Gerald “Jerry” Jesionowski, 67, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 13th, 2018. He was born in Dunkirk, NY on November 20th, 1951 and was a life-long resident of Fredonia, NY. Jerry is the eldest son of Rachel Woodcock-Jesionowski and the late Stanley Jesionowski of Fredonia, N.Y.
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Jerry was a graduate of Fredonia High School in 1971. He was Veteran of the US Army during the Vietnam War from December 1971 to November 1973. Jerry retired from Carriage House in May of 2015, where he was a SD Palletizer operator, after being there for 41 years. He was currently employed at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia where he was in charge of maintenance operations. He was a member of the Beaver Club of Fredonia, N.Y.
Jerry was an avid bowler. He was in the Monday Lou Nocek B2 League and the Wednesday 4 Man League both at Lucky Lanes and was a substitute for several other teams in various leagues. Jerry had many great accomplishments during his many years of bowling. One of his proudest and most honorable was when he was inducted into the Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association Hall of Fame on June 4th, 2016. He won the very first Masters Tournament in May of 2000 and continued to win again in 2002 and 2006. He has had two perfect 300 games and over fifty 700 series' with a high of 777. He was active in the Youth American Bowling Alliance for several years. He served on the Board of Director for the Dunkirk Bowling Association. His favorite was to travel every spring to the USBC Open Championship with his extended bowling family.
Jerry had many hobbies and loves. Most important to him was his adoration for his family and his loyal companion, Pixie. Jerry enjoyed watching his grand kids sporting events and concerts and his travels to California to visit his family. He loved his Mustang, the 4th of July was his favorite holiday where he enjoyed watching fireworks. He also enjoyed attending local races, playing his guitar, family picnics on his deck, and taking his family to amusement parks (even though he was terrified of heights). He loved his fish aquariums and had a store, Tropical Fish Center, in Fredonia, N.Y, many years ago. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards. He was the kindest, most unselfish soul and would do anything for anyone.
Besides his mom, he is survived by his 3 daughters: Faith Jesionowski-Powell (Christopher Naus) of Brocton, NY. Sheila Jesionowski (Steve Dando) of Brocton, NY and Chris Jesionowski (David Kuzmik) of Downey, CA. 7 grandchildren: Hope, Brooke, Joshua, Ethan, Hailey, Jonovan and Cherish and 3 step-grandchildren: Shaunah, Teaghan and John.; also a brother, Jeffrey (Wanda) Jesionowski of Brocton, NY and a sister, Gina Jesionowski-DuBois (Anthony) Madonia of Tonawanda, N.Y. he was also survived by several nieces and nephews and an extensive bowling family. He was proceeded in death by his father, Stanley Jesionowski.
Calls may be made Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 145 E. Main Street, Fredonia Tuesday morning at 11 am. (Please assemble at Church.) Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council at the Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jerry Jesionowski Bowling Tournament fund, C/O Lucky Lanes, 10387 Bennett Road, Fredonia, NY 14063.