Putnam – Gerald G. St. Jean, 85, formerly of Putnam, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Lanessa Extended Care, Webster, MA surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of the late Claire (Bessette) St. Jean. Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Evelyn (St. Godard) St. Jean.
Mr. St. Jean was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War Era. He worked as a typesetter for the Windham County Observer and the Putnam Patriot. He also worked for Loos & Company and Chase Graphics.
He enjoyed woodworking, sports, being outdoors and was very proud of his Indian heritage.
Gerald founded and coached the St. Mary’s Football Team for 10 years. He and his wife Claire founded Sport Light magazine, which covered local sports news. Gerald also wrote “The Saint Sez” in the Putnam Town Crier.
Gerald is survived by his son, Kevin (Nancy) St. Jean of Brooklyn, Timothy (Victoria) St. Jean of Putnam, and James (Debra) St. Jean of East Killingly; his daughter Laurie (Michael) Sevigny of Riverside, RI; his grandchildren, Sadie, Andrew, Seth, Nicholas, Jillian, Krista and Sarah; his great granddaughter Ella; his brother, Russell St. Jean of Putnam; and his sister, Anne Marie St. Jean of Putnam. He is predeceased by his brothers, the late Edmond “Tonto” and Francis “Pug” St. Jean.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Gerald’s family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 25, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 9:00 am on Friday, September 26, 2014 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Day Kimball Homemakers and/or the Deary Memorial Cancer Fund, both at P.O. Box 632 Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.