May 13, 1937 - October 22, 2020
Jerome F. Wasik, Jr. passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home in Shelby Township. Jerry was born in Detroit to Jerome and Henrietta Wasik on May 13, 1937. Living in the funeral home across the street from St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Jerry spent his early education years at Stannies and was a member of the basketball and football teams. When he graduated from Stannies Jerry moved on to the University of Detroit where he spent 2 years pursing his passion for funeral service before transferring to Wayne State University's School of Mortuary Science. When Jerry graduated from the mortuary school at Wayne State he enlisted for service in the United States Army where he spent 24 months and 28 days (but who's counting) in service to his country. Upon completion of his time in the Army Jerry enrolled at Central Michigan University where he obtained his bachelor's degree. In 1965 Jerry and his brother Joe expanded operations of the funeral home by building a second location that they would run on Seven Mile while their father Jerome F. Wasik, Sr. ran the funeral home on Medbury. Looking to enlarge his circle of friends Jerry joined the Skiwi Ski Club where he met Mary Ann Doherty, the love of his life, who he married on August 2, 1968. For 52 years they travelled along, singing their song, side by side... Over the course of the next several years Jerry and Mary Ann settled into the neighborhood around the funeral home on Seven Mile first living in the apartment above the funeral home and then buying a home on Gruebner. After settling into their first home they were graced with their children Mary Ellen and Michael. Joe and Jerry ran the funeral home on Seven Mile in partnership until they were able to buy the Jerome A. DeSantis Funeral Home in Warren, Michigan and shortly after transitioned the business from the north east side of the city into the suburbs. In 1983 Jerry and Mary Ann moved from their home in Detroit to a new home in Shelby Township where they lived until 2019. In 2019 Jerry and Mary Ann decided to downsize a bit and bought a condo to be closer to their granddaughters. In 2000 Jerry and Joe expanded again by opening their location on Schoenherr and 22 Mile Rd. in Shelby Township where Jerry worked until he retired in 2017 after 62 years of serving families in the Metro Detroit Area. Family was very important to Jerry. As his kids grew up and played sports, played in the band, dance recitals or their Saturday morning bowling league for St. Raymond he was always there supporting them no matter what activity they participated in. His face always lit up when his grandkids were around. He enjoyed hearing about their daily and life accomplishments. His happiest times were spent with his family just being together. He instilled a strong foundation of family, religion and work ethics that built a legacy that will last for generations. Jerry is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 52 years Mary Ann. His loving children Mary Ellen (Ross) Corio and Michael (Alissa) Wasik. He is the proud grandfather of his cherished grandchildren Alaina and Lauren Wasik; Ashley (Cullen) Hall, Katrina (Ryan) McCarron and Anthony Corio. His dearest sister Henrietta 'Babe' (Bob) Steiner and sister in law Camille. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth (Len) Jenaway, Joseph (LeeAnn) Wasik, Audrey (Keith) Jeffrey, Rob and Scott Steiner and Ann Marie (Jeff) Bliss and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews of the Doherty Family. Jerry was predeceased by his parents Jerome, Sr. and Henrietta Wasik, his sisters Mary Ann Wasik and Olga (John) Lewinski and his brother Joe Wasik. Visitation will start Monday at 2:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 with a 6:00 PM Rosary at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc. 49150 Schoenherr Rd. (n. of 22 Mile Rd.) Shelby Twp. Jerry will lie in state on Tuesday from 9:30 until the 10 AM Mass of Resurrection at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church 48115 Schoenherr Rd. (n. of 21 Mile Rd.) Shelby Twp. Jerry will be entombed at the Mausoleum of the Most Holy Trinity at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. In lieu of floral arrangements please direct memorial contributions to Guest House or to the Capuchins. **To comply with the Michigan Department of Health all those in attendance are required to wear a mask or face covering** To accommodate our family that is unable to attend the services we will be live streaming the Mass of Resurrection on the website starting at 9:30 AM (eastern time) Tuesday October 27, 2020. Open the 'photos and videos' tab (media tab on mobile devices) on Jerry's main page to access the livestream.
Jerome F. Wasik, Jr. passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home in Shelby Township. Jerry was born in Detroit to Jerome and Henrietta Wasik on May 13, 1937. Living in the funeral home across the street from St. Stanislaus Catholic... View Obituary & Service Information
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