Gerald J. Dowling
Gerald J. "Jerry" Dowling, 91, of Farrell, passed away surrounded by family early Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, 2019, following a life well-lived.
Jerry was born on April 24, 1928, in Titusville, a son of the late David and Catherine (Strawbridge) Dowling. A 1945 graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Titusville, Jerry matriculated at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., where he completed a Bachelor's of Science degree in electrical engineering by 1948.
Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Originally stationed in Schenectady, N.Y., Jerry then served at the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico, and finally at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Guided Missiles on the campus of Cal-Tech in Los Angeles, Calif.
Jerry worked for the Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric for more than 40 years. Originally taking a job with the Akron (Ohio) Division, he relocated to the Sharon Division in the 1950s where he remained working as a sales engineer until his retirement in 1988.
A devout Catholic and daily communicant, Jerry was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, where he belonged to the Bethany Club, the Holy Name Society, and volunteered at the O.L.F. Carnevale for many years.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sharon Council 684, as well as the Sharon 4th Degree Assembly 0960. In addition, Jerry participated in the Perpetual Adoration at the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage.
Jerry was a longtime volunteer for Sharon Regional Hospice and Meals on Wheels. He also volunteered as a tax preparer for the AARP Tax Program and was a member of the St. John XXIII Home Auxiliary, both of Hermitage.
Jerry enjoyed playing handball at the Buhl Club and golfing, especially in the Westinghouse Retirees Golf League. His other joys in life came from woodworking, singing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him, "Poppop."
His beloved wife of 64 years, the former Mary "Polly" Slater, whom he
married Sept. 17, 1955, survives at home.
Also surviving are six daughters, Maureen (Jody) Skinner, Bedford, Wyo., Anne (Peter) Lombardi, Brookfield, Ohio, Camilla "Kim" Simko and Mary (Samuel) Rauch, all of Sharon, Nora Songer, Hermitage, and Kate (Diondrea) Campbell, Clermont, Fla.; three sons, Kevin (Maria) Dowling, Gibsonia, Chris (Joy) Dowling, Zephyrhills, Fla., and Thomas (Elizabeth) Dowling, Philadelphia; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Arthur, George, Louis and Leo Dowling; and five sisters, Sr. Mary Camilla, RSM, Sr. Mary Marguerite, RSM, Florence Butler, Frances Lindsay and Helen Barry; and a son-in-law, Joseph Simko.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the St. John XXIII Home Auxillary, 2250 Shenango Valley Fwy., Hermitage, 16148; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Gerald J., 91, of Farrell.
Calling hours: From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (10-24-19) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday (10-25-19) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan as celebrant. Military honors will be rendered immediately following the Mass by the
Wheatland American Legion and West Middlesex and Farrell VFW Honor Guard.
Entombment: St. Rose Mausoleum, Hermitage.
Published on October 22, 2019


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Lombardi Pasquale
Oct 28, 2019
We feel the sorrow that you all feel and offer all our prayers
Bob and Lily
Oct 25, 2019
Kim, we’re so sorry for your loss! Know that we love you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Carleen Hansley Sweet
Oct 24, 2019
Dowling Family,
Please know you are all in my heart and prayers as you send Mr. Dowling to heaven to be with our Lord. The angels and saints are rejoicing as he is entering eternal life. May his soul rest well -- he was a good and faithful servant. I will enter his name in our Book of the Dead (St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Edwards, CO) to be remembered at every Mass during the month of November and every year after.
With Love, Carleen
Donna Yonchak Davis
Oct 23, 2019
Ann, Kim and Dowling Family,
Deepest Sympathies on the loss of your Father! Sending thoughts and prayers!
Donna Yonchak Davis
Oct 23, 2019
Ann, Kim and Dowling Family,
Deepest Sympathies on the loss of your Father! Sending thoughts and prayers!
Michael Basile
Oct 23, 2019
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