Gerald Rudolph Carpenter

November 6, 1927January 21, 2013

Gerald R. Carpenter, age 85, of Bel Air, MD passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on January 21, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Donohoe) Carpenter for more than 60 years. He is also survived by his daughter Mary Ellen Kelly and her husband Dave Kelly, his daughter Susan Kraft and her husband William Kraft, his son Michael Carpenter and by his grandchildren: Brian Kelly and his wife Robin Kelly, Ellen Kelly, Will Kraft, Charles Kraft, Zachary Carpenter and Madison Carpenter; and his 2 great grandchildren Hope and Andrew Kelly.

He was born in Edgerton, Ohio, grew up in Buffalo, New York and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated with a degree in Business from the University of Maryland. He worked for Bethlehem Steel and in the aluminum casting business.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc., 610 W. MacPhail Road,(at Route 24) on Wednesday, January 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Margaret's Church on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air, MD on Thursday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homecoming Project, Inc. at 502 S. Tollgate Road, Bel Air, MD 21014.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Meredeth Miller

February 16, 2014

Helen and family, I knew Gerald through working with Homecoming Project. He was a wonderful man with a beautiful soul. He will be greatly missed. I am praying for you and your family and I send you my deepest sympathy.

Jane Dean

January 27, 2013

Helen, Mary Ellen and Family, Brian and Robin,
I was blessed to know Jerry through his children and grandchildren. His smile was contagious and his personality just a positive beacon any day I was lucky enough to see him. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray your memories of Jerry's goodness, faith, and love of life will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Jerry was just an awesome guy!

In sympathy,
Jane Dean

Marilyn Rauser

January 25, 2013

Dear Helen,
It has been a blessing and joy knowing Gerry these past few years. I have had the privledge of working with Gerry through Homecoming Project. Gerry was one of the most friendly and caring men I knew. He always made you feel special. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

January 24, 2013

Uncle Gerry was a great role model. I was inspired by his drive and determination. He always took took to connect on a deeper level and I will miss his wisdom.

Tim Cusick

Karen Sugden

January 24, 2013

Dear Helen and you wounderful family: It has been a priveledge and blessing to know you and Jerry. Jerry was warm,,kind,gracious and funny. When he greeted you, he made you feel so special.Please know that I am here for you and always will be. He is with the angels. Blessings and prayers, Karen

Donna Lipin

January 24, 2013

Ellen, my thoughts and prayers are with you & your family, so sorry for your loss.

January 24, 2013

Dear Helen, You and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Monica and Mike Beczkowski Bel Air, MD.

January 24, 2013

Dear Helen, You and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Monica and Mike Beczkowski(Bel Air, MD.

January 23, 2013

We are so sorry for your great loss, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We hope and pray that your family can be comforted by the beautiful memories you have. Our deepest sympathy, Mendy and Allison Welis

Flora Stump

January 23, 2013

To Mrs. Carpenter, MaryEllen,Susan, and Michael, and Families, I am so sorry for your loss of Husband,Father and Grandfather. It has been a very long time since I have seen you, so many prayers for Mr. Carpenter and all the Family. May you Rest in Peace Mr. Carpenter!
Flora Stump(Fort Dodge,IA, formerly Jacksonville,Florida)