AUSTINTOWN - A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Park in Austintown, 1055 S. Raccoon Road, for Jerome “Jerry” Rish, who died peacefully Sunday morning with a rosary in his hand.
Jerry was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Campbell, a son of Joseph Jr. and Lillian (Roberts) Rish.
He was a 1950 graduate of Ursuline High School where he played football and a U. S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War.
Jerry was an active member of various ski clubs and especially enjoyed ski trips to Vail, Colo. He was a member of the VFW and many golf and bowling leagues.
He grew up in New Bedford, Pa. where he was an active member of St. James Church, volunteering his time as an usher and the men’s club. He was a devoted Catholic. Even when he was too sick to go to church, he watched masses on TV. When he was able to he loved going to St. Columba Cathedral with his friend that picked him up Graigh Snovak.
Jerry is survived by his brother, Robert (Mary Francis) Rish, of Lowellville.
He leaves a special niece, Shari (Carl) Talarico of Austintown that was his caregiver for over 14 years, along with the help of their daughters, Tiffany (Kenneth) Williams of Akron and Tammy (Patrick) Talarico-Jeffrey of Champion; and a great-great niece, Lillyann Williams of Akron whom he truly adored and made him smile as she entertained him; a special nephew, Timothy J. Voytilla of Riverview, Fla. who made special trips to visit Uncle Jerry; two nieces; one nephew; and many others.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Ellen Lesnak and Dolores Picchiottino.
Family and friends may pay their respects a half hour before the service at the 9/11 Memorial Park in Austintown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.