Official Obituary of

Gerald F Jankowski

May 24, 1941 ~ August 3, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Gerald Jankowski Obituary

Gerald F. Jankowski, age 82, passed away peacefully at home on August 3, 2023. Gerald was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 24, 1941 to Frank and Alice Jankowski. Gerald (Jerry) was married to his best friend Geraldine (Gigi) and celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 18, 2023. Together they had two daughters, Jackie McCluskey (Tim) and Jill Makee (Jim) and 4 grandchildren who were his pride and joy-Kaitlin Flitt (Jonathan), Lilly Hartman (Daniel), Morgan McCluskey (Harry Hawkes) and Jack Makee (Jessica Stefancin). He is also survived by his brother Richard Jaye (Joan) and countless family and friends. Jerry worked as a police officer and detective for the city of Shaker Heights for over 25 years. Upon his retirement, he joined University Hospitals as a lead investigator. He was later called back to Shaker Heights as a Crime Prevention Officer. Jerry loved talking about his days in the bureau and all of the cases he solved with anyone who would listen. He was his family’s greatest cheerleader, attending all of their sports events and work functions. He looked forward to his weekly Facetime calls and visits with his grandchildren and loved hearing about all of their adventures.  He enjoyed attending live musical outdoor concerts with Gigi in the summer and looked forward to his daily workouts at the gym. He will be remembered most for his captivating presence when he entered a room and his ability to engage in a smile or conversation with anyone he met. Family and friends were MOST important in Jerry’s life.  A memorial mass and celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143 on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 AM at church. A private interment will be held at All Souls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerald’s name to The Gathering Place, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH 44122 or online at

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August 12, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Paschal Baylon Church

Memorial Mass
August 12, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Paschal Baylon Church


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