Gerald E. Gennaro

September 25, 1936 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Gerald Gennaro Obituary


Gerald Eugene Gennaro died suddenly on December 19, 2023, at the age of 87. He was born in Bessemer to the late Dominic and Anna (Leeson) Gennaro on September 25, 1936. He married his sweetheart, Nadine (Kachmer) on September 16, 1961, and cared for her until her death on March 11, 2018. He is survived by his 4 daughters Tammy (Tony) Silvestri, Debra (Bruce) Massof, Leeann (Ed) Knapp, and Laura (Marc) Conti who will miss him more than they can say. He was very proud of his 12 grandchildren Daniel (Elizabeth) Silvestri, Marley (Cameron) Davis, Nicholas (Lauani) Silvestri, Gabrielle (Matthew) Brennan, Eric Massof, Claire Massof, Ryan Knapp, Christina (Bradyn) Bridegam, Frank Conti, Marc Conti, Jr, Mia Conti, and Angelo Conti. He was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren: Maximilian, Christopher, Lucy and Joseph Silvestri, Cecilia, James, Maria and John Davis, Maria Tereza and Dominic Silvestri, and Leo and Peter Brennan, and one to be born in June. All of whom loved him very much.

Gerald loved his family, gardening, and sports. In the summer, you would find him in his very large garden, watering, weeding, and caring for his vegetables. In the fall, you would find him at football games; in winter, girls and boys basketball games; and in the spring, baseball games and girls and boys track meets. He especially loved to watch his grandchildren play football, baseball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball. There was no one in the stands more proud than he was when watching his grandchildren. 

Gerald lived a very active life. He was in the army reserves for a brief time. He worked full time at Carbon Limestone company while also going to school full time to get an accounting degree. He continued to work at Carbon Limestone after graduating from Youngstown State University. He managed a convenience store in New Castle where he made many friends and ran a tight ship. He traveled to see his children and grandchildren who did not live nearby. He made pierogies 2 days a week with his crew at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Middletown. He traveled to Hawaii, a place that he loved, 3 times with Nadine and once with Tammy and Tony just to see it one last time.

Gerald was also preceded in death by his beloved sister, Phyllis (Eugene) Retort, and his brother, Raymond Gennaro. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 4-7 pm at Terry Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pennsylvania. There will be an additional visitation on Thursday, December 28, 2023, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow beginning at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Middletown, Ohio. In place of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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December 27, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Terry Cunningham Funeral Home
203 Oak Street
Bessemer, PA 16112

December 28, 2023

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
St. Paul the Apostle Church
10143 Main Street
New Middletown, PA 44442

Funeral Mass
December 28, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Paul the Apostle Church
10143 Main Street
New Middletown, PA 44442


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