he did for many years and was also very active at Sacred Heart Grade School and Spalding High School where he was past president of the Booster Club.
He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria. He was also a member of AMVETS Post 64 in Peoria, Roanoke American Legion Post 809, Laborers Union 165 in Peoria, Knights of Columbus Council in East Peoria and the Italian-American Society in Peoria.
There will be a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. The Rev. Larry Zurek will officiate. Visitation will be on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria from 3-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:45 p.m. and additional visitation from 9:30-10 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico, Ill., at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Snyder Village. Jerry’s memorial website may also be found at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where online condolences may also be sent to the family.