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“JERRY WOOD was a fun-loving, thoughtful, down-to-earth classmate at Holy Cross, Notre Dame. I last spoke with Jerry at a Notre Dame 2000 reunion. ...Read More »
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“We miss Jerry so much! While we only were privileged to have know Jerry for a few short years, he was such a strong force around our neighborhood...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Vince & Dee Diana - Olive Branch, MS

“Will miss Jerry (Bird Man) greeting me when I went over to Dee's house and our talks about birds we were seeing at every season on our feeders. He...Read More »
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Jerome John Kompa Wood, 77, passed away at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis on Monday, August 26. Jerome was born in Gary, Indiana and attended Holy Cross High School at Notre Dame, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C. Jerome worked as a college teacher both in Chile as well as the U.S, and as a patient counselor at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ann Wood, and by his sisters, Patricia Donahue and Catherine Hayes. He is survived by his wife, Maria. He also leaves his dear siblings Charles R. Wood, Anna Schall, Theresa Kompa, and Eugene Kompa.

Jerome is also survived by his beloved children Aaron (Lynn) Wood, Melissa Wood, Micah (Christy) Wood, John (Tina) Russotto, and Sarina Russotto along with seven grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Jerome was a devotee of the Fighting Irish and member of the Notre Dame Club of Memphis; he also had a love for genealogy and was a member of the Holy Cross History Association.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon, Thursday, September 5th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Memphis either online or at PO Box 40269, Memphis TN 38174.

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