Mr. Gerald E. "Gerry" Magaleski, 81, a resident of Shickshinny Lake, entered into Eternal Life Monday morning surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his residence, following a recent illness.
Born November 23, 1938 in Glen Lyon, he was one of two children to the late Eli and Leona (Strasdus) Magaleski. Educated in the Glen Lyon schools, he was a member of the 1956 graduating class of the former Newport Township High School. He then earned his Bachelor degree in education from the East Stroudsburg University. Mr. Magaleski then furthered his education toward his vocation by attaining his Master of Arts degree in education from Kean University in Union, New Jersey.
His teaching career began for the Readington Township School District in New Jersey where he served for several years. He would eventually be appointed principal for the Old Turnpike School in Old Wick, New Jersey. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Magaleski realized some twenty-five years in teaching. Following his formal retirement from education, Gerry did not sit idly. He then attained his realtor license and was associated with the Max Spann Real Estate Company in New Jersey. He also served as a bartender for the Hunterdon Hills Dinner Theater in Perryville, New Jersey. While residing in New Jersey, he previously was a member of the Peapack Gladstone Gun Club.
Following his and his wife's relocation to their familial roots, Mr. Mageleski served two years as a substitute teacher for the Northwest Area School District at the high school.
He and his wife, the former Regina Wozinski celebrated fifty-nine years of married life together on June 25, 2019.
The couple held membership in Saint Martha's Roman Catholic Church in Stillwater, where he could often be seen making pierogies for the annual picnic and parish functions. He is remembered by those who knew and love him as being a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. His presence will be greatly missed by all those he touched in this life.
Gerry was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Barbara Hudak, and most recently by a grandson Matthew Magaleski on August 23, 2019.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they hold of him in addition to his beloved wife Regina at home are the couple's children, Gerald Magaleski Jr., Karen Mazerolle and her husband David, all of Frenchtown, N.J.; Kevin Magaleski and his wife Kathy; Debbie Orrico and her husband David, all of Pittstown, N.J.; Grandchildren, including Caitlyn and Michael Magaleski; Alyssa and Rachel Orrico; Abbigayle Mazerolle; Several nieces, nephews, fellow educators, parishioners and dear friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Magaleski will be conducted on Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. from the Charles L. Cease Funeral Home, 634 Reyburn Road, Muhlenberg Corners, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Martha's Roman Catholic Church, 260 Bonneville Road, Fairmount Springs. The Reverend Louis T. Kaminski, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, next to the church where the Rite of Committal will be conferred.
Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Magaleski and her family for visitation and shared remembrances Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, Gerry's family would be humbled if those wishing to make a monetary donation in his memory, kindly give consideration to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Wilkes-Barre are honored to care for Mr. Magaleski and his family at this time.
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Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105