Jerome Burgei
Jerome Burgei
DELPHOS, Ohio — Jerome Burgei, 82, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

He was born Jan. 3, 1935, to William and Margaret Burgei. Both 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, Michigan, and Randy Burgei of Scottsdale, Arizona; 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 7:30 a.m. 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 retiring from Federal Mogul in Van Wert after 37 years of faithful service.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. 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 on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with a parish wake to begin at 7 p.m.

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

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