OBITUARY

Jerry Campisi

June 28, 1926October 3, 2021
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Joseph (Jerry) G Campisi, age 95 passed away October 3, 2021 in Santa Clara, CA. He was a native Californian born in San Jose, CA. Jerry was part of the Greatest Generation that went through the Great Depression and served in the Army during World War II in the Asian Theater. He grew up in San Jose and graduated San Jose High School. He retired after working 30 years at the San Jose Water Company in San Jose, California. Jerry had a creative side which he used in drafting, estimating, designing cabinetry, and drawing cartoons in his younger days, he played a skillful table tennis game with friends and family. He enjoyed memberships in the Italian and square-dancing clubs. Jerry was a member of Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church for 62 years and also served as an usher and in the church men’s club in his younger years.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Shirley (Rose) Campisi, his daughter, Judith Hardin (Tony), his sons Gerald Campisi, Daniel (Andrea) Campisi, Lawrence (Debbie) Campisi and Steven (Maryann) Campisi. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mae Campisi, his siblings Benjamin (Glenna) Campisi, Virginia Campisi, Rose Campisi and Marie (Stuart) Higgins.

Jerry’s favorite thing was having all his family visiting and sharing time with him at home.

Visitation Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 North Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Rosary Service Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM, at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary 466 North Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Funeral Mass Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, 1971 St. Lawrence Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051.

Committal Service and Final Salute with Military Honors Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson Association of Northern California.

Services

18 October

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

Saint Lawrence the Martyr Church

1971 St. Lawrence Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95051

18 October

Committal Service

11:30 am

Santa Clara Mission Cemetery

490 Lincoln St
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Jeannette Sandberg

October 18, 2021

My friendship with Jerry has been through my dear friend since fourth grade, his wife Shirley. We each met our “high school sweethearts” in 1949 when Shirley was 16 and I 15 and I definitely wasn’t supposed to have a boyfriend at my age. My relationship with Ray Galantine was somewhat clandestine, therefore I can’t say that we double dated with Shirley and Jerry. I did get to know Jerry little by little as the years passed and knew what a loving and supportive husband he was. After my parents needed to face the fact that I had a boyfriend, and they met Jerry, my mother wanted to know why I as well as Shirley couldn’t come up with a boyfriend with a good job, a nice new Mercury and good looking too. As it developed, Ray was a great husband, father and grandfather too, but sadly lived thirty fewer years than Jerry did. God rest both of their souls.

Andrea Campisi

October 11, 2021

I met Jerry as a young 21 year old girl who was his son Dans, girlfriend. Immediately we took a liking to one another. Dan and I got married a couple of years later and a 40 year relationship ensued. Jerry was always kind and sweet to me and made me feel like a part of the family very quickly. I called him Dad and felt toward him like a second father. Every time I saw him, up to the very last visit he always said “hey sassy” to me with a big smile on his face. I will always have a special place in my heart for the man that raised a son who turned out to be a great man, loving husband and doting grandfather. He modeled what a 70 year relationship could look like. You will be missed dad, but never forgotten. May your memory be always a blessing.
Much love,
Andrea (Sassy)

Marilyn Lancaster

October 6, 2021

Jerry not my brother-in-law because he was my sister's husband but truly my brother since I have known him since I was four years old. He was always there for me through good times and sad times. He loved his family and his Lord. He was a veteran of WWII not many of them left. He and Shirley showed us how to love each and be there for each other during their 70 years of marriage. Always greeting you with a smile and saying to me Marilyn, honey how are you and always he made me know I was loved. Thank you for being an important part of my life. You are now in heaven happy and smiling.

Jerry Jr. Campisi

October 5, 2021

My grandfather Jerry was the greatest grandpa ever. He went to every play I was in from day one, and always had a smile on his face. He always asked me about my acting over the years, and about Lizel, the love of my life . He always cared and made sure to ask about everything whenever we saw each other. He cared, he loved me, he supported me. My memories as a kid, Growing up with him, every thanksgiving. Easter, Christmas, every holiday we spent together, was always positive, warm, comforting. He was the Italian grandfather I always wanted (; . He is strong and survived so much in his lifetime- from fighting in war on the frontline, to having to deal with all of us in his family. He truly has done so much with his life, and that is remarkable.

I will miss him, but I’m also happy he is in a better place, free to run, jump, and do all the backflips he desires. He’s with God, and I’m happy about that.

I love you Grandpa. Thank you for supporting me and loving me unconditionally . I love you forever and ever.

-Jerry Joseph Jr.
(Forever your JJ)
Xoxo

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Papa/pop-pop with Athena and Kyra

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Papa/Pop-pop, Grammie, & Kyra

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Papa & Madi

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Papa & Clay

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House of Genji, family new year celebration

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Papa/pop-pop with Athena and Kyra

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Papa/Pop-pop, Grammie, & Kyra

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Papa & Madi

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Papa & Clay

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Papa/pop-pop & Kyra

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House of Genji, family new year celebration

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Visiting Papa/pop-pop

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Papa/pop-pop & Grammie hold newborn baby Sylvia Hardin

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Papa/pop-pop with newborn baby Sylvia Hardin

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Dad and Mom renewing vows