Gerolamo J. "Jerry" Giunta, 91, of Sandusky, died early Wednesday morning, May 30, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a brief illness.
He was born Feb.15, 1916, in Cleveland and was a graduate of West Tech School, Cleveland, and the Cleveland Art Institute. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, during which time he was an artist for the Navy publication "Ship Ahoy." Jerry was a skilled artist. He worked as an artist for WPA, did commission work and taught art for several years. He came to Sandusky in 1951 and went into the restaurant business. He was the owner of Giunta's Hickory Steak House until 1985. He was a member of American Legion Post 83, a life member of the AMVETS, member and past president of the liquor dealers association, the Kiwanis Club and many other local organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Schlachter Giunta; three children, Ross (Wendy) Giunta and Gerald Giunta, both of St. Pete's Beach, Fla., and Darlene (Craig) Wood of Sandusky; two stepchildren, Victor (Susan) Dienes of Jacksonville, Fla., and Valerie (Ronald) Speer of Sandusky; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosario and Giuseppe (Barone) Giunta; one half brother; and one halfsister.
At Mr. Giunta's request, there will be no visitation and his body has been cremated. A Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Philip Feltman will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements.