life of Jack Weissgerber was the epitome of those values that we hold
dear when we appraise the virtues of an extraordinary human being. Jack
lived his life committed to service and goodwill, generous with time and
support for his community, determined to make a difference through
selfless dedication, motivated by a strong work ethic, guided by
determination and perseverance. He was born to eternal life on Sunday,
June 30, 2013.
Jack reflected on his life’s achievements with sincere and humble
understanding that his legacy would be his service to his fellow man.
Jack’s life reflected the broad diversity of formative experiences
through his 75 years on this earth. He was born in Yugoslavia, with
primary and secondary education in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
and Germany. He immigrated to America and arrived in Milwaukee in 1956.
He was a graduate electrical engineer from UW-Madison in 1966. He spoke
English, German, French and Croatian.
He married Linda in 1962, and raised three wonderful children:
Christine, Ramona and Mark.
From 1966 through 1978, Jack was engaged in an international career as a
project-application engineer working with hydro and nuclear power plant
installations for Allis-Chalmers and Siemens in India, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany and the United States. He left the
manufacturing industry in 1978 to join the Weissgerber Restaurant family
and real estate investments to participate in the expansion of the
Golden Mast, the acquisition of the Seven Seas, the development of
Gasthaus, Third Street Pier Restaurants and the Edelweiss cruise dining
restaurant operations in downtown Milwaukee. He was the co-owner and
developer of the Weissgerber Real Estate Properties in Wisconsin and
Florida. He developed and opened the Seabird Restaurant on June 8, 2004,
at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.
He was the recipient of the 1996 Immigrant Citizen of the Year Award
bestowed by the International Institute of Wisconsin, and of the 2003
Top Ten Small Business Award for newly expanded Seven Seas Restaurant
given by Business Times magazine and Greater Waukesha Chamber of
Jack served in the Wisconsin National Guard as Instructor of military
leadership and training officer for young officer candidates at the
Wisconsin Military Academy. He was a member of the adjutant general
staff and was commanding officer of Wisconsin’s only fully equipped
signal company, located in Waukesha.
Jack’s community and civic affiliations included the following: Director
of the Wisconsin Center District Board, overseeing the financing, design
and construction of Milwaukee’s Convention Center, serving as vice
chairman for 10 years.
A public member of the Special Study Committee on the future of Nuclear
Power for the state of Wisconsin.
He was a founding member of the Milwaukee Riverwalk District Executive
Board, served on the Milwaukee and Waukesha Convention and Visitors
Co-founder and former chairman of United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee
German Societies and former member of board of directors – Goethe Haus
and co-chair of the German American Cultural Foundation. He was a member
of the Governor’s Commission on Sister States and member of the board of
directors of Hessen-Wisconsin Society, Inc., and cochair of German
American Cultural Foundation.
Former Wisconsin Major League Soccer Player, president of Milwaukee
Sport Club and commissioner of Wisconsin Soccer Association.
Served on Governor’s Commission for Education for the 21st Century
during the calendar year of 1990 and with the Arrowhead High School
District in Hartland in 1991.
Organized and successfully executed the catering operation for President
Bush’s whistle stop train trip through Wisconsin on Oct. 31, 1992,
drawing on experience and staff of all four Weissgerber restaurants.
Since 1980, Jack and his wife, Linda, and their children have dedicated
their lives to welcoming and serving their guests at their Seven Seas
Restaurant on Nagawicka Lake in Delafield. Jack loved being with his
customers. He was filled with pride when serving and entertaining
customers in his beautiful restaurant. Many a sunset dinner at the Seven
Seas became a magical experience when Jack brought out his accordion to
serenade his guests.
His family is left behind with indelible memories of the romantic heart
and spirit of this man. His wife, Linda Weissgerber; his daughters,
Christine Weissgerber and Ramona (Dayn) Kummer; his son, Mark
Weissgerber; his father, Hans Weissgerber Sr.; his brother, Hans
Weissgerber Jr.; and his grandchildren, Sonya and Alyssa, will be
blessed forever, for having shared their lives with Jack.
Visitation will take place at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle
Drive, Hartland on Monday, July 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A
funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Wisconsin
Memorial Park, Brookfield. Please meet in the Red Parking Area. In lieu
of flowers, memorials to St.
Charles Catholic Church are appreciated. Condolences may be directed to
Harder Funeral Home is serving the family. For further information, call