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“I worked with Jerry, first as a Smokestoppers teacher and then called upon him many times for my nurses and families in times of crisis and grief. He...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Marcia Albanese - Clearwater, FL

“Jerry, I know you're up there sharing your 2 cents worth with the Lord. It was great working with you. I learned much from your ways. Your sense of...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Blair Holtey - New Port Richey, FL

“Gail, sending love and support your way. Remembering how many people you and Jerry helped during your Hospice years and what a delight it was to...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: mj sutcliffe sutcliffe - FL

“Mrs. DuCharme, I am very sorry for your loss. We met when you needed a cat sitter for Charlie over 10 years ago and I've remembered you and your...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Cristina C. - Clearwater, FL

“I hope you will ALWAYS know how much Jerry(&you) have meant to me!! ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Betsey Morgan - Clearwater, FL

“Jerry was an exceptional person and an inspiration to me. I will miss him greatly. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Mike Miller - Clearwater, FL

“I will miss seeing Jerry at the Lunch Bunch. I always took something good away from his shares. My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go to...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Juneau - Dunedin, FL

“My condolences to Gail and the family. Jerry was an inspiring spiritual man and helped many others to find their way. He will be missed. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: William Mooney - Clearwater, FL

“Jerry a wonderful man ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Bre Ryan - Dunedin, FL - friend

“I am truly saddened with Jerry's passing. He was one of the most remarkable men I have ever known. Jerry helped so many. One day I will see hm...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Bender - St. Petersburg, FL

“I have known Jerry for many years. He was such a special and kind friend, who had tremendous faith in God. He was a very good example to me and many...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Margie IRELAND - Oldsmar, FL

“I am very saddened by the passing of my cousin Jerome.... I grew up with him in the Chicagoland area as one of several Zegadlo cousins. I feel...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Ann Bedell - CAPE CORAL, FL

“Our family has known Jerry in many capacities over the years. He has touched our lives in so many ways. He has been so appreciated and will be...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Janice Machler - Clearwater, FL

“So blessed that Jerry was a part of our lives. Our utmost sympathies go out to Gayle and his family. We will always treasure the day Jerry married us...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Jack Stringfellow - Seminole, FL

“Jerry truly was a kind and wonderful man. I had the privilege of knowing him for about 20 years. He was a inspiration to many people. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: George Hoffmeyer - Palm Harbor, FL

Jerome Joseph (Jerry) DuCharme, 81, of Clearwater, FL, passed away August 8, 2018 at the North Pinellas Suncoast Hospice Care Center . He was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Florida thirty-four years ago from Des Moines, IA.

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Lawrence DuCharme; mother, Grace Zegadlo DuCharme; and sister, Aledean Tramontin.

He is survived by his wife, Gail DuCharme, of Clearwater, FL; sons, Laurence DuCharme, of New Port Richey, FL and Paul (Krisy) DuCharme, of Palm Harbor, FL; sister, Irene Ruckholdt, of Des Plaines, IL; and four grandchildren: Morgan, Connor, Madison, and Anna.

Jerry and Gail met in March of 1969 and were married on June 6, 1969. There was an immediate love connection between them that lasted 49 years. Two sons Larry and Paul were born out of that love. Before coming to Florida Jerry and Gail lived and worked in the Chicago area and Kansas City.

Jerry was a man of many talents, AUTHOR of three books; THE READERS GUIDE TO PROCLAMATION (Cycles A,B,C): co-author with Gail, LECTOR BEC0MES PROCLAIMER written as an outgrowth of trainer workshops for lectors in parishes in the Midwest and several states throughout the U.S: TRANSLATOR of two books: Jerry was a SCRIPTURE SCHOLAR with an STL in scripture and a resource to many parishes where he taught Scripture courses in the Chicago area, Kansas City, Des Moines, and the Tampa Bay area.

After Gail completed her Masters in Pastoral Studies Jerry and Gail moved to DesMoines, IA. There Jerry and Gail ministered as Resource Theologians at St. Joseph Educational Center serving the parishes of the DesMoines Diocese under Bishop Dingman. Jerry taught Scripture classes and trained prospective deacons and their wives for ordination to the deaconate.

In 1984 the family moved to Clearwater, Fl. After a few bumps in the road Jerry was hired by Morton Plant Hospital as an educator in the education department where he created a Stop Smoking Program which he taught at the hospital. A few years later Jerry was invited to join the Pastoral Care Department as a hospital Chaplain under Frank King. Jerry found his niche as a chaplain. He was often called to minister in the NICU department. He had a gift for helping parents of still births and serious birth complications. The nurses would call him in the middle of the night to come to the hospital because they knew he would know just how to help the parents as well as the staff. He had a gentle, compassionate spiritual approach. He never assumed he knew the pain of patients or staff, but loving listened and supported the grieving parents. No matter who Jerry visited the patients felt safe and understood. And of course, they appreciated his sense of humor even in difficult situations.

Jerry was a man of deep faith, and committed to ministry. After retirement from the hospital he went to work for 12 more years at Hospice of the Fl. Suncoast as a part-time chaplain. Jerry faithfully served in this capacity for 12 years after his retirement from Morton Plant. He was often asked to perform baptisms, perform the sacrament of healing, celebrate memorial services and he found time to minister to families of the dying.

People who met Jerry in ministry and the 12 Step recovery rooms met a man, soft spoken, level headed, and present to anyone he met. Anyone who approached him knew that they would have his total attention, honesty and yes, a sense of humor that sometimes made one wonder "was he serious?" He often approached newcomers and invited them to call him or he called them. Jerry touched the lives of men and women early in recovery and long term solid recovery. We are all enriched because we've been touched by a sober man of grace.

Jerry had two passions- Opera-Sports

I tried to love opera with him but I just couldn't. It's one of those forms of art you either love or hate. But being the "loving martyr wife" I tolerated it being played in the house or going to opera performances in which Jerry sang. His facial expressions revealed his love for the music and the languages. He was fortunate to have men friends who also loved Opera and they went to performances in the Tampa Bay area.

Sport TV shows were always on in the DuCharme house. Paul, Larry and Jerry enjoyed watching the Rays, the Bolts, the Bucs and US. The three amigos often went to games when they could. In the last months of Jerry's illness Paul and Jerry would watch the games in the family room and Larry was often on the telephone from New Port Richey chiming in with comments. Jerry loved this camaraderie with his sons.

He gave to his family a rich spiritual foundation, peaceful spirit, unconditional love and rich memories that will rest in our hearts and continue to enrich us now and in the days ahead. I was fortunate to have this wonderful precious man walk with me in our journey of 49 years of married life. I was privileged to feel his soft hands, look into his beautiful brown eyes filled with compassion and love. And in the last six months of his illness caring for him and being with him intimately allowed the two of us to share on a level within our innermost souls that opened our hearts beyond our own expectations. Forever united.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 7, 2018, 2:00 PM at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church. There will be a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ALSA - Florida Chapter.