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Gerald Cierpilowski

Gerald Cierpilowski, 81, of Lock Haven, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 10, 2022 at Susque-View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lock Haven.

Born October 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of the late Max and Mary Cierpilowski.

In 1964 he married his beloved wife, Frances G. (Szymanski) Cierpilowski, of Detroit, Michigan, who survived him at home after sharing 58 years of marriage together.

Jerry graduated in 1959 from Catholic Central High School in Detroit where he played and coached football and baseball. He received a BS from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Educational Technology and the Psychology of Learning.

In 1970, he accepted an assistant professorship at Lock Haven State College in Pennsylvania, where he and his wife raised their family.

Jerry was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church where he was a canter and a member of the parish council. He was also instrumental in starting the Charismatic Renewal in the Lock Haven area.

Jerry has always been interested in new ideas and technological advancements. At the start of the computer age, he bought a computer, learned to use it, and introduced it to the college education department. With the help of his colleagues, he developed a computer program for future teachers.

In retirement, Jerry became more interested in Asian healing arts. He studied Shiatsu and gave massages to his family and friends for health benefits. Additionally, he taught weekly Tai Chi classes.

Jerry also had a great love of music which he satisfied by joining choirs in Detroit and Lock Haven, singing and playing folk music on guitar, and listening to organ music.

Jerry was well liked in the community. For many years he enjoyed being a member of the Rotary Club. He had a very generous heart and an infectious laugh, always ready to hear or tell a joke. His openness allowed him to accept people where they were and to always be ready to forgive.

In his later years, his family, especially his grandchildren, were his greatest joy.

In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by his sons, Kevin Cierpilowski and John Cierpilowski, both of Lock Haven; his daughter, Emily Bukowski (Steven), of Bradford; two grandchildren, Mary Bukowski and Joseph Bukowski; one sister, Rosemary Campion, of Northville, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, with the Reverend Father Joseph Orr officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of mass.

Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name may be made to the Bethany Retreat Center or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, c/o Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745.

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