Gerald "Jerry" Pender

Gerald H. Pender, 80, died at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness.  Jerry is survived by his wife, Jean Pender, whom he loved deeply and always called his bride.  He described their love as “like no other.”  They were together for 41 years.  He is also survived by his four children:  Michelle Teare (Harry), Melissa Scobey (Nancy Rickeard), Jerri Maenpaa (Randy), Donald Pender (Rachel); a sister Susan Cummings, sister-in-laws Linda Stemple, Barb Stemple, Patricia Wozniak; brother-in-law Woodford Stemple Jr. (Charlotte).  He is preceded in death by his parents William and Marion Pender, his stepmother, Avis, his other siblings, his mother and father in law, Woodford and Allie Stemple, and his beloved dog Katie.  Jerry was a veteran and served in the Army for three years.  After leaving the army, he worked in construction before being employed and retiring from SPX Corporation (formerly Copes Vulcan) after 30 years.  During this time, he continued construction on the side.  Jerry loved to travel, take long road trips, spend time outdoors, and work on his “piece of the planet.”  He was a very hardworking, loyal, and generous man.  Jerry had a great sense of humor and loved to “kid around” with everyone, particularly his granddaughter Ella.  He loved unique phrases and never lost his desire to learn new things.  He was always thinking.  He was a self-taught craftsman and loved to build.  He built their family home, garage, and work shop.  He loved to design wood furniture, candle holders, built a pergola with his daughter Melissa and a table with his grandson Cody.  In the last few years, he began repairing antique clocks.  Jerry had high standards and would think until things were exactly right.  Jerry was a lifelong friend to many of his Fairview classmates and neighbors.  His close friends have been an amazing support and his family is truly grateful to them for kindness and readiness to help with any tasks.  He is eternally grateful for the ongoing visits and conversation.  A special thank you to the amazing caregivers and nurses at AseraCare.  Per Jerry’s request, no service will be held as he visited with all the family and friends that he chose to prior to passing.  A private burial will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor him by remembering the good times, help someone else in need, and keep paying it forward as Jerry did.  If one feels compelled to make a donation, Jerry’s charity of choice was Abington Crest (Activity Fund), 1267 South Hill Rd., Erie, PA  16509, where he loved to help others in greater need.  The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


Left by  “Roger and Kris Copeland ” on 03/29/2020

Our deepest sympathies and prayers

Left by  “The Kramers” on 03/29/2020

So very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.

Left by  “Daniel Malena Jr.” on 03/24/2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the the sun shine upon you all.

Left by  “Kiedaischs” on 03/23/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Pender and your family. So sorry to hear about Mr. Pender. Your neighbors, Keith, Angie & Kristen Kiedaisch

Left by  “JoAnn” on 03/22/2020

I will love & remember my big brother forever...

Left by  “Corinne Grider” on 03/22/2020

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

Left by  “Deb McLeod ” on 03/22/2020

Correction: Such a kind, caring , gentle man!!!!!??

Left by  “Fred Ball” on 03/22/2020

Sorry to hear about your loss Jean and family. Prayers.

Left by  “Deb McLeod ” on 03/21/2020

What a kind generous man!
Prayers to you all??????

Left by  “Jerry & Denise Alcorn” on 03/21/2020

Jean and Melissa, our hearts break for you. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

Left by  “Gail & Herb” on 03/21/2020

We will always remember Jerry with a smile. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

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