Gerald Shay “Jerry” Beninato
February 6, 1945 – December 12, 2020
Gerald Shay Beninato, age 75 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shay and Julie Beninato. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia Beninato; his children: David (Ann), Chris (Jeff), Tim, Mary, Beth (Keith), Bria, Mia, and Tao; his grandchildren: Emily (Jake), Sarah, Mike, Nick, Eli, Noah, Anna, Abi, Alex, and great-granddaughter Franny: his brothers: Rich (Kathy) and Shay and brother-in-law: Mike McGuire (Vicki) and many nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
Jerry was born February 6, 1945, and spent most of his life living in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Archbishop Ryan High School (1959-1963), where he and his wife, then Patty McGuire, met. Jerry attended Creighton University (1963-1967), where he earned a degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, he worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. accounting firm. Later he moved into private industry. His last job before retiring was with Phillips Manufacturing, owned by his best friend, George Kubat.
Jerry was a gifted athlete who grew up playing various sports to include basketball, football, and his life-long passion- baseball. Jerry was an exceptional left-handed pitcher who helped lead the Archbishop Ryan/Pepsi baseball team to tournament victories at the state, regional and national levels. In 2014, Jerry was inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, along with his teammates, for winning numerous championships and finishing as runner-up in the 1963 National Legion World Series.
One of Jerry’s favorite past-times was playing card games. Each of his children learned to play cards at a very young age gathering around the family table every chance they got. In addition, Jerry spent time at the homeless shelter playing cards in the evening with the men where card playing was their shared language. At Sunridge Village, the community named several card games “Jerry’s games” as he expanded on their poker night.
Jerry will be remembered for his unwavering faith in God and devotion to his Catholic faith. His commitment to 55 years of marriage with Patty and his dedication to his children and grandchildren was uncompromised. God and family always came first. His friends lovingly refer to him as their model of a Godly man.
Visitation: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by Vigil Service, 10:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 a.m., all at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, NE 68164. Private Family Interment, Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Guadalupe or St. Vincent De Paul Parishes.
According to CDC guidelines masks are required.
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