Jerome Burgei
Jerome Burgei

Jan. 3, 1935

Feb. 14, 2017

DELPHOS — Jerome Burgei, 82, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

He was born Jan. 3, 1935, to William and Margaret Burgei, who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Pohlman on Sept. 14, 1957; she preceded him in death on May 5, 2013.

He is survived by four sons, Rick (Barbara) Burgei of Delphos, Robb (Sherry) Burgei of Delphos, Russ (Bonnie) Burgei of Pinckney, MI, and Randy Burgei of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother, James “Jim” Burgei of Michigan; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jerome was a devoted family man – husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He served in the US Marine Corp from ’53 – ’57 as a Corporal E3 and honorably discharged completing assignments in Alaska and Korea. He was always taking time to find a project or help a friend. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, where he rarely missed a 7:30am Mass on Sundays. His faith was instrumental in his life. He truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and was always there to support her, especially in her love of sewing for the community. They were rarely seen one without the other over the years. He had worked at Ottoville Tile, Rand Corp in California and retired from Federal Mogul in Van Wert after 37 years of faithful service.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake to begin at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church.

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