Jerome “Jerry” Kluza, 79, of Cromwell, CT, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on February 22, 2021 after a short but fierce battle with cancer. He was formerly of Brookfield, WI, New York City, and Detroit, MI.
Jerry was born on January 5, 1942 in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1967 with a Master of Science in Management Science. In a management training and development career that spanned nearly 40 years, Jerry enjoyed learning and applying the latest computer technology to solve problems and deliver insights in his field. He ultimately founded his own business, Kluza Associates, Inc., in 1987 and used his management consulting expertise to improve organizations across four continents before retiring in 2005.
Jerry married the love of his life, Marie (Vecchione), on October 14, 1978 in Detroit, MI. Together they co-founded the Milwaukee chapter of the Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning in 1983.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, their two children John (Sarah) Kluza of East Walpole, MA and Anne (Jeremy) Wilson, of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and their four grandchildren, Julia, Nate, James, and Josie. He was preceded in death by his father, John, his mother, Elizabeth, and his two sisters, Dorothy Konopka and Delores Siersma.
Jerry loved to travel the world, was an active bowler, and was dedicated to his family. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his generosity, and for his elaborate planning of surprises for those he loved.
Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Church in Cromwell, CT and will be private. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Church, 5 Saint John Court, Cromwell, CT 06416. Cromwell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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