Gerald R. Schamens

June 26, 1948 Sept. 24, 2012

Gerald R. (Jerry) Schamens was born to eternal life Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Jerry was born in Milwaukee on June 26, 1948, to Ralph and Severa Schamens.

He graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1967. He was employed by Cooper Power Industries (formerly RTE) from 1971 to 1999.

Jerry had a passion for collecting and restoring classic cars. He was a member of The Losers Car Club and the Cadillac and LaSalle Club. His favorite car was his 1940 Chevy. Club members and friends with classic cars are invited to please drive their car to his funeral for a final car show. Jerry also had a passion for hunting and very much enjoyed fishing (especially with his grandkids).

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Barbara Gates-Schamens of Mukwonago; his daughter, Julie (Mark) Toole of Genesee; son, Jason (Wendy) Schamens of Waukesha; brother, Allen (Karen) Schamens of Waukesha; stepchildren, Mike (Sue) Gates of Eagle and Matt (Heather) of Watertown; and mother-inlaw, Dorothy Storms of Waukesha. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Cameron, Austin, Ben, Steven, Jacob and Sydney, and many other close friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Severa Schamens, and Geraldine Schamens.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. service Saturday, Sept. 29, at Kettle Moraine Community Church, W351-S6480 Highway 59, North Prairie, WI 53153 (392-9000), with the Rev. Tom Hocking officiating. A private burial will be held at Highland Memorial Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 1.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary or leave condolences.