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In Memory of

Jerome W. Ciarrocchi

August 3, 1921 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Deacon Jerome Ciarrocchi went to his heavenly reward to be with the Lord, joining his beloved wife Maura, at the age of 95 on November 23, 2016.
For 31 years Deacon Jerome Ciarrocchi ministered at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, sharing remarkable gifts of discernment and patience as a family and marriage counselor. He reluctantly retired at age 80 to continue his battle with Parkinson's disease. He served with each of the six pastors since the parish was founded, including Fr. John Makothakat, one of his closest friends. In 1971 he was among the...

Deacon Jerome Ciarrocchi went to his heavenly reward to be with the Lord, joining his beloved wife Maura, at the age of 95 on November 23, 2016.
For 31 years Deacon Jerome Ciarrocchi ministered at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, sharing remarkable gifts of discernment and patience as a family and marriage counselor. He reluctantly retired at age 80 to continue his battle with Parkinson's disease. He served with each of the six pastors since the parish was founded, including Fr. John Makothakat, one of his closest friends. In 1971 he was among the first group of men ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Among the highlights and accomplishments of his 95 years of life, the diaconate was the role that defined Deacon Jerry's life and the one which he found most fulfilling. While ministering at his own parish, he also shared his professional services for ten years at St. Mark the Evangelist and St. Helena parishes. For many years he also taught the counseling course in the diaconate program for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

A child of the Depression Era, Deacon Jerry (birth name Gelmino) was the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Fairbanks, Pennsylvania, growing up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His life's journey included five years as a novice in the Franciscan Capuchin Order in Beacon, New York, helping to run his parents clothing factory, Ciarrocchi Manufacturing Company, and attending Penn State University. He studied art while working in New York City and also studied portraiture at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit before opening a book store, where he also ran a children's art center, in his home town. Taking great pride in his Italian heritage, he and his brother Emilio II (died in 2000) both spoke fluent Italian and on numerous occasions visited the Marche and Campagna regions of Italy where his parents came from. Deacon Jerry and his beloved wife of 52 years, Maura (died 2016), were married in Uniontown in 1963 and in 1964 came to San Antonio where they were among the founding members of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish.

Deacon Jerry's first teaching position in San Antonio was at St. Pius X Elementary School. For twelve years he taught Religious Education at St. Thomas More School where his three children, Catherine, Regina and David attended. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a second Masters in Theology from Oblate School of Theology. His career in teaching and as an Educational Diagnostician at North East Independent School District spanned 30 years. Through the years he completed a series of contemplative oil paintings with a Holy Spirit theme.

He is survived by his three children, Catherine Ann of San Antonio, Maria Regina and her husband Randall William of Indianapolis, and David Jerome and his wife Madelane of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Tristan David and Julia Jaiden Ciarrocchi, Emily Regina and Claire Maria Boon; as well as many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ciarrocchi School Fund at St. Thomas More Catholic School, 4411 Moana Drive, San Antonio, TX 78218.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6pm-9pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:00pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4411 Moana Dr. San Antonio, TX 78218. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00am also at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.