Gerald P. Mancuso, D.D.S.
August 7, 1932 – June 23, 2022
Gerald P. Mancuso, D.D.S., formerly of Columbus, NE, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2022. Gerald was born on August 7, 1932, to his parents, Frank P. and Tillie Mancuso. Doc was a Creighton man through and through. He attended Creighton Prep, Creighton University, and graduated from Creighton School of Dentistry, class of 1957. In 2000 he was honored by the C.U. Dental School with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Doc was an outstanding baseball player for both Creighton Prep and Creighton University.
Gerald was united in marriage to Carmelina E. Quattrocchi on August 10, 1957. Following his military service as a dentist in South Korea, he started his dental practice in Columbus, NE in August 1959.
The union of his marriage to Carmen brought three sons into this world: Gerald M., Stephen J., and Michael J. During his days in Columbus, Doc served on many boards and organizations. He also coached Little League baseball for many years, teaching not only the skills of the game, but also many life lessons as well.
After 55 years of practicing dentistry, Doc finally retired at the age of 82, often saying he retired two or three years too early. He loved his work, patients, and wonderful staff that he always commented was a privilege to be around every day. Doc’s patients meant everything to him. He took his job very seriously, going above and beyond to provide the best care he could deliver. He helped many people, never concerned about their level of income or status, but only with providing them top-notch quality care. His strong faith and values taught him to help the under-privileged people—every one was equal in his eyes.
For most of his career he began his day by attending 6:30am Mass at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, then heading off to work on his bike, many times “no handed.” Gerald was the perfect example to his boys and grandchildren on how to live life and be a servant to Jesus and the people you encounter each day.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Frank J. Mancuso, D.D.S. He is survived by his wife, Carmelina; son, Dr. Gerald M. (Terri) Mancuso, granddaughter, Molly (Mike) Johnson; great-grandchildren: Teddy, Bobby, Henry Johnson; grandson, Jerry (Haley) Mancuso; great-grandchildren, JJ, Mimi Mancuso; grandsons, Tommy Mancuso, Joey (Abigail) Mancuso; son, Dr. Stephen J. (Beth) Mancuso; granddaughters, Morgan (Beau) Sheen, Macy (Neal) Bierman; grandsons, Sam Mancuso, Gus Mancuso; son, Michael J. (Tonie) Mancuso; grandsons: Max Mancuso, Nick Mancuso, Frank Mancuso; granddaughters: Alex Mancuso, Audrie Mancuso, Annie Mancuso; in-laws and their spouses; nephews, nieces, and many friends.
VISITATION: Monday, June 27th at 9:30am at St. John Catholic Church-Creighton Campus, 2500 California Plaza, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am. Entombment with Military Honors: Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to the church of your choice.
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Steve and Beth I am so sorry,. He had a wonderful life and family. Aunt San
It was truly an honor getting to spend time with Jerry. His smile always brought light to my day, and he was such a caring and kind man! I’ll miss seeing his smile or hearing him laugh. My condolences.
I feel blessed to have known Jerry, even though it was for a short time. His smile was beautiful and infectious, the look he had on his face when he saw Carmen, and the sense of calm that he brought during our visits will be missed.
When we lose a loved one here on Earth, we gain an Angel in heaven that watches over us. My heart goes out to your family. Rest easy Jerry!
To Jerry and family – my sincere condolences on your Dad’s passing, I remember him and your mom being such gracious people and opening their home (and pool!) to a bunch of boisterous boys from Columbus Jr and Sr high school many times. I also recall Mr Mancuso’s wonderful manner and care working on my own fathers dental issues later in life when most people his age would have long since retired. He was a good man.
My sympathies to the family. I remember flying home from NYC in the 1960’s to have my wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Mancuso because he was the only dentist I would trust at the time. He was a modest and kind man. May he rest in peace.
