Jerome H. “Jerry” Schmelzer, 81, passed away Sept. 14, 2019, in Pepper Pike. He lived in the Cleveland-area for most of his life.

He was born to Joseph and Elaine Schmelzer (nee Schermer) on March 6, 1938, in Cleveland’s “legendary Glenville neighborhood.” Jerry would say it was like a “mini Delancey Street.”

Jerry graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1956, and went on to graduate from Columbia University in New York.

A member of Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue and B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, Jerry’s hobbies were watching movies, following the stock market, peppering his chit-chat with Yiddish for no particular reason and telling (and retelling) Catskills-style one-liners to everyone, always. He was always waiting until next year for the Cleveland Indians to win it all.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Sharon (nee Paine); children, Joe and Randi; and brother, Lawrence. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Elaine; and brother, Raymond.

Services were held Sept. 17 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. The family will receive visitors until 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Schmelzer home, 2566 Cedarwood Road in Pepper Pike. Please come and eat pastry in memory of Jerry.

Contributions in loving memory of Jerry can be made to the Cleveland Animal Protective League (; the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (; or the Columbia Journalism School (