Gerald “Jerry” Tonzola, 54
Gerald “Jerry” Tonzola, 54, of Leola, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Hospice of Lancaster County Essa Flory Hospice Center. He was born in South Amboy, NJ to the late Carmine and Ruth (Metelski) Tonzola.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Christine A. (Coyle) Tonzola. They were married on November 14, 1981.
Jerry was a member of The Table Community Church. He served on the Leadership Team and played in the worship band “Second Cup” and was involved in the care ministry group.
He was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for twenty-seven years and retired in 2006.
Jerry was a member of the Postal Worker Union, played the electric bass in the Fusion Band on Music 3rd Friday’s in Lancaster City, loved gardening, especially spice gardening, cooking, riding his bicycle, and always enjoyed vacationing with his family.
Surviving in addition to his wife, two sons, Eric, of Lancaster, Daniel, of Leola, two daughters, Stephanie and Amy, both of Leola, three brothers, John, of Eden Prairie, MN, Nick, of New Haven, VT, and Michael, of Powhatan, VA and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Jerry will be held at the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church 1865 Fruitville Pk. Lancaster, PA 17601 on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11am with The Rev. J. Daniel Houck officiating. A viewing will held on Sunday from 5-8pm at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Chapel 3110 Lititz Pk. Lititz, PA 17543 and again at the church on Monday from 10-11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to The Table Community Church PO Box 305 Lampeter, PA 17537. To send the family an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com
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Dear Christine and Children,
Sending you our sympathy and condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jerry was a fine person Take care
Cousins Arlene and Scott Lesch and family
I’m so sorry for your loss……he sure tried hard to stay. He was an unbelievable man and you are an unbelievable family.
Love to all,
Barbara (Litz) Straczynski
Dear Christine, and Children,
Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Jerry. A man I remember as always being full of life and mostly he loved the Lord. Scott and I send our prayers and love to the family during this very difficult time. He is with the Lord and he is in the worship band up in heaven. He loved his music, and playing in the band. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Scott & Teresa Peters
iam vanessa karbowski iam tami coyles cousin i just wanted to say my deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers are with the family
I WAS SO SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF SUCH A NICE MAN. A REAL FRIENDLY PERSON I MET 16 YRS AGO WHEN I MOVED INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU AND YOUR WIFE GREETED US AND WE ESPECIALLY FELT WARM SINCE YOU GUYS WERE FELLOW PISIANS. ALSO I FELT SAFE THAT YOUR WIFE WAS A NURSE..AND IN CASE OF A BAD PROBLEM I COULD ASK HER WHAT TO DO..AND IM SURE I HAVE ONCE OR TWICE. YOU GUYS WERE ESPECIALLY NICE TO MY PARENTS WHO LIVED DOWNSTAIRS FROM ME AND I ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO SEE YOUR KIDS GROW AT LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THEM RIDING THEIR BIKES ON THE BLOCK. WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU JERRY. I KNOW YOU HAD YOUR SHARE OF HEALTH ISSUES AND ALWAYS STOPPED TO TALK TO PEOPLE. YOUR CHILDREN WERE WELL BEHAVED AND IT WAS SO COMFORTABLE TO LIVE ON THE SAME BLOCK AS YOU AND TO KNOW YOU AS A FAMILY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU ALL AND FEEL FREE TO ASK IF WE CAN HELP WITH ANYTHING. PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
THE CIERVO/SALERNO FAMILY 20 APRICOT AVENUE
I hope you can find PEACE in good memories of the time you had.
Maelene (Ziola) Fraykor ; an old friend from Evelyn Terr.
Dear Chris and All,
My prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. God keep you!!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What faith! He certainly served the Lord and will be welcomed for his reward to be with Lord in eternity. No tears, no more pain. You are quite a family! I love all of you and my thoughts will be with you tomorrow, the 12th.
