Gerald 'Jerry' Rooni

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2006 11:49:02 AM Central Time
Ironwood Daily Globe

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gerald "Jerry" Rooni, 70, of Sandene Road in Ironwood Township, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, in Ironwood.

He was born Feb. 11, 1935 in north Bessemer, son of the late Waino and Ethel (Lahti) Rooni. Jerry attended Roosevelt School and Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood.

He was employed at a local concrete company and for various logging companies.

From Sept. 16, 1954, until Aug. 24, 1956, he served in the U.S. Army. After, he worked at the Penokee Mine until 1961. He then owned and operated Gerald Rooni Logging and Bulldozing until retiring in 1992.

Jerry enjoyed fishing on the "Widow-maker," which he docked at Black River Harbor. He also enjoyed hunting, ham radio and playing blackjack at the casino.

On June 15, 1957, he married the former Kathleen DeFerro in Pine City, Minn. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Michael, Bessemer, and Mitchell, Iron River, Wis.; a daughter, Marcy (Robert) Koivisto, Bessemer; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Troy, Jacob, Natalie, Peter, Catherine and Marissa; his mother-in-law, Enrica DeFerro, Hurley, Wis.; an aunt, Elma Hyvonen and family; an uncle, John Lahti and family; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Dennis and Mary Ann Blomberg, Hurley, and John and Gail DeFerro, Hurley; and a very dear friend, Mary Cline.

Our time to say goodbye had come

Though we wanted you to stay

Your struggles here on Earth are done

Such strength you showed that day

Memories are what we now will share

And those we have are many

It eases us to know you're in God's care

We know he doesn't take just any

Toss a ball for Rascal Dad and

Thank you for the SISU

We love you!

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael William, in infancy.

A graveside service will be held at Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township, in the spring of 2006, with Pastor Steve Hyvonen officiating.

Range Funeral Service Inc., Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home of Bessemer, is in charge of arrangements.