Jerome “Jerry” Louis Lambert, 86, of Esko, passed away surrounded by loved ones on October 26, 2020 at Solvay Hospice House after a brave and dignified battle with ALS.
Jerry was born the third of four children on November 1, 1933 in Duluth to Elmer and Anne Lambert. Raised in a loving home, he grew up in West Duluth and attended Denfeld High School. Jerry had many jobs in his lifetime but for over 30 years he was employed by St. Louis County as a Painter at Nopeming, before retiring in 1994.
Jerry married the love of his life, Annette Atkinson, on December 10, 1960 and together they raised five children in West Duluth and eventually moved to a hobby farm in Esko.
Jerry was an intelligent man who could discuss just about anything with anybody and made friends easily. He enjoyed traveling; taking trips to visit family and friends all across the country. Many fond memories were created during the yearly family camping trips to Cutfoot Sioux in the Chippewa National Forest. He also enjoyed hosting the yearly Lambert family reunion at the farm. As the family grew, Jerry added an addition onto the house to make room for the yearly family Christmas celebration, where many more wonderful memories were made. Like his Mother, he enjoyed his crossword puzzles and continued this daily until the disease that took him from us made it impossible to do so. He was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed many different kinds of music although his heart was with old country, “real” country music as he put it.
Jerry was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, and friend.
Passing before him and waiting to greet him are his parents; sisters, Pat Swapinski and Judy LeDoux; brother-in-law, Frank Ehlenbach; and grandson, Matthew Wyzykowski.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Annette; children, Shelli Henricks, Kristina (Tom) Wyzykowski, Kirk (Cheryl) Lambert, Jess (Teresa) Lambert and Kenn (Lisa) Lambert; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Ehlenbach; brother-in law, Ed Swapinski; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and his beloved dog, Pippi.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers along the way that Jerry referred to as his “Angels” and especially the kind, caring and compassionate staff at Solvay Hospice House.
Due to Covid, a private family service and burial will be held in November. In lieu of gifts, the family wishes any memorials in memory/honor of Jerry be made to Solvay Hospice House or the ALS society.
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