Dr. M was a man of GREAT integrity! May you all celebrate his faith,,his love of family, his love of dentistry and serving his patients ,his wisdom, and his accomplishments. Treasure the gift of many fun memories. God’s peace…
The Mancuso family has always been a part of the Mrzlak family life. Doctor and Carman Mancuso have been very supportive of the Mrzlak family over the years weather it was through dental work, employment, swimming teacher to their boys, and just plain old friendship I have such fond memories of the Mancuso’s. So very sorry for your loss. Doc was a wonderful man by all accounts.
He was the most Outstanding employer that I had the opportunity to work with and guided me into coaching elementary children which influenced my return to college and complete a degree in teaching for 32 years. I honor and cherish his influences to this day.
Dr. M was so active in the community of Columbus and as people have stated he was an outstanding dentist that I judge all dentist to his level of work.
Carmen and family I offer my deepest condolences and will cherish my memories forever.
Dave and I are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our condolences to the entire Mancuso family. Carmen, you and Jerry have been such an important part of our lives. I know you will miss Jerry especially. We are both so sorry for your loss. You our in our thoughts and prayers.
To the Mancuso family-
I was very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing . He was a wonderful kind man and always with a smile on his face every time I saw him. He will be deeply missed! May you cherish the memories of him! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families and dear Mom.
Carmen, Jerry, Stephen, Michael and families , as my employer for a number of years , we grew a friendship that I’ll cherish forever. May God be with you now and always.
On behalf of the DiBlasio family from Florida, we are truly saddened at the passing of Dr. Mancuso. Our family collided with the Mancuso family in the late 1980s when Jerry Jr. and I met during internship in California. Our families have remained close through both celebratory and turbulent times and although distance has kept us apart, we are fortunate to have shared many great memories! Doc, you will be missed but your incredible legacy continues…..Much love!
To your mom, all the boys and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You dad was a very thoughtful, kind person. Just remember he is always watching over you and only a prayer away.
My deepest sympathy to the Mancuso Family! Dr. Mancuso was the best and always so kind. 50 years later I continue to go to his dental office and get excellent care. The staff is AWESOME!
Family of Dr Jerry
He was the kindest and most passionate man about his profession more than anyone could imagine. HIs smile was contagious and genuine, Our condolences at this sad time for the family in which they say time will heal the pain but memories will never fade. Prayers for comfort!
I was so sorry to hear of Dr. M’s passing! I worked for him from 1984-1986 at the dental office. He was truly a loving and faithful man. His passion for his faith, family, and profession was clearly evident in everything he did! Rest in peace, Doc! I’m sure there are many teeth that need some attention in heaven!
Dr Mancuso will always be remembered for his kindness. He is a much admired man. Blessings to his family.
I know mere words aren’t enough, but I want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. I feel privileged to have been able to meet Jerry. He was a kind soul with a warm welcoming smile, and always pleasant. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mancuso family at this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to the Mancuso family. It truly was a privilege to have been able to meet Jerry even if it was for a short amount of time. I will always remember his infectious smile, his laughter and most of all, his stories about his past. He will be truly missed.
I want to send the family my thoughts and prayers. I truly enjoyed taking care of Jerry. He had such a wonderful laugh and smile. He and his wife always knew how to cheer us up at work. Will miss all of the laughs we shared.
I was in disbelief when I saw that Dr. Mancuso had passed. He was my dentist throughout my childhood and adult life. Even though I changed my address to hundreds of miles away, my dentist remained the same. When I was old enough for my first dentist appointment, I was scared; even with mom at my side holding my hand. Dr. Mancuso gently said, your mom will have to leave the room if you don’t stop crying. Of course he didn’t hurt me and from that moment on, I knew he never would. I guess you could say he made me ’dental tough’, never to fear future dental work. His shots were painless and I never saw the needle! Thank you Dr. Mancuso, from the bottom of my heart. Heaven finally has an amazing dentist!
I am saddened to hear of Dr. M’s passing. He was my greatest mentor in the field of dentistry. His clinical skills and compassion for his patients were superior. Love and prayers to all the Mancusos.