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Gerald Leonard Nagele

April 10, 1944 ~ September 28, 2021 (age 77)

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Gerald “Gerry” Nagele of Metairie, passed away on September 28, 2021, at the age of 77. Born in New Orleans, he grew up in Metairie near the intersection of what is now Causeway Blvd and Metairie Road. That once wooded area was where he would hunt rabbits with his father, uncles, and younger brother. Gerry was the son of the late Gerald Louis Nagele and Jeanne Savoie Nagele. As a young lad, it was only a few blocks away where he met a girl, the future love of his life. Soon after graduating East Jefferson High School and a short time at LSUNO, he married the girl and enjoyed 57 years of marriage in that same zip code. Gerry is survived by his beloved wife Emilie Louise “Emmy Lou” Galloway Nagele, daughters Jeanne-Marie LeBlanc (Calvin Lacy Thompson) and Renee Bergeron (Henri Guy Bergeron), and grandson Garland Bergeron. Gerry is also survived by his brother Glenn Nagele (Peggy), brother-in-law Robert Galloway (Beverly), and four nieces and nephews.
Over the years, Gerry was a member of Dixie Car Club, TKE Fraternity, Lures and Liars Fishing Club, and Deep South Fishing Rodeo, the latter of which raised donations for Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. He enjoyed the camaraderie these activities provided him and built life-long friendships. In recent years, his interests turned to the less strenuous activity of playing cards, and he always looked forward to gathering with his boisterous card game guys.
Gerry began work in the local retail jewelry business as a teenager. His uncles brought him into the business at the local Hausmann’s Jewelry where he unpacked inventory. He eventually became a salesman and, then, manager. When Hausmann’s closed, he worked at another local fine jewelry business, Mexic Bros. at Lakeside Shopping Center. After the close of that family business, he worked at Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry in the Royal Sonesta Hotel lobby. Gerry had many a funny story of the rich and famous people he met who would come into the stores to buy luxury items.
Despite the crusty curmudgeon exterior at times, his family, friends, and coworkers knew Gerry had a soft emotional interior. He worked long difficult hours, provided for his family, and balanced life with outside activities and friends. The family fondly remembers several vacations.
Visitation will be held at Tharp-Sonthemier-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA. 70001 on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 10:30 am until 12:00 PM with words of remembrance at Noon. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA. 70001 immediately after.
Emilie would greatly appreciate and cherish cards, letters or emails noting fond memories of Gerry.
 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
October 15, 2021

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tharp Sontheimer Funeral Home
1600 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001

Funeral Service
Friday
October 15, 2021

12:00 PM
Tharp Sontheimer Funeral Home
1600 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001

Cemetery

Garden of Memories Cemetery

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