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Gerald "Jerry" Affelt

November 11, 1942 July 31, 2020
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Gerald “Jerry” Affelt 77 of LaSalle passed away with his wife at his side on July 31 at 6:26 AM in his residence after a long illness. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial mass will be Monday August 10 at 10:30 in St. Patrick Church. The Very Reverend Paul Carlson, Pastor of LaSalle Catholic Parishes will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Hyacinth Cemetery. A memorial visitation will be in the Church on Monday from 9:30 until the time services. The Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle is assisting the family.
Jerry was born in LaSalle on November 11, 1942 to Joseph A. and Frances M. (Glupczynski) Affelt.
He married Roberta (Bobbi) Kay Martin on June 26, 1987 in LaSalle. Rev Kevin Gorman, OSB validated the marriage in St. Joseph Church in Peru on December 27, 1991.
He was a graduate of St. Hyacinth Grade School in 1956. He graduated of St. Bede Academy, Class of 1960. He continued his education at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio where he earned a B.S. Degree in 1964. In 1969 he achieved his Master Degree of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. In 1973 he received a certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Illinois.
He entered the teaching profession in Depue Elementary School in 1964. He taught and coached there to 1967. He then accepted a position at Lincoln Jr. High in LaSalle and taught the 1967-1968 school year. In 1968 he accepted and began his tenure of being a Principal at Depue Elementary School from 1968-1971. It continued on to Matthiessen Elementary in LaSalle from 1971-1973. Lincoln Jr. High in LaSalle from 1973-1994 in where he retired. After retiring he was employed by the News Tribune in LaSalle.
He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Lasalle. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in LaSalle. A member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. A life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
He is survived by: his wife Bobbi. 1 daughter: Amy Lynn Affelt (Michael Leslie).
Step -Children: Bob Kay, and Shannon Bartley. 5 Step Grandchildren: Martin, Connor, David, Nathan, and Aidan. 4 Step Great Grandchildren: Natalie, Ashlynn, Martin and Jack.
He is preceded in death by: His father (2004), his mother (2009), and a Step-Daughter Bridget Ernat (2014).
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for his favorite charities.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.burgessfh.com

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