Jerome "Jerry"'s Story

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Long-time Mankato resident, Jerome "Jerry" Zuckerman, age 91, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Laurel's Peak in Mankato. Memorial service will be held at 2pm Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dean Wolf officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the services at Woodland Hills Funeral Home.

He was born on October 23, 1925 to Abraham and Lillian Zuckerman of Manhattan, New York. He was the baby brother of sisters Gertrude and Ruth (both deceased). Upon completion of Jerry's high school years, he realized that he had a strong love of literature and decided to continue his studies in that area. Jerry was extremely gifted with language and was hired by the military to teach American soldiers in Japan for several years. He eventually received his PhD in British Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jerry was offered a position at MNSU, Mankato in 1964, and taught in the English Department there for 26 years.

Jerome was united in marriage to his sweetheart, the late Ruth Van Horn on October 20, 1962, and they were married for 29 years. Ruth and Jerry traveled extensively to many parts of the world, creating beautiful and lasting memories. They brought that culture into their home where they entertained friends and many of their college students.

Those who knew Jerry realized his skilled use of the English language. He was very articulate and well spoken. Jerry wrote volumes of poetry and was an avid reader. He enjoyed going to movies, concerts, plays, and other cultural events with his dear friend, Faith.

During the last ten years of his life, Jerry became a close friend with his neighbor, Steve Brown, who helped keep him mentally sharp and physically active, giving him a new lease on life. Jerry obtained a membership at the YMCA, where he exercised three times a week, even after his 90th birthday.

Although Jerry's family lived at a distance, they remained close throughout the course of his lifetime. They were very dear to his heart. The family kept in frequent contact through phone calls and by traveling back and forth to be with each other in person. Jerry enjoyed a very strong family connection, and he was proud of each one.

Jerry is survived by his niece, Marylyn (Irwin) Franks; nephew, Larry (Arline) Goldberg, great-nieces and nephews, Cindy Wechsler, Roy Franks, and Keith (Stephanie) Goldberg, and Elyse Goldberg; great great-nieces and nephews, Genna, Josh, Austin, and Garrett; and a host of former students and many dear friends.
Published on February 7, 2017
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