Jerry L. Janssen

June 25, 1916 - Oct. 13, 2008

Jerry L. Janssen of Woodruff, formerly of Mukwonago, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, in Woodruff. He was 92. Jerry was born in Milwaukee on June 25, 1916, the son of Ralph and Julia Janssen.

In 1939, he married Lorraine R. Engel.

Jerry served in the Army Combat Engineers at Fort Lewis, Wash., during World War II.

He was a 26-year member of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the last 12 years as captain. He was the first to hold that position when the undersheriff position went to Civil Service.

Jerry was past master of the Laflin Lodge No. 247 F. & A.M. in Mukwonago, past patron of the Hurley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Mercer and a member of the Tripoli Shrine.

After retiring in 1972, he moved to Manitowish Waters, where he was twice president of the Manitowish Waters Lions Club. He also served the town as assessor, town clerk, sanitation inspector and supervisor.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

After 34 years, he moved to Woodruff in 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lorraine; a daughter, Judith (Fred) Purdy; a son, Charles (Carol) Janssen; one sister, Joan Pisarek of Texas; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Yvonne (Phillip) Kollaszar and Georgiana (Douglas) Klicko; a sister, Dolores Hembrook; and a brother, Raphael Janssen.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 10:45 a.m. memorial service Monday, Oct. 20, conducted by the Laflin/St. James Lodge No. 247 F. & A.M., followed by the Rev. Suellen Myers, all at Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral Home, 315 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. Burial of Jerry’s ashes will follow at Oak Knoll Cemetery, Mukwonago. The ashes of Jerry’s daughter, Georgiana, who died Oct. 7, 2005, will be interred at this time also.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.