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Jerome "Jerry" Ganzel

March 4, 1934 April 26, 2022
Jerome "Jerry" Ganzel
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Obituary for Jerome "Jerry" Ganzel

Jerome Wesley Ganzel, 88, of Highland Township passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2022, surrounded by loving family. Born in Highland Township on March 4, 1934, Jerry grew up in the area and competed in baseball, football, basketball, and track at Milford High School, where he was also an honor student and president of the student council.

An exceptional athlete, he was starting quarterback and defensive safety at Western Michigan University, where he also played one year of baseball. After college, he met and married the love of his life, Kay Judith Thompson Ganzel, in 1960. Beginning in 1956, he served as a math, science, and gym teacher, as well as a combined 39 years as a baseball and football coach at Milford and Lakeland High Schools. He was inducted into their Halls of Fame, the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He relished coaching and helping players build upon their strengths.

Jerry was known for his positive attitude and ever-present smile. He enjoyed a large group of friends in the area. Most of all, he loved his family, and made countless memories with them at his home on the lake and during yearly trips to Florida. He continued his athleticism playing softball, racquetball and tennis, and golfed avidly with his wife.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Judy; daughters Joy (John) Bisaro and Nancy (Jeff) Edgerly; grandchildren Natalie (Hudson), Chet, Angela (Cassidy), and Joy; great- grandchildren Vivian and Rita; brother Jack and sister Jane. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Kenneth, and sister Joyce.

A private service was held for the family. Memorial donations can be made to Community Sharing Outreach Center:

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Community Sharing

P.O. Box 405
Highland, MI 48357

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