Jerry Dominick Pecora

Jerry Dominick Pecora

Age 67, passed away February 28, 2020.  He was born May 14, 1952, in Lansing, Michigan, son of Vincent and Assunta (Baldino) Pecora.

Jerry was a first generation Italian-American who graduated from Lansing Gabriels High School, where he was recognized as an all-league varsity basketball player as a senior, followed by two years of junior college basketball at Lansing Community College.  In his professional life, he served as Lansing Sales Representative and Alabama State Manager for the Seagram Distillers Company.  During his time at Seagram, Jerry was honored as Control States Division Salesman of the Year and Crown Royal Man of the Year.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, JoNell; children, Vincent (Jaclyn) and Dominic; grandchildren, Emerson and Dean, the loves of their Papa Jerry’s life; brother, John (Aileen); sister, Gina; and sisters-in-law, Gloria Pecora and Annice Smith.  He was preceded in death by his father, Vincent; mother, Assunta; and brother, James.

An alumnus of Michigan State University and an ardent supporter of Michigan State athletics, Jerry enjoyed watching his beloved Spartans battle on the gridiron and hardcourt, and he often looked forward to conversations with local sports radio personalities afterward.  He also participated in fantasy broadcasts, and was an occasional guest co-host, on The Drive with Jack and Tom, Jack Ebling’s daily radio show.

Jerry had an innate ability to recall dates, statistics, and names, and in recent years, he looked forward to spending time at Tuesday trivia night competitions.  Other interests included classic cinema, as well as non-fiction books, especially biographies.

Family was extremely important to Jerry.  His Italian parents instilled in him that family was paramount, and this was a lesson he passed on to his own children. He cherished the generations that preceded him.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave. in Lansing with Fr. Karl Pung officiating.  Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  The family will receive guests at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 7:30 p.m. To view a live stream of the Rosary and speeches given during the 7:00-9:00 period click here:

Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( in memory of Jerry Pecora.


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David DeMarco
March 1, 2020 at 7:51 am

Very sorry for everyone’s loss. Jerry was a kind guy. I know he loved his Italian heritage & sports very much. Again, my family’s condolences.

Lynn Henning
March 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The world got a lot less good, less colorful, less eloquent, and less warm-hearted Friday. Jerry brought a brightness that was more like a glow, day and night. Rod Nichols, Pat Coppens, and I had a chance four weeks ago to let Jerry know how much he blessed us, and everyone, in those marvelous 68 (nearly) years we had him. But even as we trust in his peace and in his transition from this life, and his cruel disease, to happiness unimaginable, we’re still left with the ache, the void, the reality of his passing. And it hurts so deeply. We love you, Jerry. You, and that eternal spirit of yours, are with us always. Hugs to JoNell, Vince, Dominick, John, Jean — and to all whose lives he brightened.

Gino baldino
March 4, 2020 at 12:13 pm

A part of me has passed as well when you left this world. I loved getting together with friends
when you came to town. Your one of only a few people that could really make all of us laugh.
You had such quick wit that could respond to any comments made by any of us no matter the
conversation. We will miss talking about the old days of Gabriels ( 240 rebounds ) Spartan
Basketball or Football, the Yankees or Tigers and especially about our heritage and family. Sometimes when I listen to sports radio I find myself waiting the last few minutes to see if you
will call and ask the question or comment that no one else has thought of. Jerry I will miss you. My deepest condolences and prayers to all the family.

Jim Goulding
May 19, 2021 at 1:46 pm

Prayers for Jerry and his family. This is a huge loss for all Resurrections Shamrocks and MSU Spartans. A true competitor in sports and life. He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. God Bless.

Patrick Keenan
May 19, 2021 at 4:18 pm

Jerry was a great guy. Loved family and his Spartans. He used to ask me if i had a new joke when he would come in for an order. He made me laugh. Best liquor salesman I’ve ever dealt with. Bless you Jerry and your family.


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