GERALD Monto Gerald â€œJerryâ€ Monto died peacefully on Oct. 1 ,2016, six days shy of his 81st birthday. He fought a four-year battle against cancer ending at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla. Jerry was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to Mildred and Francis Monto. He married Patricia (Forcier) in November,1959. The couple had three children. The loss of their middle child to illness at the age of three was devastating. The family moved to Newark, N.Y. in 1969. Jerry worked for the New York State Department of Transportation as an employee safety engineer. His spare time was filled with rental properties, hydroponic farming and hunting with his dogs. Pat and Jerry adopted Raquel (Cruz) Bishara into their family in 1993. Upon their retirement, they returned to their beloved Adirondack Mountains. Jerry loved to hunt and fish; he kept mules for riding and packing into the forever wild areas. He enjoyed participating in the local political party. Jerry took great pleasure sharing these hobbies with his children and grandchildren. Gerald is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Michael Monto of Newport News,Va.; daughters and their husbands, Michelle (Orrin) Marcano of Cassville, Mo., and Raquel (Andrew) Bishara, of Sugarland, Texas; four grandchildren, Abigail, Nathan, Melanie and Natalie; sister, Joan Blanchard of Venice, Fla.; and brother, Glen Monto of West Chazy, N.Y. A funeral mass was held October 4 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda, Fla. Burial will take place at Saint Alexander Cemetery in Morrisonville, N.Y., next summer. Jerry may be remembered at www.icscremationandfunerals. org.
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