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Jeremiah Russel Graul, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 14, 2020 @ 12:11 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

Jeremiah Russel Graul, Jr. age 76, died on May 11, 2020 from covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. At the time of his death, he was living in a senior care memory center in Annandale, VA, but lived much of his life in Lancaster, PA. Always known as Jerry, he was born with cerebral palsy and lived a remarkable life, making full use of his abilities. He graduated in 1964 from Manheim Township High School, where he received an award as wrestling manager, and from Johnstown Rehabilitation Center, Johnstown, PA., a vocational training program.

Jerry’s employment included 22 years at Sears; he later worked as a cashier at several different hardware stores. He lived with his parents in Neffsville and had an active social life with many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was involved with a cerebral palsy club called Courage Club and was elected treasurer for three years running in the early 1970s. Jerry lived independently after his parents died and continued to enjoy games, puzzles, his cats, and beach trips with relatives. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and rooted for the Phillies and Eagles his entire life.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was a second family for Jerry. He was an usher and volunteered in the church office after he retired. He also volunteered at Heart of Lancaster Hospital.

Jerry loved to travel and took several European and Middle Eastern tours with his church group. He visited his sister and brother-in-law when they lived in Paris and took several other trips with them to Canada, Mexico and other destinations. Jerry enjoyed all kinds of music, with one exception: “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.” Oh, no, don’t play that for Jerry.

When people speak of Jerry, they use adjectives such as kind, thoughtful, good-natured, funny, and, to those who knew him well, thrifty.

Jerry is survived by his sister, Susan Clark, nephew, Michael Clark and his wife Donna, niece, Jean DuBro and her husband Tom Gnecco, along with loving grandnephews and nieces Alex, Allison, Jackson, and Anna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA, www.ucpcentralpa.org, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 or Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312.

Condolences for the family of “Jeremiah Russel Graul, Jr.”

Condolence from Carol Esbenshade on May 15th, 2020 10:07 am

Jerry was loved by everyone at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church! He was greatly missed when he left the area to be closer to Susan. I’m so glad he was able to travel with fellow church members. He was a joy to be around. Rest in peace, Jerry!

Condolence from Regina Motter on May 15th, 2020 1:43 pm

Susan I knew Jerry many years ago at playground at Neff School. He and I were a very good team and I had lots of fun with him. I lived in Valley road and was 7 years older than him so I kinda took care of him. I knew he had potential but with help. Often wondered what life dealt him. Was thrilled when I saw in the obit that he really made his life fun. It probably was a lot of work for a lot of folks but he loved it.
I was Jeanie(Genie) Jones at that time in life. I am now Regina Jones Motter. I went on to be a Dental Hygienist, married a Marylander, lived in quite a few places in Maryland but we are now residences of Masonic Village of Elizabethtown and loving it. I can be reached at reginamotter2015@gmail.com. Just to let you know I have very good memories of Jerry! Jeanie

Condolence from Erin McKenna on May 15th, 2020 2:24 pm

I was Jerry’s neighbor at Valleybrook and recall his love of Philly sports as well as his daily walks. His obituary is a loving and insightful tribute. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Ann Bollinger on May 15th, 2020 5:20 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing, I worked with Jerry for many years at Sears. He was the nicest and kindness person. I often thought about him over the years and wonder how he was and what he was doing. Reading his obituary answered a lot of them. Rest in Peace Jerry.

Condolence from Robin Nickels on May 15th, 2020 7:03 pm

Jerry’s Family
So sorry for your loss.
I met Jerry while volunteering at the heart of Lancaster hospital
He was always such a delight and happy to help. He was always good for knowing the Philly scores . He was so independent and kind and everyone knew him .
We missed him when he went to live with his sister and her family , that he loved .

Robin Nickels and Linda Miller

Condolence from Ann Gallagher on May 16th, 2020 11:26 am

Dear Sue & Family,

I was saddened to hear that Jerry has passed away. The obit spoke beautifully of the person he was. He adored his VA family. Sue, you were a wonderful sister to Jerry. My deepest condolences to all.

Ann Gallagher

Condolence from Stella Papademetriou on May 18th, 2020 3:37 pm

To Jerry’s family,

What a nice guy. I worked with Jerry at Sears. He had a great sense of humor. He talked about his,
sister Sue all the time—-almost as much as the Phillies! God blessed him with a wonderful family. May his memory be eternal.

Stella Papademetriou

Condolence from Bob OConnor on May 18th, 2020 8:47 pm

Susan, I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Sears. He was always a pleasure to be around. We used to bust on each other since he was an Eagle fan, and I liked the Redskins. I’m happy he got to finally celebrate the Eagle’s super bowl. My friend George Hostetter and Jerry were very entertaining since they were always joking around with each other. I think heaven has a new comedy duo with those too up there. Jerry always talked fondly of you, and you should be proud of all you did for him. God bless.

Condolence from Robert Bolenius on May 19th, 2020 8:15 am

I loved reading all the other condolence messages for my cousin and friend, Jerry Graul. Many were from friends and co-workers especially from his time working at Sears. We used to visit each other for a week at a time during the summer. we had many fond memories growing up. As we got older we would see each other twice a year at Family gatherings. We’d discuss the Phillies and Eagles and their prospects for the upcoming season. Being a Philly sports fan, I was often saying that the teams prospects didn’t look very good, BUT Jerry was always positive they were going to win it all. Thank God, we did see the Phils win in ’80 and ’08 and the Eagles FINALLY in ’18. Jerry was positive about everything in life; we’ll miss him and mourn for him, but the best thing we could do for his memory is to treat others the way he did.

Condolence from Libbie Weber on May 26th, 2020 3:55 pm

Dear Susan, We realize how much you have been through these last several months and grieve with you. Jerry was a delight to get to know a little bit on BrightView third floor. My sister Julia and I always looked forward to seeing him and chatting with him at meals, when we visiting our parents. What a smile! So interesting to read about his life. If I’d known, I would have had to tease him about his PA team choices, as we’re from the Pittsburgh area. That would have been fun. Many, many blessings to you…

Condolence from Ross Bare on June 9th, 2020 9:44 pm

Our deepest sympathies in the passing of your brother and my cousin, Jerry.

Ross K Bare Jr

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