Gerard “Jerry” Edward Burton, age 88, passed away peacefully Thursday (March 22, 2018) at his daughter’s home in Penn Yan, N.Y., surrounded by many of his children. Our grief is tempered in knowing that he is now in the presence of God and reunited with his bride, Annie.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (March 27) at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m Wednesday (March 28) at Saint Michael’s Church, 312 Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, followed by a reception in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Keuka Comfort Care, P.O. Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Jerry was born August 6, 1929, in Mineola, New York. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corp / Air Force from 1948 – 1952. He married Annie Dorothy Laskowski in 1952, moving the family from Freeport, N.Y., to Branchport, N.Y., in 1971.
Jerry lived a life of service, to include: Red Cross Volunteer, Town of Jerusalem Zoning Board member, President and Trustee of Bitley Cemetery, and Branchport Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Chief. His generosity and helpfulness will be remembered by many.
Jerry will be remembered for his love of family, antique automobiles, and the Finger Lakes region. His annual trek to Hershey, Pa., for the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet was the highlight of his year.
He is survived by one brother, Edward Burton (Lorna); nine of his 10 children, Antoinette Burton, Rose Jensen (Carl), Dave Burton, Jerry Burton Jr. (Ronnette), Ann Burton-Bradley (John), Beth Woltmann (Dale), Bob Burton (Monica), Becca Burton, William Burton (Sheva); nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was predeceased by his infant son, Stephen; wife, Annie, and brother Charles Burton.