George Christian Zerr passed away at Harrison Hospital, in Bremerton, on 8/14/2019 of natural causes. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernice Zerr, and his 3 children, Debra Stafford, Linda Riel, and Eric Zerr. George was born in Yakima, WA on 1/1/1935 to Margaret and George Sebastian Zerr. He graduated from Marquette HS, went on to Gonzaga University and finished up his Degree in Medicine at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. While there, he became reacquainted with Bernice, who was also from Yakima, but was now attending Seattle University. They both had a deep affection for education, singing/drama, and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Upon their graduations, they married, and moved to Seattle to continue his Medical Residency at the University of Washington, where he decided to specialize in Psychiatry. Before settling into his private practice in Auburn WA, George served in the USAF, had 3 children, and became deeply involved in Community Mental Health organizations in the South Puget Sound. For the next 30 years, George and Bernice were active in the Archdiocese of Seattle and George built a thriving practice that specialized in personality changes caused by Formaldehyde and other commonly used industrial chemicals. Upon retiring, they moved to Seabeck and have stayed in the area since.
George has always been inquisitive and industrious. He loved a rural life and though he was a celebrated physician he loved to: Come home, feed his cows, drive tractor, draw up plans & build structures, and repair anything that needed it. His life was a celebration of living inside traditions while pushing boundaries.
His life will be celebrated with a Mass at Bremerton’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 8/30/2019 at 11a.m. George was involved with the Knights of Columbus and a 4th Level Chalice Ceremony will precede the Mass and start at 1045 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, George wanted those celebrating his life to make donations to either:
Holy Trinity (building fund)
PO Box 910
Tracyton, WA 98393
200 SE 1st St #800
Miami, FL 33131