Gerald A. ‘Jerry’ Baalrud
Oct. 30, 1920 - Feb. 5, 2007
Gerald A. "Jerry" Baalrud of Waukesha died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at AngelsGrace Hospice, at age 86. Jerry was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Blair, the son of Gilbert and Agnes (nee Hansen) Baalrud. He married Phyllis Jane Wisner on June 9, 1947; she preceded him in death in 1978. Jerry later married Mary Jane McCarragher on March 17, 1979, in Waukesha.
He was a 1938 graduate of Tomahawk High School, and went on to the University of Wisconsin Extension in Merrill for one year. Next, Jerry spent two years at Wright Junior College in Chicago, then one year at Concordia Lutheran College in River Forest, Ill. He finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, graduating in 1947 with a degree in education. Jerry later received a master’s degree in administration from UWM in 1957. After his schooling, he worked in the Waukesha Public School System as an elementary school teacher and principal from 1947 until his retirement in 1980.
Jerry served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 721 in Waukesha and a member of the American Legion in Rome. He was involved in many organizations such as the PTA, WEA, NEA and the Sons of Norway. He also was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha. Jerry will be fondly remembered for his love of family, singing and traveling. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and spending time up north at his cottage. He had a great interest for historical places and events; his Norwegian heritage was very important to him.
Jerry will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Jane of Waukesha; two daughters, Sue (Pat) Hayes of Menasha and Karen Baalrud of Green Bay; two stepchildren, Bridget Tietz of Sullivan and Ward (Marie) McCarragher of Chevy Chase, Md.; grandchildren, Chris Hayes, Kirsten (Luis) Bennett de Murgas, Kara (Paul) Bennett-Boehm, Brandon (Michelle) Hayes, Erick Bennett, Ryan McCarragher and Colin McCarragher; great-grandchildren, Nicol‡s and Isabela; a sister, Harriet LeClair of Tomahawk; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis; his parents; and a sister, Margaret Krueger.
Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Ed Ruen will officiate. A VFW memorial service, provided by Post 721 of Waukesha, will begin at 1:50 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Church (address above) or the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation - Regional Cancer Center or Heart Care Center, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Federico Sanchez, Dr. Sanjay Singh, the CHF Clinic at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and the staff at AngelsGrace Hospice for their kind and loving care.
For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.