Jerry Michael Cleland, age 74, died September 3, 2016. He is reunited with Cris and all the angels and saints in communion with the Father. Together they dance.
Jerry taught his children that to see the Lord, one must live simply, seek silence and quiet their spirit, remain free of sin and serve others. His life bore witness to these principles as he led his family and others with quiet strength, attended to the sick and suffering, and ministered to us all. Jerry was a happy warrior.
Born in Terre Haute, Indiana Jerry lived his childhood in Akron, DeWitt (NY), and Bay Village. He graduated from Bay High, The University of Akron, Kent State University (where he played basketball), and the University of North Carolina. Jerry served as a nurse and administrator for several institutions including Akron City Hospital. Jerry was involved in apostolic Catholic ministry, and served as the president of Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Northeast Ohio. Jerry shared his love of sport with his children and grandchildren and coached CYO basketball coach for several years.
Jerry and Cris loved each other completely, and they raised their children to love and serve the Lord.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Eileen (nee Funk) and his wife Clarissa "Cris" (nee Rardin). He is survived by his brothers Hugh (Connie) and George (JoAnn), his children Luke (Nicole), Maureen (Jason) Pittman, Paul (Gina), Mary, Tony (Kristin) and Hope; grandchildren Ana, Dominic, Gianni, Lucy, Jude, Finn and Lily, and many nieces nephews and in-laws. Friends will be received 4-8 PM Wednesday at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 99 WEST AURORA ROAD (ONE MILE WEST OF RT. 8), NORTHFIELD CENTER, OH (330)468-1443. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM Thursday, September 8, 2016 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 9451 Brandywine Road, Northfield Center, OH. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens, Canton, OH. Donations can be pledged to Catholic Mens Fellowship of Northeast Ohio, P.O. Box 21271, South Euclid, Ohio 44121.
(JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME (330)468-1443 NL 9-14-16)