Jerry Nowland

Obituary of Jerry Nowland

Jerry was a kind man and a devoted husband. Born and raised in Buffalo, Jerry worked at Bethlehem steel as a teenager before joining the service. He served his country proudly in the Army during World War II, and then returned to Buffalo and to Bethlehem Steel. Jerry was a great son, and kept very close relationships with both of his parents even after they separated. He talked to his father every day.

After his first marriage and being blessed with his 4 children, Jerry met Joan on March 5,1979.  Their first encounter began with a disco dance, and ended with them sharing a nice cup of coffee. It was an instant connection, and they spent the rest of their lives together; dancing, bowling, and sharing a love that was clear to everyone who knew them.

The two of them traveled frequently after retirement, going to Las Vegas every month whenever they could manage it, as well as taking trips to other areas like Hawaii and Europe. Jerry was a doting husband, and bought flowers for Joan on the 5th of every month to celebrate the day they met. They walked together every day, and looked forward to greeting all the dogs on their route (as well as one particularly friendly cat). They took biscuits with them every time they left the house, hoping to meet new four-legged friends.


Nowland, Jerry E. on April 3, 2018 of Hamburg, NY. Loving and dear husband of Joan U. (nee Rieger) Nowland; beloved father of Patricia (John) Lamb, Diane (Joseph) Marsillo, Nancy (late Alan) Mottershaw, and Janet Nowland; step-father of John (Joanne) Urban, Leslie Green, David (Doris) Urban, and Bruce (Annette) Urban; grandfather of 23; great-grandfather of 17; also survived by many loving friends. He will be deeply missed.  Friends will be received 3-7 PM, Sunday, at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg (Crnr Rte 5 & Camp Rds) (716-627-2919) where a prayer service will be held 9 AM, Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM, at St. Mary of the Lake Church, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in his memory. Online condolences at