Dr. Jerry N. Bosnak, age 90, of Wooster, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his residence in Wooster, following a period of declining health. His daughter Lynne and his best feline friend, "Chuck" was by his side.
Jerry was born on September 24, 1926 in McKeesport, Pa. to George Nelson and Signe (Walborg) Bosnak and has been a life time resident in the Wooster area.
He had graduated from Clairton High School in Pa. on June 25, 1944.
He proudly served in the US Air Force during WWII from July, 1944 - October, 1945.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1949 and then his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1952 and then received his MD license in 1953.
On June 25, 1956, he served his internship at St. Lukes Hospital in Cleveland and started practicing in the state of Ohio in 1957 and with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was then certified as a fellow at the American College of Surgeons in the arts and science of surgery in 1961.
After coming to Wooster in the late 1950's, he worked at the former Beeson Clinic and was the first specialty OBGYN in town.
He then was in the core group of men that founded the Wooster Clinic and also worked at the Wooster Community Hospital as Chief Of Staff for many years.
After many years of practicing at the Wooster Clinic, he opened what is currently the Viola Startzman Clinic with 2 other doctors and became the first fertility specialist in Wooster. He practiced there until he retired in the early 1990's.
Besides his family, his greatest gift in life was the joy he received in helping women to conceive who had fertility issues and to experience the joy of motherhood. He delivered well over 4000 babies during his career.
He was active in the Wooster Lion's Club for many years and traveled to Japan as the International Ambassador for the US in 1969.
He was one of the co-founders of the Wooster Swim Team and was active in the Wooster Men's Tennis Assoc. and was a former Wooster Elk member.
For many years, Jerry enjoyed boating and fishing at Pleasant Hill Lake in Ohio and Lake Erie at the Foxhaven Marina. He and his wife Joanne enjoyed many week-ends with his grandson, Ben who also helped captain the boat for the family.
Jerry love spending time at his second home on Sanibel Island in Florida; loved the beach, nature, and photographing wildlife.
He is survived by his children, Jeffrey Nelson Bosnak of Acworth, Ga., Lynne C. (Kip) Carroll Bryant of Wooster, and Jennifer Lee Bosnak also of Wooster; grandchildren, Sarah, Jeffrey, Rast , Ben and Elizabeth ; great-grandchildren, Christian and Toben. Jerry also loved spending time with his special friend, DeeDee and enjoyed the many travels and good times together.
"At this time we would like to especially thank, Robin Shamp, housekeeper and friend of 35 years and her husband, Ev Shamp, Allison and Jay Graves, Lori Decker, Chrissy Swartzentruber, Kara Conn, Deb Stephenson, Tina Pater, Kimberly Carmel, Chris Fry and Beth Entsminger. Thanks for all your love, support and help."
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Joanne and a sister, Rita Remster.
It was his wishes there be no services or visitation.
In honor of Jerry's memory, his daughter, Lynne is asking for contributions be made in lieu of flowers to Wooster Community Hospital for the OBGYN Dept. for much needed equipment, 1761 Beall Ave., Wooster, Oh. 44691.
Attn: Angela - "Bosnak Fund".
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: www.custerglenn.com.
Custer-Glenn Funeral Home in Wooster is honored with serving the family.