Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gerald “Jerry” Koverman, 77, of Ansonia, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.He was born on October 20, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Cletus and Angeline (Weis) Koverman. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Monnin; and his nephew, Dwight Wenning; in-laws, Victor Hoelscher and Deb Koverman.Jerry was a 1958 graduate of Minster High School. He was a 1962 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and was a member of the Darke County Ohio State Alumni. He taught Vocational Agriculture at Ansonia High School for 34 years, and was the voice of the Tigers for over 50 years. Jerry was a member of the Ansonia Village Council for 10 years and mayor of Ansonia for 17 years. In 1985, Jerry was honored as Outstanding Agriculture Teacher in the State of Ohio. He served as treasurer of the Ohio Vo-Ag Teachers Association. Jerry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights Of Columbus #1796 in Greenville, Ansonia Parks Committee, Ansonia FFA Alumni, Ohio and Darke County Mayor’s Association, and Darke County Community Improvement Corporation. He was the clerk for the Ansonia Area Joint Ambulance District and was a courier for Greenville National Bank. Jerry enjoyed The Darke County Fair where he was actively involved.Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth (Kuether) Koverman of Ansonia, whom he married June 27, 1964; his children, Kimberly (John) Hershey of Greenville, Christine (Daren) Brubaker of Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly (Curt) Otte of Maria Stein, Ohio, and Michael (Amanda) Koverman of Minford, Ohio; his grandchildren, Jessica (Misti) McEldowney, Ashley McEldowney, Olivia (Scott) MacNutt; Abby (Michael) Hempel, Austin Brubaker; Nicole, Sarah, Rachel, Emily, Nathan, and Kaitlyn Otte; Matthew, Mackenzie, and Garrett Koverman; his great-grandchildren, Michael and Charlotte Hempel; siblings, Dan Koverman, Kathy (Nick) Wenning of Mauldin, South Carolina, and Steve (Becky) Koverman of New Bremen, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Russ Monnin of Greenville; his in-laws, Ann (Mel) Kremer of St. Henry, Ohio, Kathy Hoelscher of Yorkshire, Ohio, Martha (Lanny) Brenner of Greenville, and Mike (Linda) Kuether of Yorkshire, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.Jerry loved fishing, golfing, playing softball, bowling, playing cards, and most of all spending time with his family. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns fan.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville.Family and friends may visit from 3 – 8 PM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes at the Greenville campus, and from 9 – 10 AM on Friday also at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart, 1350 North Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or to The Jerry Koverman Memorial Scholarship Fund with donations being accepted at the funeral home.
There is problem with burning bridges behind you.It’s easy to become frustrated and react by giving someone a piece of your mind. When relationships are challenging, sometimes the easiest answer looks like blowing up the relationship and burning the bridges behind you.You can burn down bridges in your personal relationships, your work relationships, and even your sales relationships. In the heat of the moment you can overreact and go to far. You can also act exactly as you wish in that moment, burning down the bridges and completely leveling the relationship. The person (or people) that were on the other side of that bridge can no longer reach you (as if they would want to).The problem with burning bridges behind you is that to get back across you have to build a new bridge.Building a new bridge requires an enormous effort. First you have to apologize for burning (or blowing up) the bridge in the first place. The bigger and nastier the explosion you made when burning down that bridge, the more work it’s going to take for your apology to be accepted. Then you have to start making deposits in the relationships so you can brick by brick and step-by-step rebuild the bridge. You have to build the bridge and find your way back across.But you don’t have to burn down the bridge in the first place. There’s really nothing to be gained. But there’s quite a bit to be lost. You can lose your ability to ever get back across to the other side. It makes more sense not to blow up the bridge in the first place. Instead work on patching up the damaged bridge you already have.QuestionsHave you ever burned a bridge behind you?Have you ever had the experience of needing that bridge later?How do you rebuild the bridges that you’ve burned down?How can you end relationships in a healthier way? A way that preserves the bridge, should you ever want it.