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Gerald Vierling, 45, Waveland

Colette and Gerald 'Jerry' Vierling, hurricane Katrina Victims
Colette Vierling
Gerald Vierling
Jerry Vierling
Colette and Gerald 'Jerry' Vierling, hurricane Katrina Victims Colette Vierling Gerald Vierling Jerry Vierling

WAVELAND --- Jerry Vierling is remembered as a good fisherman who loved the outdoors and truly loved children.

"He loved his two stepsons and three grandchildren, and they loved him," said his mother, Evelyn Reyer. "Jerry was a bit of a vagabond. He liked to travel."Vierling, 45, was a commercial fisherman, especially into shrimping and oystering before he was practically blinded by glaucoma.

"He was sometimes a showboat and liked to play jokes on his mama," she said. "I remember him in a school talent show in overalls and pretending to play a guitar."

He and his wife, Colette, loved animals and adopted two Chihuahua-mix puppies, Sassy and Little Man, from the Humane Society, Reyer recalled. "He worked part-time at the Humane Society to pay for the pets. Unfortunately they were lost in Katrina, too."

His stepson, Edward Roberts Jr., said Vierling taught him to shrimp and was good with the boats and at picking shrimp. "He was my good friend."

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