Gerald Edwin “Jerry” LaPlante, age 80, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 16, 2020. He was born on December 30, 1939 in Toledo, OH to Louis and Sarah (Parker) LaPlante. A graduate of Waite High School, Jerry served in the US Navy from 1958-1960. He began his career with the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department in 1963 and retired as a Lieutenant in 1992. He also worked with his brother at Marleau-Hercules Fence Co. Jerry was a skilled handyman who could accomplish any job he put his mind to. He enjoyed gathering with family and friends and was a member of the Toledo Buckeye Chapter. He was a former parishioner of St. Clement Catholic Church.
Jerry was one of seventeen siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arthur, Joseph, Louis, Francis, Thomas, Henry, and George LaPlante; sisters, Catherine Lenz, Louise Halas, Clara Wise, Rita Bielawski, Sarah Lozinski, Eva Huntzinger, and Laura Poiry; and former wife, Colleen Horrigan (married July 1965). He is survived by his children, Patrick LaPlante (Lisa Cruz), Sean LaPlante (Becky Hussing), and Lisa (Tim) Krasniewski; grandchildren, Phillip, Robert, and Megan LaPlante, Andy and Molly Krasniewski; loving companion, Judith Bannister; brother, James LaPlante; sister, Helen Yglesias; former daughters-in-law, Kristie LaPlante and Beth Cherry; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 22 from 2-6 p.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd. Funeral services will begin Monday at 10:15 a.m. in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 11 a.m. The VFW 606 Burial Corps will conclude with Military Honors in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial tributes may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Toledo Firefighters Museum.
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