March 13, 1924 – December 4, 2015
Jerome "Jerry" Ziering, beloved husband, father, (great)grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, died Friday, December 4 at his home in Westport, Connecticut, surrounded by his three children. He was 91.
Born on March 13, 1924 in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, to the late Joseph Ziering and Anna Becker Ziering, he and his four siblings were raised in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated Westside High School, and then attended Weequaic High School (both in Newark) for five months, solely to study music and trumpet.
He attended New York University, where he was honored as one of the only sophomores admitted to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the world’s oldest and largest secret national music fraternal society. Jerry completed his pre-Med college studies with High Honors at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, and was accepted into The Chicago Medical School’s inaugural class. He holds two Master’s Degrees (Seton Hall University, Rutgers University), and was one dissertation shy of his Doctorate in Education.
In February 1942, Jerry enlisted in the United States Army (Corporal, Army Air Corp). While at Kearns Army Base, Utah, Milton Berle’s agent heard him play trumpet, and invited him to join the Army Show “WACARAVAN.” He traveled the United States as WACARAVAN’s trumpet soloist, entertained troops, recruited WACs and sold war bonds.
An outstanding all-around trumpet player, singer and Master of Ceremonies, Jerry formed both the Paul Manning Orchestra, and the Jerry Ziering Orchestra, and both bands later included his son Peter on drums. Both were very successful on “Jewish hotel circuit” and New York/New Jersey events of all types. Jerry was also the first music mentor/teacher of Woody Shaw, a virtuoso trumpeter and jazz innovator. They shared a lifelong friendship.
In addition to music, Jerry was a respected and beloved educator and administrator for almost 35 years, both in the Newark, and West Orange, New Jersey Public Schools. In 1987, he retired as Assistant Principal.
Predeceased in April 2015 by Sondra “Sandy” Nudelman Ziering, his cherished wife of 58+ years, they raised their three children and lived in West Orange, New Jersey for over 50 years, before moving to Westport, Connecticut.
He was an active member and Shofar blower of Temple Emanu-El, Livingston New Jersey, tireless UJA fundraiser, and proud member of Temple Israel, and Y’s Men (both of Westport). For eight years, he served as an elected West Orange County Committeeman. He and his late wife relished time at the Westport Senior Center and were "Lifelong Learners" at Norwalk (Connecticut) Community College.
In addition to his late wife Sandy, survivors include son Peter, son Dr. Thomas "Tom" (Alex Wieselman), daughter Allison (Michael Walmark), grandchildren Ethan and Eliza Walmark, Cody Ziering, Jarett Wieselman, Cali DeCaro (Anthony), great-granddaughter Hayden, and numerous (grand)nieces and (grand)nephews. Jerry’s entire life revolved around his family.
Services will be held on Monday, December 7, 11:00 AM, at the Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, New Jersey. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, 189 Gill Lane, Iselin, New Jersey. The family will receive visitors on Monday afternoon post-burial – 8:00 PM at the home of Tom Ziering and Alex Wieselman, 55 Ridgewood Drive, Randolph, New Jersey. Tuesday, December 8 visitors will be received from 12 Noon – 8:00 PM at the home of Peter Ziering, 1102 Schindler Drive, Florham Park, New Jersey. On Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10 visitors will be received from 12 Noon - 8:00 PM, and Friday, December 11 from Noon – 5:00 PM at the home of Michael and Allison Ziering Walmark, 13 Rockyfield Road, Westport, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to:
Fairfield Theatre Company c/o The Jerry Ziering Music Scholarship Fund (please specify) 70 Sanford Street Fairfield, CT 06824
Westport Senior Center 21 Imperial Avenue Westport, CT 06880
- Funeral Service Monday, December 7, 2015
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December 11, 2015
Sincere condolences goes out to the Ziering family for your sad loss. May GOD be with the family as you mourn.
December 9, 2015
Growing up across the street from the Zierings, there are many fond memories of Jerry and Sandy etched into our mutual history. During this time of reflection, we honor and respect Jerry's numerous accomplishments, charitable deeds, kindness, and wonderful family.
December 9, 2015
Dear Allison, Tom and Peter, Even after 13 years in Florida, I am still reading the Star Ledger and was very saddened to learn about the pasing of your parents. For all of the Miller Family we send our sincerest condolences on your loss of two wonderful parents. We have many wonderful memories from Newark, West Orange, Temple Emanu-El and Doughters of Israel, where Jerry brought his wonderful music and sense of humor to enterttain the residents and always had a special hello to my mother Sari, who was there 13 years. Sincerely, Charles and Elaine Miller.
December 7, 2015
Dear Peter & Family,
I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I also did not realize you lost your mom earlier this year. Please know that I am thinking of you. I do remember my dad talking about your dad many years ago.
December 6, 2015
I was a student of Mr. Ziering at Cleveland Jr. High School & West Kinney Jr. High School. Myself and another girl played clarinet in the school band he organized. Woody Shaw also played in the band with us. At that time girls only played in the orchestra, but Mr. Ziering allowed us to participate in the band. He was a wonderful teacher instructor, and friend, a caring person always encouraging. I truly enjoyed my years playing in the band,being his student . He will always be remembered by me as my favorite teacher. I am happy to know that he and Woody stayed in touch, two wonderful musicians.
Pamella (Muller) Schwierk Student of Mr. Ziering
December 5, 2015
I knew Jerry when my children attended Roosevelt Junior High. He was a fine, wonderful, supportive man.