In memory of
Germain J. Suminski
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.
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