Gerald Paul Onak

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Onak, Gerald Paul Passed away June 23, 2008 at the age of 55 at his home in Torrance following a hard fought 2 ½ year battle with cancer. He was born February 23, 1953 in Harvey, Illinois. After obtaining his BSEE from the University of Illinois in 1976, Gerry moved to the South Bay. Gerry obtained his MBA from Loyola Marymount soon after. Gerry was a career employee at TRW/Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach contributing to the RF design and development of some of our nation's most sophisticated satellite payloads. Gerry will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and his love of his family, cooking, basketball, the ocean, gardening, and anything home repair. He was the rock of our family. While we miss him so much, we are truly thankful he is now pain-free in the arms of our Lord. Gerry is survived by his wife, Lynne Ann Onak; his children Jonathan Paul Onak of San Antonio, TX, Michael Charles Onak of Torrance, and Melissa Ann Onak of Torrance; his mother, Mary Monica Onak of Posen, IL; and his sister, Joan Marie Onak of Palos Heights, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Frank Onak. A viewing for Gerry will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Memorial service will be Monday, June 30, 2008, at 3:00 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 21100 Victor Street, Torrance. Interment will follow on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Green Hills Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the doctors and other medical staff at Kaiser Permanente, including the hospice staff, for their constant caring and compassion. The family plans to memorialize Gerry through the purchase of a resting bench along one of the pathways at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. In lieu of flowers donations toward Gerry's memorial bench can be sent to: San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112 to the Attention of Laura Arenas. Checks can be made payable to the Zoological Society of San Diego. Donors should make sure that they reference the donation is for the Gerald Onak memorial.

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  1. Lynn, Melissa, Jonathon, Michael & Mom & Sister, You are in our prayers. God bless you and give you peace. May the wonderul memories of Gerry help you get through the difficult times.

  2. Our prayers are with all of Gerry’s family and friends. I knew him at TRW as a friend, basketball player and engineer. He was always a positive force in all he did. I will miss him.

  3. Dearest Lynne & Melissa, Gerry was a wonderful person and an amazing father.He will be greatly missed, forever cherished and always remembered. His memory will live on in our hearts

  4. Lynn and Melissa and family, Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless you and sustain you during this time. The Francis Family

  5. I met Gerry over 25 years ago at TRW/NGC. I didn’t see Gerry for a long time, and even though it was over 20 years before I saw him again, he looked the same to me, just his hair had gotten white. Unfortunately, I was only in O3 for a short time when Gerry shared with us that he was sick. We kept in touch through all of Gerry’s treatments and marveled at his return to work months later. He really fought the cancer as long as his body could. I lost my mom-in-law in February. We were very close, and although I miss her greatly, I have pictures, cards, letters, and memories to enjoy of her. I hope your family will be able to stay close and use your memories to get through this most difficult time. My prayers and kind thoughts are with all of you. I will miss Gerry too. Linda Martin

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