Lester V. Serre


April 24, 1927 - Nov. 17, 2012


Lester V. Serre, 85, a South Range resident, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.


He was born on April 24, 1927, in Milwaukee, to Lester J. and Bessie (Gray) Serre.

Lester served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

He married Geraldine “Gerry” Jones on May 12, 1951, in Cloquet, Minn., and celebrated 61 years of marriage.

He was employed as a piledriver at Edward E. Gillan Construction in Milwaukee for more than 40 years until his retirement.

Lester was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Superior. He also was a member of the Superior Elks Lodge No. 403, Knights of Columbus No. 499 and was a member of the Elks Lodge and Knights of Columbus while in Waukesha. He was a former member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha, where he ushered for more than 28 years, and the Milwaukee Carpenters Union for more than 50 years.

He enjoyed bowling and was a league member of the bowling association in Waukesha.

Lester is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry”; three daughters, RoseMarie (Russ) Koth of Slinger, Dorothy Mae (Jeff) Lentz of Maple and Marjorie Beth (Jim) Stuart of Delafield; one son, Lester J. Serre of Fairchild; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Bryon) Nelson, Philip J. (Julie) Koth and Valerie L. Koth, Devrey Reimer, Stephen C. (Jessica) Koth, Andrew J. (Bianca) Koth and Danielle (Troy) Strong; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joanne (Bob) Sterzinger of St. Cloud, Minn.


He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lois, Betty and Cleo; and a brother James “Jerry” Serre.


Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church and continue until the noon Mass of Christian burial, with the Rev. Leon Flaherty as celebrant.


Pallbearers for the service will be Lester’s grandchildren, and Tom and Jerry Peterman will be recognized as honorary pallbearers.


Downs-LeSage Funeral Home in Superior, 715-392-2139, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit