Gerald P. Rettger
February 19, 1941 - July 31, 2011



Gerald P. Rettger, age 70, of North East, died on Sunday July 31, 2011 at Pleasant Ridge Manor East. He was born on February 19, 1941 in Erie, Pa. to the late Joseph H. and Audrey Klakamp Rettger. Gerald graduated Academy High School and operated a surveying business in North East for several years.

He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of St. Gregory Church where he was an usher. Gerald was also a member of the Gem City Gun Club, served as past president of the North East Chamber of Commerce, and currently resided on the North East Water Authority Board. He enjoyed hunting and gun collecting.

Gerald will be sadly missed by his wife of 42 years Marilyn Sontag Rettger whom he married May 10, 1969; daughters, Sharon Zuccolotto (Andrew) of North East and Gail Meeker (Michael) of Sanger, Texas; a son, Paul Rettger (Cristal) of Monessen, Pa.; a brother, Tom Rettger (Terry) of Union City; sisters, Judith Spaeder (Gerald) of Erie, Diane Rettger of Newton, Mass., Rev. Jane Renwick of Garland, Pa., Mary Kula (Robert) of Waterford, Rev. Barbara English (Richard) of Girard, Janet Kovacs (John) of Erie; grandchildren, Craig, Erica and Kevin Zuccolotto, Alton and Austin Meeker and Koa Rettger; also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gerald is laid to rest at St. Gregory Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Alzheimer's Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1128 State Street #301, Erie, PA 16501-1920.

Found this song was number one the day that Marilyn and Gerald were married. I feel its appropriate for here.  Don't Let Me Down
My prayers go out to his family. As they prepare for his funeral and saying their goodbyes, I prepare a place for Gerry here at Life Ever After.
 Maggie Harrison

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February 19, 2015

July 31, 2014

Three years today you left this Earth.  Your family thinks of you often.



Feb. 19, 2014

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July 31, 2013

On the second anniversary of your passing I thought this poem says what your family feels.

I am sure they are missing you today as every day,.

June 16th
Wishing you a

from all of us


June 17th



April 8, 2012
Happy Easter

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Remember our loved ones this year.


August 05, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I was lucky to have known him - it was always good to see him when he'd come into the shop, always smiling! He will be deeply missed by all.
PRINTS & MORE by Holly,
Holly Schaaf

August 04, 2011
Rettger Family,
I am sorry to read about Gerry's passing. I remember when he was the driver for our many field trips. I always enjoyed our conversations about the kids, school, and 'stuff'. Gerry enjoyed being part of the fun with the kids!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Deby Wright, North East, Pennsylvania

August 03, 2011
Dear Marilyn and Family,

I just heard the sad news from the ladies at the "Y" swim class. I am so sorry for your loss. May Gerald RIP.
Patty Tomczak, Union City, Pennsylvania

August 03, 2011
Marilyn and family,
I am so sorry hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Jeanne Moss, Erie, Pennsylvania

August 03, 2011
Marilyn and family-
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Gerry was a wonderful person and we will miss seeing him at St. Greg's. You and your entire family are in our prayers!
Tim, Maricarol & Frances Schoenfeldt North East, Pennsylvania

August 03, 2011
Shirley Parker and I want to express our sympathy to you and your families.
Bev Ferrick, McKean PA

August 02, 2011
Marilyn, Sharon, Gail, Paul and all of your family, We send love to you today and want you to know that Gerry left a great legacy in this community because he made children laugh. The N. E. Community Fair will always be grateful for his spirit of fun and his great volunteerism. We will miss him.
Jane and Rodney Blystone

August 02, 2011
Judy, I'm so sorry to see that 'Pete' is gone too soon.
From the obit, it looks as if this is the first of your remarkable family to pass on.
Love to you and all the sisters and brother Tom.
Linda Owens
Boston, MA

August 02, 2011
Marilyn and family- You're in our prayers.
Jean and Jeff Vickey

August 02, 2011
Sharon and family,
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today. Let us know if we can do anything.
Darla & Gerry Harris, North East, Pa

August 02, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sue Hassett, Erie, Pennsylvania

 August 02, 2011
Gail my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. God bless.
Melanie Crowther, Grove City, Ohio

August 02, 2011
In sympathy for your loss. Many memories of happier moments bring smiles.
Academy HS alum
Irene Stankiewicz Matz, Cypress, California

August 02, 2011
Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you throughout this difficult time
Toni Barbich, Erie, Pennsylvania

August 02, 2011
My sympathy to the family, we were Academy classmates. He was full of fun in homeroom.
Mike Reigel, Concord, North Carolina


We are so sorry to hear about your loss - he was such a cheerful person - I don't remember a time that he did not have a smile on his face. Our prayer and thoughts are with you and your family - God Bless You
Sue Papesch and Joe Allessie
Sue Papesch, North East, Pennsylvania

August 02, 2011
You’re in our thoughts and prayers, may memories bring you peace.
Brian and Deanna Coburn, North East, Pennsylvania

August 02, 2011
my condolence in your time of loss.
eric barnum, perry, Georgia
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