Gerald Reeser


ROCHELLE - Gerald “Jerry” Reeser, passed away Feb. 25, 2021 on his 81st birthday at Liberty Village in Rochelle.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 236 Kelley Drive, Rochelle with Father Jesus Dominguez officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Rochelle with military honors provided by the Eastern Lee-Ogle Honor Guard.

Jerry was born Feb. 25, 1940 to Charles and Geraldine (McCoy) Reeser. He married MaryLou Gehant on May 18, 1963 in West Brooklyn. She preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2020.

Survivors include two children, Mark (Denise) Reeser of Rockford and Margaret (David) Lundquist of Loves Park; one brother, Pat (Kathy) Reeser of Hedgesville, W.V.; one sister, Teresa (Mark) Lane of Earlville; a sister-in-law, Karen Reeser of Oregon; and four grandchildren, Hayley and Nolen Reeser and Cameron and Mary-Margaret Lundquist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and one brother, Dan Reeser.

Jerry was drafted by the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He retired from Del Monte at 50, and then worked at Grennan Meats and volunteered at St. Patrick Catholic Church filling many different roles. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. While family and friends enjoyed their time by the pool, he was known to cook a Headon’s pork chop or two. Vacationing with MaryLou for several years at Marco Island was always a highlight for both of them. He loved his Chicago teams, the Bears and the Cubs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Serenity Hospice and Home. Visit to sign the online guest book.