Gerald L. ‘Jerry’ Bartlein

March 21, 1935 – April 7, 2012

Gerald L. “Jerry” Bartlein of Butternut, formerly of Waukesha, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at the age of 77. Jerry was born in Milwaukee on March 21, 1935, son of Lawrence and Sylvia Bartlein.

On April 29, 1994, he married JoAnn Flint. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines. He was involved with the Marine Corps League and was the past state Marine Corps commandant and historian. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and playing pool.
Jerry will be dearly missed by his wife, JoAnn; children, Sharon (Doug) Vanderhei, Patti (Dennis) Poulakos, Ruth (Matt) Schneider, Britta Nell, Michael (Heather) Bartlein and Harvey (Brenda) Bartlein; grandchildren, Adam (Melissa) Vanderhei, Nathan and Nicholas (Monica) Poulakos, Greg, Amanda and Derek Nell, Hayley and Emilee Bartlein and Jenna Bartlein; great-grandchildren, Ryan Poulakos and Bradyn Vanderhei; brother, Jim (Karen) Belan; and sister, Donna Frederiksen. Jerry is further survived by other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen; infant daughter, Cynthia; son-in-law, Curt; parents, Lawrence Bartlein, Jim Sr. and Sylvia Belan; and a sister, Joyce.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service Friday, April 13, at the funeral home. The Rev. Gary Liedtke will officiate the service. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at Highland Memorial Park, New Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s name are appreciated by the family to be donated to a Wisconsin veterans organization.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com. Please call 542-6609 for more information.