Gerald G. Bethke

July 15, 1929 – Dec. 1, 2010

Gerald G. Bethke of Mukwonago passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the age of 81.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy. He was the loving dad of Anne Crane, Paul (Margaret) Bethke, Neil (Jane) Bethke, Karl (Janet) Bethke and Ellen Bethke; proud grandpa of Monica, Erin (David) Schuette, Joel, Kari, Jeremy, Eliot, Isabel, Violet, Adam, Erik, Jake; and great-grandpa of Nathan James. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Mukwonago United Church of Christ, S93-W30740 Highway NN, Mukwonago. A celebration of Gerald’s life will be held at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Habitat for Humanity in memory of Gerald Bethke, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709.

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