Sunday, February 28, 2016

Gerald Zeller Passes Away

    Gerard A. "Jerry" Zeller, 75, of Davidsonville, MD, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2016.     Born on January 6, 1941 in Baltimore to the late John and Marie Zeller, Jerry graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School in Highlandtown and Mount Saint Joseph High School in Catonsville. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jerry enjoyed a career of varied positions in the private sector and Federal Government, including Vice President of the CopyComposer Corporation during which time he was awarded a U.S. patent as a co-inventor of the CopyComposer computer, a forerunner of today's PC microcomputers. He finished his career at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
    Throughout his career, he was often sought to be a guest speaker and panel member at Information Systems symposia. Jerry was active in the Optimists International organization in the Ellicott City and Pasadena areas. He was a member of the Pasadena Optimist Club and charter member of the Ilchester Optimist Club. While living in Davidsonville, Jerry was active at Holy Family Catholic Church and served on the parish's Building and Finance Committees. He enjoyed videography and filmed many lacrosse and football games for the Davidsonville Athletic Association and St. Mary's High School. Jerry would produce season highlight films, adding musical sound tracks, and distribute copies to participating athletes and their families.
      Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Elizabeth "Bonnie" Zeller, who died in 2010, and a brother, James Zeller. He is survived by three children, Kimberlee (Brent) Shaw of Annapolis, Karen (Robert) Crosby of Bowie and Mark Zeller of Parkville; five grandchildren, Rebecca and Connor Shaw, Abigail and Benjamin Crosby and Luke Zeller; and one brother, Jack (Diane) Zeller of Manchester.
     Friends are invited to celebrate Jerry's life with his family from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122.

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