Jean A. Ferch

Sept. 14, 1928 – Sept. 14, 2013

Jean A. Ferch of Waukesha passed away on her 85th birthday Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at AngelsGrace Hospice. She was born in Kenosha on Sept. 14, 1928, the daughter of J. Douglas and Ava (Pratt) Joslin.

In 1950, Jean was united in marriage to Ralph L. Ferch. Prior to working, Jean stayed at home raising her three children.

Jean had been employed as a text librarian for Waukesha Public Schools. She was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jean had been a volunteer at the Waukesha Library for many years. She enjoyed biking, knitting, genealogy, was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge, but most of all she was very proud of her children and grandchildren.

Surviving Jean are her loving children, Kenneth (Cindy) Ferch, