Jerry Catania, influential art educator, glass artist and creative presence in the Southwest Michigan art scene, passed peacefully at home in Fairplain on May 13, 2020, with his loving wife, Kathy, incredible brother, Bob, and beloved dog, Frida, by his side. He was 74.

Jerry was born in Chicago to Louis and Josephine (Soldano) Catania. The family moved to Stevensville when Jerry was 5. He grew up with Lake Michigan in his backyard, in an era when he was allowed to freely roam the beach until dinner. This started his love affair with the lake, a theme often reflected in his artwork.