Dear Christine and family,
Just learned of Jerry’s passing. Very sorry for your loss. Undoubtably Jerry’s work is done on Earth, his life and even his struggle with cancer, a tribute to God’s glory. May you find peace in his love as you take up your new cross of living each day without Jerry. His memory will live it your hearts for all to see! A new path to a special bond with our creator.
Prayers and love,
Cindy Frank, Frankie, AnneMarie, Christopher
Have been praying for you that God will give you His peace during this period of sorrow for you and your family.
Lovingly, In Christ,
I want to first thank the family for letting me spend some time with my cousin Jerry. The wedding picture I saw on Facebook made it feel like yesterday. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, cousin, uncle and most of all friend to all. He will be missed very much. I also want to thank JERRY for allowing me and my children to finally meet his children, who will hold a special place in my heart. Family to him was important and I will make sure that we stay in touch so we continue to have wonderful memories to share with him when we see him again.
Jodi (Metelski) George.
Dear Chris, Eric, Stephanie, Amy, and Dan,
There’s a song by the Escape Club called "I’ll Be There" that makes me think of Jerry. Do you know it? In it, the deceased is telling the ones he loves that even though he’s passed on, he is still with them. The beginning of the song goes like this…
across the desert
I’ll be there
in a whisper on the wind
on the smile of a new friend
just think of me
And I’ll be there
Don’t be afraid, oh my love
I’ll be watching you from above
And I’d give all the world tonight,
to be with you
We were all extremely blessed to have known and loved Jerry. He embodied the spirit of Jesus, and that is what will live on for all of us. We love you.
Love and hugs,
Joe, Barbara, Brandi, Joey, CJ
Dear Chris & Family,
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Jerry. May God hold you in His hands and comfort you at this difficult time. Jerry is watching over you and smiling, pain free and peaceful, until you are one day reunited in Heaven.
Evelyn Grabas Smith
Its been many years since I have seen Gerry, my heartfelt condolences to Michael, Cheryl and the entire Tonzola family on your loss.
Best regards to all.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. May you find comfort knowing that Jerry is now free from any pain and suffering and is now in the hands of the Lord. God Bless him.
The Berry Family
Alicia & Dan (friends of Yvonne)
De and I, and the kids, are with you all at this time…and in the future. It will take a while for everyone to move on in love with life, as Jerry, Dad, husband, brother and friend would have expected of us all. Jerry…but we know that God is good, and He will help that along.
We love you and Jerry…
Steve, Deb, Corey and Courtney Maness
This is a very sad going home. He was so loved by you and your kids, as well as everyone that knew him. I remember having you both over our house before you left Sayreville when Jerry was relatively young in the Lord. He was so excited to talk about the Lord that we all went on for hours and lost track of time. He loved the Lord. He was such a great guy, and I feel so sorry for your loss. We know that there will be a resurrection, but until then I pray that you and your kids will find comfort in the presence of the Lord, and the condolences of your friends.
To Chris and Family,
Our deepest sympathy with the loss of your Husband/Dad. Jerry and all of you are very "special" to Joe and I. Always welcoming us into your home. We will miss Jerry very much but will treasure the great times we had with him.
Love to all.
Sue & Joe Kaprowski
Tina and I are so sorry for your loss, we love you guys and are there for you -I am honored to play at the memorial; my thoughts and prayers are with you
Dear Stephanie and the Tonzola family,
On behalf of the Diamond State Roller Girls, I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your father. While I did not know him personally, he must have been a great man to have raised such a wonderful daughter. Please know that we all are holding you and your family in our prayers.
In Derby Love,
Axl Rolls, Head Coach and Head Ref
Diamond State Roller Girls (Delaware)
Dear Chris, Steph, Eric, Amy and Dan,
Even though I haven’t seen you guys in awhile, I still feel such a void with Jerry’s passing. I can’t imagine your grief or pain.
I have fond memories of driving up to your warm and welcoming home on Harrison Street. Jerry would put on a pot of coffee and we would sit and talk for hours while the kids played in the yard. Those were the days, weren’t they? Cherish the memories…I will!