Gerald Carl Brundo
Born: April 16, 1943, Lackawanna, New York
Died: September 29, 2023, Omaha, Nebraska
The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 11th, 10am at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton Campus, 2500 California Plaza. Interment with Military Honors at Resurrection Cemetery.
Gerald Carl Brundo was the second of two sons born to Salvatore Peter Brundo and Patricia Rose Riscile. He grew up in the Westfield, New York community, attending Westfield Academy and Central School, until 6th grade, June 1955. His family moved from New York to California three times before making it their permanent home.
He attended St. Mark’s School, 912 Coeur D Alene Ave, Venice, California. and boasted being a classmate of Kathy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters. He then attended Chaminade High School, 2500 Beverly Drive, Los Angeles, Loyola University, Los Angeles, Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha and later earned a M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles. He was a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a member of Xi Psi Phi International Dental Fraternity, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Honor Society in Dentistry, and Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education.
Once established in Los Angeles, Jerry’s mother enrolled in beauty school, and soon after, opened her own shop, while his father worked as a car mechanic. Together they worked to pay for their son’s dental school education and were successful in doing so. Dr. Gerald Brundo graduated debt free.
Jerry married Barbara Jane Mrzlak in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska in 1968, while a student at Creighton Dental School. He was welcomed to the family; an almost 100 percent Italian joins German and Croatian heritage. After earning his DDS, he served in the United States Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. At completion of his duty, he joined the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he was mentored by Dr. F. James Kratochvil. His contributed service at Marymount Junior School, Los Angeles, as Chairperson, Board of Education, 1980-1984 highlighted his values for Catholic education. Each summer during his tenure at UCLA 1971-1984, Jerry brought his family back to his wife’s hometown, enjoying the Country Club Inn motel, Columbus Nebraska. Those visits were 4-5 weeks long. He could often be found cleaning the pool at 5:00 AM with only sounds of nature around him. He was very aware of cottonwood vs. air conditioning maintenance too!
In 1984, he became the Dean of Creighton Dental School, Omaha Nebraska. He began preparing for this leadership position following his graduation from the Dental School in 1969, inspired while he spent the summer following graduation with faculty in the clinic. Other than with his family, he was happiest in his white coat at Creighton Dental School. There is a publication, Creighton University, Boyne School of Dental Science, Centennial History 1905-2005, authored by Ben Lynch DDS and Terry Wilwerding DDS: Contents, Brundo, 1984-1994, pages 59 to 73.
He continued his contributions to Catholic Education being supportive of his wife as she served Christ the King Catholic School as principal, 1986-1992; as religious education coordinator, 1994-1995; his son was enrolled as a student. His daughters attended Duchesne Academy and son Creighton Prep. He has five grandchildren who followed those footsteps and then enrolled at Creighton University with one attending St. Louis University. He had an opinion on class attendance. Be there. Bereavement leave from SLU to join cousins was a good student decision.
For fun: Creighton season tickets for basketball and baseball, great seats! College World Series, good times often shared with friends. Dancing, bowling, roller skating, playing accordion, and organ, singing, cooking especially Italian dinners, baking especially Italian cookies. He will be missed.
His favorite street in Omaha: Bloomfield Drive.
Survived by wife, Dr. Barbara Brundo, daughters Nicole Brundo, Tricia [Patrick] Sharrar and son Gerald Brundo II. Grandchildren Erin Goaley, Shannon Goaley and Sal Goaley, Mia Sharrar and Chase Sharrar. Niece Kathy Brundo, Nephew Richard Brundo II. Sisters in law: Margaret Matejka of Houston, Texas, Maxine Brown, and Betty (Ron) Mann of Mission Viejo, California, Carol (Peter) Rygol of Omaha, Paulette (John) Power of Chicago, Illinois, Rosemarie Reidel of Greeley, Colorado, Terese (Leon) Barden of Redondo Beach, California, Dr. Suzanne (Dave) Melliger of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; Brothers in law, Jim Mrzlak of Homestead, Florida, Gregg (Lydia) Mrzlak of San Antonio, Texas. Nieces and Nephews: Joe Lee, Stephanie (Kevin Grover), Jackie Rutledge, Chris & Dr. Ann Lee, Jenny (Josh Martin); Brandon Brown (Meghan); Nick Mrzlak, Andrea Mrzlak, Maranda (Will Murphy, Ph.D.); Hilary Mann, Jonathan Mann, Stephen Mann, Kevin Mann, SJC, William Mann; Matt (Jenna) Rygol, Andy (Sara) Rygol, Carissa (Ky Miller), John Rygol (Gwenn Porter) Heidi Reidel, Vreni Reidel; Bridgette M. Barden, Brittany Barden; Emily and (Zach Denson), Nick G. Mrzlak; Michael Melliger. Great Nieces and Nephews: Paul and Mark Grover: Daniel, Calvin, Georgia Rutledge; Grace, Elizabeth, and Frances Lee: Charles, Teddy, Patrick, and George Martin; Brooklynn, Baylie Brown; Jay [James Nicholas] and Alexandra Mrzlak: Therese Bennett (Cody) Hatfield; Delilah, Adler, and Delaney Mann; Nathan Mann, Zach, Logan, and Tanner Rygol; Zander and Avery Rygol, Johann Rygol [JR]; Sophia and Lucas Miller; Jordyn and Myles Denson: Lilly and Maddy Melliger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Patricia Brundo; brother, Richard Ross Brundo; parents-in-law, Nicholas Mrzlak and Theresa (German) Mrzlak, Joe E. Lee, Travis Melliger, David “Scotty” Brown, Suzanne Modlin and Joe Matejka.