Gerard G. Innocenti,PhD

Born: Wed., Dec. 23, 1942
Died: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 24, 2019
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC


Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Location: Denison Cemetery

Funeral Service

9:30 AM Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church

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Gerard Gino Innocenti, Ph.D.

Gerard (Jerry) G. Innocenti, 76, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, died at home on Saturday, October 19 due to complications from a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania on December 23, 1942, he was the son of the late of Gino and Noemi (Iozzelli) Innocenti. His parents emigrated to the United States from Pistoia (Tuscany), Italy in order to provide a better life for their eventual family. He grew up with a large extended family and very close-knit group of neighborhood friends. He attended local parochial schools including Holy Trinity Elementary and West Side Central Catholic High School.

He received the A. B. degree in History (magna cum laude) from King’s College, Wilkes- Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1964, after which he worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of  History at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,earning the M. A. there in 1966. After one year as an Instructor in History at Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania, he returned to graduate study at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, supported by a fellowship and assistantships during his stay.

Jerry was a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Grant, and completed dissertation research in Italian Agrarian History at the University of Pisa, Italy, during the 1970-1971 academic year. He returned to the United States in 1971, and served as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Italian at Bryn Mawr College.

While continuing his research in Italian Agrarian History, he began his teaching career at Kutztown State College in September of 1972. He received the Ph.D. in Medieval and Modern European History at Bryn Mawr College in 1978, having successfully defended his dissertation, San Quirico: A Case Study of the Crisis of the Mezzadria in Rural Pistoia, 1900-1960, in 1977.

From 1972 until his retirement in 2003, he was a member of the Department of History of Kutztown State College/University, rising from the rank of Assistant Professor to that of Professor. During those 31 years, he devoted himself to teaching, scholarship and service to his Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University. In 2003, the Council of Trustees of Kutztown University granted him emeritus status.

Some of his fondest memories are of the time he spent growing up in Swoyersville and later, the time he was able to spend with his family in the United States and in Italy and France. He and his wife, Brenda spent each year traveling to Italy, France and many other places near and far, until he was no longer able to do so. He was loved by everyone who knew him and the feeling was mutual. In his later years, nothing pleased him more than seeing all the new additions to the family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Frank. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Evelt Innocenti; his sister, Jennie Krogulski; his sister-in-law, Margaret Innocenti; his nieces Judy Nieman and Gina Wood; his nephews Kenneth Krogulski, John, Frank and Michael Innocenti; his cousins, Pia Selecky, Norma Warmouth, Corinne Yarmel, Renzo Tognelli (Faenza, Italy) and Cesare Innocenti (Pistoia, Italy), as well as many great nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives in many parts of the world.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday October 24, 2019 from 5-8pm at the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

A Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday at 10am at St. Barbara Parish in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 224 Memorial St., Exeter. Rev. Michael Finn, pastor will be celebrant.

Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Friday morning for the Mass.

Interment will follow in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to the King’s College Presidential Hope Fund, 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA, the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, care of Catholic Social Services, 33 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or the charity of one’s choice.

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Allida McKinley
   Posted Sun October 20, 2019


With loving memories, Allida

Allida McKinley
   Posted Sun October 20, 2019
You were one of my dearest friends for 52 years. No words can express my gratitude for all you did for me.

Lisa Smitreski Draper
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
So sorry to read about the passing of Dr. Innocenti. Truly enjoyed the history classes I took with you at KU. May your family find comfort in knowing all the lives you touched!
With sympathy,
Lisa Smitreski Draper, Ph. D.
KU Class of 1991 and M. Ed. 1993

Kate Clair
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
Gerry, So sorry to hear of your loss. We will all miss your bright smile and gentle demeanor.

Guido M. Pichini
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to your family! Dr. Innocenti was my History of Middle Ages professor while I was a student a KSC. He was a role model that influenced me during my years at KSC and the years following my graduation. He will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Guido M. Pichini
Chairman Emeritus
PASSHE Board of Governors
KU Trustee

Beth Hertzog Harbonic
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
Sending healing thoughts and prayers to your family. I planned a lot of my semesters at KU around Dr. Innocenti's schedule so I could take as many of his classes as possible. He was a great academic teacher, and I always appreciated his encouragement and support.

Susan Coldren
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Innocenti. I was lucky enough to be one of his students.

Marin Ennis
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
I was very saddened to learn of Dr. Innocenti's passing. He was an outstanding instructor who enjoyed a wonderful rapport with his students and his enthusiasm for the subject matter was very infectious.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Innocenti family.

Marin F. Ennis KSC '83

Jennifer Weidman
   Posted Tue October 22, 2019
My deepest condolences to Dr. Innocenti's loved ones. As an undergrad, my interaction with him was brief but left a vivid impression. He was a gentle and gracious man and will be missed.

valeria Skrabut Deater
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
My heartaches for the loss of a child hood friend I have been gone for 62 years from my childhood neighborhood but i have wonderful memories of my young friends across the street. Jerry grew up to be a wonderful intelligent man. Condolences to Corinne

Michael P Chisarick
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
So very sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Dr. Innocenti. I was lucky enough to have met him in 1979, my freshman year at Kutztown. He was such a kind, generous and loving man who shared his wisdom and advice with me on our many drives from Kutztown to Swoyersville and back. I will always remember his warm inviting way and smile, as well as his reliable VW Rabbit during my college years. Safe travels Gerry...

Cynthia S Hettinger-LaSota
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
Dear Brenda and Family I was so very saddened to hear of Jerry's passing, I hold so many fond memories of him from my days at KU first as a Freshman History student followed by my student assistant job in the History Department. May you find comfort in knowing he influenced so many others lives with his kindness and love.

Tom Schantz
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Brenda, I should like to express my most sincere sympathy. I met Gerry at Senate, where he so exceptionally represented the History Department.

Mary Ann Golias Kelley
   Posted Sun November 03, 2019
So sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. He was such a wonderful friend through our days at Holy Trinity and Central Catholic H.S. I have so many memories of a great family, too.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God rest Gerry's soul.

Tom and Mary Ann Kelley

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