Germain J. Suminski

  • Born: July 30, 1923
  • Died: January 18, 2019
  • Location: Seven Hills, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Germain (Jerry) Suminski, the last survivor in a family of 13 siblings, died at the Seasons of Life Hospice facility on January 18. Born to Germain and Catherine (Skiba) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jerry, 95, lived in Seven Hills, Ohio most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia (Nihill), and his son, John (Gwendolyn) of Powell. His grandchildren are Katherine (Nolan) Saunders and Matthew. Great-grandchildren are Braedyn, Carrick, Molly, Connor, Carter and Rose.
Jerry's work career started at Curtis 1000 in 1941. It was interrupted by his service in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. During World War ll, he served in Iwo Jima and was awarded a Bronze Star.
At Curtis, he rose through the ranks to vice-president when he retired in 1988.
After his retirement, Jerry tutored high school students, two mornings a week, for 25 years at Parmadale Institute, dedicated to helping them acquire their GEDs. In recognition of his volunteer service, he received a Cleveland Plain Dealer Community Heroes Award.
Jerry was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses; Martin (Florence), Frank (Lorraine), Paul (Josephine), Andrew (Dorothy), Catherine (Tony), Maiorana, Edward (Nona), Bernadine, Jerome (Colleen), Peter (Sophie, living), Virginia (Dick) Proft, Joseph ( Phyllis, living), and Tony ( Carol, living).
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who have been inspired by his kind and gentle spirit.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be forwarded to St. Columbkille Music Ministry, 6740 Broadview Road, Parma.
The visitation is at 11:00am at church, on Wednesday, January 23, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon, at St. Columbkille Church, 6740 Broadview Road, Parma. Interment will take place at a later date in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, in Seville, OH.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Such a nice person, He did a lot of good for people and is with God in Heaven now.

Posted by Brian Sorufka - Parma, OH   April 23, 2019

I will never forget how kind Jerry was to me the time I was stranded in Cleveland when my flight was rerouted because of bad weather. He picked me up at the airport, found a hotel room for me, took me to breakfast and arranged a tour of the plant. What a nice and thoughtful thing to do for an out of town Curtis supervisor from CT. My sincere sympathy to his family. Lou Zampier Retired Curtis Rep now living in FL

Posted by Lou Zampier - Zephyrhills, FL - Coworker   January 31, 2019

If ever there was someone God would say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." It would be Uncle Germain. A kind, gentle man. Sending love to you all, especially Aunt Pat.

Posted by Jeannie Davies - Waterford, WI - Family   January 20, 2019

Gerry & Pat were always welcome guests at our house when we had friends over after mass on Christmas Eve and so friendly when they attended our church. Gerry was so kind, I'm sure the students were very lucky to have him in their corner. Condolences to Pat and the others in his family.

Posted by Paula Orban - Highlands Ranch, CO - Friend   January 19, 2019

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