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Gerard Thomas "Jerry" Petro, 67, of New Castle passed away on April 26, 2017, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Born on Feb. 1, 1950, in New Castle, he was the son of the late John and Katherine M. Chirozzi Petro.
Jerry was a 1968 graduate of New Castle High School. He was a member of the New Castle Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Jerry enjoyed drag racing and won over 20 races. He was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan, and he enjoyed being outside and mowing the lawn. Jerry loved going on trips to Gettysburg as well as other Petro tours. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, his cat and loyal companion, Nay Nay, and always enjoyed having a big slice of cherry pie.
Jerry is survived by his sons, Robert G. Petro and wife Sylvia of New Castle and Justin T. Petro and wife Deborah of Hickory Township, Pa.; brother, John C. Petro and wife Ellie of New Wilmington; mother of his children and dear friend, Kay Bannen of Hickory Township, Pa.; grandchildren, Taylor Christine and Brandon Stephen; niece, Amber Carrier and her husband David and their children Addy and Evan; niece, Le Ann Petro; and uncle, Charles Chirozzi; as well as many close friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road. Services will be conducted Sunday at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Mr. Gilbert Parshall.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry's honor to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the ASPCA.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on April 27, 2017
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