Jerry F. Burngasser

Jerry F. Burngasser

Please join us on Monday September 10, 2018 at 7 PM,  Vanguard Christian Church, 375 Payne Ave. North Tonawanda, NY 14120 to celebrate Jerry’s Life.

Jerry F. Burngasser, age 70 of Tonawanda, New York, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus on July 30, 2018. Our family is heartbroken as his death was not expected but we realize we are here on “God’s Time” and it was time for Jerry to go home.

Jerry was the son of the late Jerome and Helen (nee Brodfuehrer) Burngasser. He was brother to the late Colleen McNamee as well.

Jerry had such a heart for his family: Mary Dendy (sister), Jane Kariuki (sister), Joseph (Patricia) Burngasser (brother) and Reverend Judy and Reverend Dr. Ronald Burgio (sister). He was a Devoted Uncle to Liz (Jeffrey) Diegelman, Robby Dendy, Paul (Chennelle) Kariuki, Jerry Kariuki, Joseph M. Burngasser, MaryKate Burngasser, Michael (Taia) Burngasser, Rachel Vazquez, Louis Burgio, Emily (Ryan) Nuwer, Reverend Jonathan (Nicki) Burgio, Carrie (Matthew) Vargo, Meagen McNamee, and Joe McNamee. He was a Great Uncle to 13.

If we had to pick just two words to describe Jerry, it would be Big Heart. Jerry was a truly caring and giving person. The Bible says, if someone wants your shirt, give him your coat as well. That described our brother.
He was always ready to give, even though he himself, did not have a lot of material things. But what he did have was a big heart and determination and that, along with his faith, carried him through life.

His love for his family and friends was evident in his commitment to staying in touch with his cousins. He loved playing Pinochle and Euchre at family get togethers. You often can get an indication of a person’s life based on how many hearts he touched. Jerry touched many with his caring and jovial personality. He will be truly missed by his good friends Don Johnson and Bill Kandare. A special thank you to Wegman’s for making him part of their family in the Produce Department at the Niagara Falls Boulevard location in Amherst, NY for many years.

Jerry was a 1966 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and would fondly reminisce about the years he spent there. He was particularly proud of his participation in the Varsity Cross Country Team for three seasons and we enjoyed many laughs as he shared his stories.

If there was a Karaoke Night somewhere in the Tonawanda’s we knew exactly where we would find him. He was a regular at the ELKS on Main Street in Tonawanda for their Wednesday Karaoke. In fact, someone gave him the name Jerrioke at one of these events and it stuck.



  • Jeanette Woodward August 2, 2018 1:07 am

    So sorry for your loss!

  • James and Kathleen.Campbell August 2, 2018 1:21 am

    Dear Joe and Pat
    You are in our hiughts and prayers.
    God’s Peace ????

  • Keith pascucci August 2, 2018 2:00 am

    Sorry for your lose worked with Jerry at niagara cutter and would run into him at wegmans

  • Beth (Burngasser) Joyner August 2, 2018 2:20 am

    Sorry for our family’s loss. Very beautiful words written above.

  • Dick and Robin Royer August 2, 2018 2:53 am

    So very sorry for your loss, Joe and Pat, your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • Justin Collins August 2, 2018 3:34 am

    He was such a gentle and caring man! We will truly miss him. We thank God that he graced our family at Vanguard!!!

  • John Steiner August 2, 2018 11:10 am

    So sorry for your loss. May God grant him eternal rest in his heavenly kingdom. My prayers for strength and comfort for you and your family.

  • Judy Burgio August 2, 2018 11:47 am

    Jerry, I love you. You will be greatly missed. I can’t wait to join you in heaven with mom, dad and Colleen. What a great reunion we will have.

  • Vicky and Paul King August 2, 2018 11:59 am

    We are so sorry for your loss

  • Sharon and Chris Warning August 2, 2018 12:04 pm

    We are sorry for you loss. We remember Jerry fondly

  • Theresa Morone August 2, 2018 12:42 pm

    My condolences to the Burngasser family and friends.

  • Bob & Uta Milewski August 2, 2018 1:07 pm

    To all the Burngasser descendants, we’re sorry for your loss but happy for Jerry to be where there’s always joy.

  • BJ VanDewater August 2, 2018 4:00 pm

    My condolences to all of the Burnagasser family and friends.

  • Linda Dietrich August 2, 2018 8:25 pm

    Remembering earlier fun times with your family. With sympathy,

  • Deborah Burke Szucs August 2, 2018 9:04 pm

    My sincere heartfelt condolences to your family.

  • Bernadette Skobjak & Fred Dowaliby August 3, 2018 12:52 am

    Judy,Thank you for sharing this heartwarming statement of your brother’s life and values. It is so hard to lose a brother at any age and any time. We are sad for your loss.

  • Scott and Debbie Curtis August 3, 2018 1:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jerry will be missed by everyone!

  • Robert Fletcher August 3, 2018 3:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss May the good lord watch over you and your family

  • Hanni Klinger August 5, 2018 4:56 am

    You have been a very much loved member of the Twin Cities Elks lodge 860 and will be sorely missed.
    Our condolences to the family.

  • Laura (Burngasser) D’Orsaneo August 5, 2018 12:05 pm

    This is a beautiful writeup for Jerry. Sorry for your loss

  • Patty Starr August 6, 2018 2:25 pm

    Jerry was truly a great person. Loved hearing him sing ,I met him years ago when he sang at park side lanes,his favorite song back then was secret agent man.I listened to him ever week at karaoke at the elks.He will be missed by all.So sorry for your loss.

  • Jan Proefrock Loeffert Foss August 7, 2018 1:54 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jerrys passing… he was a very sweet man… I worked with him for many years at Wegmans… he will be missed by many

  • Lori Salvatore August 9, 2018 9:28 am

    What a beautiful tribute to my coworker! I had the pleasure of working with Jerry for many years at Wegmans. We are a close knit family and it’s hard when we lose someone. Jerry, it was an honor to work with you and a treat to hear you sing karaoke at company picnics. To the family, may God hold you in His arms and give you strength during this time

  • Anna Muscato August 10, 2018 3:59 pm

    I am so sorry for your great loss Mary Joe Janie and Judy. My dear cousin Jerry was such a gentle sweet man. He will be missed by all… Anna

  • Lynn Hyland August 18, 2018 1:12 am

    So sorry to hear the sad news about Jerry’s passing. He was such a kind and loving man! Bless you all at this time and know that he will live on in the hearts of those who love him.

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