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Holy Trinity Catholic Church~Assumption
Friday January 25th, 2019
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Metamora
Saturday January 26th, 2019

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Jerry VandeSande

Jerry VandeSande, age 69, of Metamora, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home, following a brief illness, Monday, January 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born February 22, 1949 in Beernem, Belgium to Cyriel and Josima (Steyaert) VandeSande.  In 1950, when Jerry was 18 months old, the family arrived in America by ship.

He was raised and helped on the family farm as a crop and produce farmer.  That carried over to his own farm, which he managed for 50 years.  He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1968 and enlisted in the US Army for 2 years in Fort Hood, Texas.  Jerry was a member of CWV Post #306 in Assumption and Holy Trinity Catholic Parish.

Jerry's love of cars led him to his first job in Lyons, Ohio, and carried over to a job at Kistler Ford.  Jerry retired from the Evergreen Local Schools in 2006, with over 30 years as a bus mechanic and transportation coordinator, as well as mowing grass for Evergreen and Swanton.

Jerry enjoyed riding motorcycles, watching Nascar, playing cards, camping at the Fair and working on his farm.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; especially cookouts and watching the kids splash around in the pond.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Lori, whom he married 2 short years ago, but have shared over 20 wonderful years together; his children, Chad, Amy (Brad), Adam (Krystal), Matt (Jen) and Kristin (Michael); grandchildren, Justin (Brooke), Scott (Cierra) Riley, MaKayla, Taylor, Adam Michael, Harley, Emma, Kylie and one on the way; great-grandchildren, Camrynn, Adalynn and Avery; nephew and great-nieces, Robert, Alexis and Jolie; father and mother-in-law, Marc and Ellen; sister-in-law, Trisha (Bentley); brothers-in-law, Jeff (Sheri) and Craig (Tammy); along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and furry friends, Laci, Gizmo, Mylee and Missy.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers of Promedica Hospice.

Family and friends may visit Friday, January 25th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora (419.644.3601), where CWV Rites will be presented at 7:00 p.m.   Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 26th at 12:00 (Noon)  in the funeral home with  Fr. Michael Dandurand  presiding.  Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Promedica Hospice or the Catholic War Veterans Post #306.

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A candle was lit in memory of Jerry VandeSande

Lori Vandesande Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy Lori ,and the entire family.

Tom and Judy Carr Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry VandeSande

L umbrezer family Jan 26 2019 12:00 AM

Jerry always had that great smile. He was the best bus man I worked with in my career. He never put a bus on the road that wasn't right. He was hardworking and extremely loyal. Jerry was respected by the drivers, administration, fellow mechanics, community and the Ohio Highway Patrol. The Bus Inspectors trusted Jerry to do only high quality work. They would not pass a bus that wasn't safe and operational. One time they put a sticker on a bus that had the engine out. They knew it would be right before it went on the road. Pity the driver that ever crossed Jerry. They would be driving the worst spare available. The Bus Drivers always knew Jerry had their backs.

Russ Griggs Jan 25 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Jerry,
we have only met once when I as a 16 years old boy came to visit you in the USA with your uncle George. We had a splash in the pond, great memories on the stay at josmas house.

My condoleances to family and friends.

Greetings Bert Vanparys (grandchild of George's and Irene, son of Dorine and Phillip) from Belgium all though I now live in Enkhuizen in the Netherlands

Bert Vanparys Jan 25 2019 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed our times together sharing some stories and having some laughs. Our thoughts and prayers go to all.

Ron and Barb Hassen Jan 25 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Heaven gained another Angel today, Soar High Jerry..

Bonnie & Ron Holdeman Jan 24 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry VandeSande

The mail lady Jan 24 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry VandeSande

Adam Vande Sande Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry VandeSande

Jamie and Pat Navarre Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

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