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Gerald L. Toshalis

March 1, 1944 – July 11, 2023

Retired Elder, Rev. Dr. Gerald “Jerry” L. Toshalis, passed away on July 11, 2023.

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the death of Retired Elder, Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Toshalis, who passed away on July 11, 2023. We will miss his loving, kind, encouraging, and insightful presence, as well as his warmth and companionship.

Many have known and appreciated Jerry’s gifts as a United Methodist pastor in Michigan. Previously, as a pastoral counselor, he provided individual and marital counseling and administrated two Samaritan Centers (Elkhart, IN & San Diego, CA). Since returning to Michigan, Jerry has provided spiritual direction and consultation for churches in conflict or transition. And, throughout his career, he was also involved in contemplative leadership, community organization, staff development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, trust enhancement, and polarity management.

Jerry is survived by his wife (Barbara) of 57 years, his sister Leanne (Terry), his son Eric (Sarah), his daughter Kristine (Dione), and two grandsons, Mason and Griffin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14 at 11 AM at Kalamazoo First UMC, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Friends are welcome to visit with the family in the parlor room at 10 AM. 

Donations in Jerry’s name may be sent to:
First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo 
Southern Poverty Law Center 

You may extend condolences to the family at:
Barbara Toshalis
4305 Persian Wood Dr

*Toshalis, Gerald L. (Barbara) – DECEASED [(RE) D 1968; FE 1973; RE 2006] Voluntary Location 1971; Readmitted 1972; Personal Growth Ministry, Grand Rapids Community Counseling 1972; Director, Samaritan Health and Living Center 1979; First UMC, San Diego CA 1990; Grand Rapids: Trinity (Assoc) 1992; Grandville 2001; Grand Rapids: Aldersgate (Interim) 2005; Retired 2006.

Last Updated on July 19, 2023

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