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Gerald  Wagemaker

Gerald Frank Wagemaker

Tuesday, December 12th, 1939 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Gerald F. “Jerry” Wagemaker, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020, with his family by his side.

Jerry was born on December 12, 1939 to Harold and June (Cornelius) Wagemaker in Newark, New York. He graduated from Fairport High School and began his career as an insulator. Jerry worked as an insulator for over fifty years, retiring in 1988. On September 30, 1961, he married Sonja Rowell. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed being on Lake Michigan, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed woodworking, making several items found all around the house and garden. Most of all, Jerry cherished his family.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sonja Wagemaker; son, Dana (Tammy) Wagemaker; grandchildren, Heather Overton and Jacob Wagemaker, and great-grandchildren, Raeghan and Thaniel “Thane” Overton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and June Wagemaker and son, Scott Wagemaker.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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Cagilfoyle@yahoo.com

Posted at 07:00am
So sorry for your loss take care
NL

Nic Lahr

Posted at 10:33am
My deepest sympathies to Mrs Wagemaker and Dana. The Wagemakers were neighbors of mine when they lived in Grand Mere with Scott and Dana being some of my closest friends in jr high and high school. My heart breaks for you families today. Godspeed Mr. Wagemaker, RIP.

 
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Greg Haynes Posted at 03:23pm

I completely agree with Nic's comments. The Wagemaker family were positive influences in my teenage years. I had many great times and memories with them. I remember going to Fairport, NY on vacation with them. I remember many late nights talking to them when they lived on Orchard St., the Chalets and Blossom Park. I'm thankful the Cook Plant brought the family into our lives. My condolences and Best Wishes to Mrs. Wagemaker and Dana. Be well.
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