Gerald E. Brookman

April 27, 1929 – Nov. 9, 2011

Gerald E. Brookman of the Town of Brookfield found peace Nov. 9, 2011 at the age of 82.

Elsa, his loving wife of 54 years, preceded him in death.

Gerald was the cherished father of Renee (Dave) Steckbauer, Brenda (Bill) Megna, Doreen (Tim) Wendlandt; proud grandfather to Kathlyn (Joe) Parry, Jered (Emily) Steckbauer, Carolyn (Mike) and Bryant Megna, and Evan and Morgan Wendlandt. He was the loving great-grandfather to Caiden, Brynn, and "Emmy."

He is further survived by sisters-in-law Frieda (Reinhold) Kern and Ilse Kluge.

Retired from the Milwaukee Journal at age 58, Jerry and Elsa divided their time between Waukesha and Naples, Fa.

One of the defining events of his life was his service as a U,S. Marine in the Korean War, enlisting for two tours of duty and surviving winter in the Chosin Reservoir.

A private family service is planned. For those who wish, memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation of Wisconsin, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, or the charity of your choice.

We love you and carry you in our hearts.

Semper Fi, Dad.