Gerard George Nolting
Gerard George Nolting passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12 in Morris Township, N.J. He was born on Aug. 31, 1948 to Anna Marie Kane Nolting and George Andrew Nolting in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the fourth of their eight children. Predeceasing him were his parents, his most beloved sister Kathleen, and his dear brother, Joseph.
Gerard faced a life challenged by autism and severe vision impairment with dignity and humor. He was a devoted brother and uncle, always eager to hear about that latest milestone and life event affecting each member of his sprawling clan. His late sister, Kathleen, was perhaps his greatest champion, but many, both family and caregivers, supported him. Gerard is survived by his brothers, Raymond Nolting and his partner, Ann Quinn, and Paul Nolting and his wife, Karen Stray Nolting, as well as by his sisters, Joanne Nolting Ruzek, M. Virginia Servos, and her husband, John, and Peggy Nolting Gallos. Gerard was beloved “Uncle Bear” to nephews, George and David Nolting, his great nephew, Kevin Malloy, and his great niece, Kiera Malloy. He was supported especially by his nephew, Michael Malloy, and his wife, Maureen; his nieces, Marybeth Malloy Talt, her husband, John Talt; and Christine Malloy Ronaghan, and her husband, Jerry; by brother-in-law, Thomas M. Malloy, sister-in-law, Maria Ciaravino Nolting, and by brothers-in-law, James Gallos and the late John Ruzek. Gerard was also the very proud uncle of nieces and nephews: Laurie Profilio Sass, her husband, Brandon, and their children, Kaitlyn and Brandon; Michael Profilio, his wife, Chi, and their children, Miles and Jade; Katherine Servos, William Servos and his wife, Alison Reger, Mariah Servos and her husband, Alex Li, Anna Gallos, Ellen Gallos and great nieces Phoebe Ronaghan, Juliette Ronaghan, and the most recent addition to the family, born last July, Philomena Nolting (daughter of David and Lass Nolting).
A graduate of Richmond Hill H.S., Gerard was employed for two decades as a courier for various Wall Street firms. His detailed knowledge of the NYC subway and public transit was a particularly valued skill in his work, and it enabled him to lead younger family members on many wonderful NYC excursions.
In addition to his family, Gerard had two great passions: movies and the N.Y. Mets. He especially loved The Sound of Music, Titanic, the Harry Potter films, the Star Wars series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and movies starring John Wayne. From the earliest days of the club in 1962, at Shea Stadium and later at Citi Field, through the Miracle Mets of 1969 and the other miracle in 1986, through decades of hope and disappointment, Gerard was a faithful Met fan. He had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of statistics, players, batting averages, and more. When the failure of his vision and hearing made watching a game live too hard, he relied on his sisters, Joanne, Virginia, and Peggy, as well as his caregivers, to brief him on line-ups, standings, and game results. With Gerard’s passing, the New York Mets have lost their most devoted fan.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, December 1, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Johnson Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church, Milford, NJ with Father Bede Kim officiating. Interment will be in the St. Charles Cemetery, Farmington, Long Island, NY on Monday, December 4, 2023.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Helen Keller Services for the Blind (www.helenkeller.org) or Autism NJ (https://autismnj.org).