Geraldine T. “Jerry” Dragusha, 76 passed away on Tuesday
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March 17, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born
on November 18, 1943 in Manhattan New York. She was of the
Christian faith and had a close relationship with God.
Jerry grew up in Manhattan “the lower east side” New York with
all her cousins and extended family. She married Gjok Dragusha
at the young age of seventeen and together they had two
daughters Rose and Maria. They were happily married for fifteen
years when her husband died tragically leaving her to raise her
daughters and her very young sister after her mother passed, all
alone at the age of 32.
She ran a diner in New York and after having her kids she worked
as a seamstress and ran her own business out of her home. She
never remarried and her primary goal in life was to take care of
her family, which she did flawlessly.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, puzzles, household
repairs, tools, politics, and being a lending hand to everyone who
needed anything. She was also a proud American who loved her
country. Her grandchildren, Becca and Niko were her pride and
joy and from the moment they were born her life became about
Looking for a better life for her children, she moved her and her
family to the Poconos in 1982. She opened and operated Jerry’s
Diner of 207 North 9 th St. Stroudsburg that same year and ran it
for the next fifteen years. She was the waitress, the cook, the
cleaner, the server and most of all everyone’s friend. She took
care of all her customers and treated them like family. She met
many people through the diner, too many to name, but she loved
all of them. Two of those people became family and were her best
friends: Steve and Lynn Kirk. Moving next door to them they spent
every day together, talking and enjoying a cup of coffee. She
closed the diner in 1996 to take care of her first grandchild Becca,
with her second grandchild Niko being born two years later in
1998. She helped raise them along with her other “grandkids”
Casie and Tyler “TJ” Van Why. She was the caregiver to many
people throughout her life and dedicated all her time and energy
to helping others.
Jerry is survived by 2 daughters and a sister who in all aspects is
her daughter: Rose Halstead of Bartonsville, Maria Kopas and her
husband Kevin, and Graceann Tozzi of Stroudsburg, Pa. and 2
grandchildren: Rebecca Halstead and her companion Zach Blau
and Nicholas Sawyer. She is also survived by her many fur baby
Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, Gjok Dragusha, her
mother Anna Tozzi and her five siblings who were lost in
childbirth. She is also preceded in death by her fur babies, Gidget,
Buster, Hunter and Buttons.
A prayer service will be held on Saturday March 21, 2020 at 11:00
am at the Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home Inc. 23 N. 9 th St.
Stroudsburg, PA. Entombment will be in the Mountainview
Mausoleum at Prospect Cemetery E. Stroudsburg, PA. The family
will receive friends and relatives from 10:00 am until the time of
the services at the funeral home.
Memorial donations can be made to the Fox Chase Cancer
Center 222 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19111 or the
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge 110 Laurel Ave. Cheltenham, PA.19012