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Gerald "Jerry" B. Cusack

February 19, 1932 May 13, 2017
Gerald "Jerry" B. Cusack
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Peoria- Gerald B. “Jerry” Cusack, 85, of Peoria, went to be with his beloved wife on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Gerald was born February 19, 1932 in Peoria to Dr. Patrick A. and Vera Marie Leary Cusack. He was the devoted husband of the late Janet M. (Bulger) Cusack who passed away on January 13, 2013 in Peoria.

One brother, Patrick A. Cusack Jr., and an infant daughter, Colleen Marie Cusack also preceded him in death.

He is survived by five children, Beth (Dave) Stevens of Florida, and her children, Cristin (Jeff) Fesler, Dan, and Caileigh ; Kathleen (Dominic) Visione of Illinois, and her children, Brian (Valerie), Bruno and Sonny ; Karen (Randy) Warner of Colorado, and her children, Grant (Jenna), Kyle (Sarah), Colin, and Mollyanna ; Kevin (Lori) Cusack of Illinois, and his children, Jennifer, Kaitlyn (Scott) Schmidt, and John; Tim (Anne) of Peoria, and his children, Carly, Hannah, Luke, Alison, Chloe, Jake, and Lucy . He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Graham Koenig and Finn Koenig, Andie Koenig, Nolan Koenig and Charlotte Schmidt. Also surviving are his siblings, Dolores M. (Ed) Murphy; Dr. James (Maureen) Cusack, Susanne C. (Joseph) Nelson-Helms, Dr. Thomas (Dr. Sara) Cusack Dr. Michael L. Cusack, John K. “Jack” (Kathleen) Cusack, Robert A. (Lula) Cusack, Dr. William (Kim) Cusack , and Daniel P. Cusack.

Jerry lived a life that most people dreamed about. He was born and raised in Peoria as one of eleven children. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet on October 3, 1953. They raised five children together in their hometown.

After working for Peoria Motors and Parke Davis, Jerry founded Midmark Medical in 1974, where he continued to work until his death. This career allowed him the ability to travel throughout the country. It was during this time that Jerry perfected his knack for combining business with pleasure. He made friends all over and could spend hours talking about the places he had been and the things he had seen.

He was a founding member of The Cosmopolitan Club in Peoria.

He had a number of interests, which included fishing, cooking, painting, and flying. But Jerry’s deepest love was for his wife Janet.

Jerry was a loving and dedicated brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His sense of humor and ability to make people laugh was unmatched. He will be greatly missed by those he left behind, but he will be in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Dad, we are comforted knowing that you are with mom.

A Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena Catholic Church, with Fr. David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 17 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary from 5 to 8 p.m.

Further visitation will be thirty minutes prior to the mass on Thursday.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Dept. of Nursing at Bradley University, 1501 W. Bradley Ave. Peoria, Il. 61625

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5:00 PM 5/17/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/17/2017 8:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Further visitation 30 minutes prior to the mass on Thursday

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 5/18/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Dept. of Nursing at Bradley University

1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625

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