Gerard J DeVita
Gerard J. DeVita, 64, of Lee’s Summit, passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2014, at KU Medical Center. Gerry was born on Feb. 14, 1950 in Boston, Mass., the first child of William and Rosalie (Gentile) DeVita.
He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1968 and from Providence College in 1972. Gerry married the love of his life, Sigrid Winquist on May 21, 1977. Gerry was employed by The Rival Company for 20 plus years and The Gerson Company for the past 10 years.
Among Gerry’s greatest joys were spending time with family, refereeing roller hockey and Upward basketball games, watching his granddaughters play soccer, tackling do-it-yourself projects around his house or for anyone else who needed help, and you could always find him at the scorer’s table and press box during Lee’s Summit High School basketball and football games.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rosalie (Gentile)DeVita. Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Sigrid DeVita, of the home; sons William DeVita of Kansas City, and Scott DeVita of Merriam, Kan.; daughter Carrie Connatser and her husband Matt of Lee’s Summit; sister Rosemary DeVita of Arlington, Mass.; grandchildren Jessa and Janie Connatser; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in the New England area.
Gerry faced many challenges during his illness – one of which was a second stem cell transplant from his loving sister Rosemary – with incredible courage.
He blessed many people with his fighting spirit and started an annual charity golf tournament to raise funds to fight Mantle Cell Lymphoma. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and doctors in the ICU and the BMT at KU Medical Center for their faithful care of Gerry and his feisty personality.
A visitation was held on Feb. 23 at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Lee’s Summit. A celebration of his life was also held on Feb. 24 at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and burial services followed at the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery, 806 SE Third Street, Lee’s Summit.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Gerry’s memory. Contributions can be sent to KU Endowment in c/o BMT to The University of Kansas Hospital, 2330 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Ste 302, Westwood, KS 66205.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW Third St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, 816-524-3700)