Gerald C. "Jerry" Nagel
Gerald C. "Jerry" Nagel, 81, of Hickory Street, Johnsonburg, died Friday, May 6, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness. He was born July 17, 1929 in Philadelphia, son of the late Max and Fannie (Goldstein) Nagel. On Oct. 10, 1992, he married Judith Ann Akers, who survives. He lived most of his life in Philadelphia and lived in Johnsonburg since 1990. He was a graduate of Northeast High School of Philadelphia and received his Associate of Health Management degree from Temple University of Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and was involved in the invasion of Seoul and served as an interpreter in Germany. He worked many years as a semi-pro umpire in Philadelphia. Most recently, he worked at Kwik Fill of Johnsonburg from 1999 to 2008. He was Jewish by faith. He was a sportswriter for the Ridgway Record for 11 years, administrator of the Kane Moose Lodge for three years, and a member of the American Legion, Johnsonburg VFW and Loyal Order of Moose of Kane. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Dr. Samuel Tilonsky of Cherry Hill, N.J. and Faith Horne of Philadelphia; three stepchildren, David Rhines of Johnsonburg, Mark Rhines Sr. of Rasselas and Susan Potts of Ridgway; a sister, Shelia Luboff of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren, Avi Narrow-Tilonsky, Mark Rhines Jr., Joshua Horne, Tiffany Nelson, Dakota Potts, Ari Horne, Rachael Horne, Miriam Narrow-Tilonsky, Jason Nelson and Eric Nelson; and four great-grandchildren, Damion Michael Nelson, Eli Potts, Graceland Potts and Emily Grace Rhines. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Nagel.Private funeral services were held by the family.Interment will be in Thayer Memorial Cemetery in Ridgway.There was no visitation.The family suggests that memorials, if desired, be made to the Johnsonburg Area School District Athletic Department, C/O Jill Casilio.