Jack Weissgerber

The 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 Commerce.

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 Bureau.

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 www.harderfuneralhome.com.

Harder Funeral Home is serving the family. For further information, call 262-781-8350.