Gerald Zitser

Gerald (Jerry) Zitser of Boynton Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away at his home on Thursday.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Sylvia Lichter Zitser, and his parents, Goldye and Herman (Harry) Zitser. A long-time native of New Haven and member of The Masonic Society, he is survived by his three children, Barry Zitser and his wife Sharon Heyman of Bloomfield, CT, Harriett Blakeslee and her husband Jon of Stuart, FL, and Suzanne Zitser of Pawcatuck, CT; his special grandchild Sara Blakeslee, his brother-in-law Dr. Harvey Lichter of Orange, CT; many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and his many friends.  After graduating from James Hillhouse High School in 1944, he served in the Navy during World War II, went on to college, had a successful career in the furniture business, and throughout his life pursued his great joy, playing the saxophone in big bands often arranged by his special friend Arnold Most.


            Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 11 A.M. at the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, with internment services to follow in the Adas Israel section of  Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Avenue in New Haven.  His family will receive relatives and friends at Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, C/O Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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  1. Carol Graf Haslam said,

    07.01.12 at 11:31 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Jerry left his mark on the people who knew him. Always one for a good joke and a happy smile. Time to celebrate his life and all his accomplishments . He put up a good fight , now he is at peace.
    Love and blessings
    Carol and Neal

  2. Sandy Miller Balayan said,

    07.01.12 at 2:06 pm

    My thoughts are with the Zitser family at this time. I will never forget Jerry and the very special place he held in my dad Moe’s heart. We’ve lost another great guy. Love to you all. Sandy

  3. Harriet Most Yelon said,

    07.01.12 at 8:00 pm

    All of the Most family has lost a wonderful friend. Jerry always had a joke or funny story to tell when we were visiting in Florida. When my dad was in the hospital he picked me up at the airport, took me to lunch, gave me advice and was always there when we needed him. Jerry was a continuing friend to my dad (Arnold Most) through good and bad times. They were like Felix & Oscar from the Odd Couple. They could be mad and glad in the same day! We always laughed about the possibility of both of them living together after their spouses had passed. Our thoughts are with the Zitser family: Harriett, Jon, Sarah, Barry & Suzy. He put a smile on our faces every time we saw him. My dad hasn’t stopped telling “Jerry” stories.

  4. Gloria Rosner said,

    07.02.12 at 3:22 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful ,funny friend.

  5. Alberta Davis said,

    07.02.12 at 4:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father, grandfather and friend. Jerry, Sylvia and I maintained a phone friendship for years. They were wonderful people to talk with and I will always cherish them in my heart.

  6. Susan Borger said,

    07.03.12 at 1:40 pm

    Suzie and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing…my thoughts are with you.


  7. Debbie Barnett said,

    07.03.12 at 7:40 pm

    So sad to lose a loved one so unexpectedly…everyone that met Uncle Jerry adored him…his great sense of humor, his love and knowledge of music, and blowing on that sax are just a few of the things that made him so special. You will be missed by so many!

  8. Lindy Lee Gold said,

    07.05.12 at 4:09 pm

    My deepest sympathy to lovely friends and great former neighbors.
    Jerry was a gift to our community.

  9. Ellen Krosnick Abraman said,

    07.12.12 at 3:53 am

    Memories of childhood and Gerry’s wonderful sense of humor while living across from one another always brought briught a smile and warmth.

    With my thoughts and sympathy,

  10. Gale Smith said,

    07.12.12 at 1:47 pm

    Jerry was such a sweet kind and very funny man. We often met everyday while in our little Brookside Neighborhood. Either each of us riding our bikes or he would stop by and give some cheer if he saw me outside. I know he is in a better place. He missed his lovely wife Sylvia, and now they are together again. I know he looked foward to his special dinners with his family every week. I will miss talking to him and his great sense of humor. My Sincere Smypathy to his Family and all his Friends, we will miss him.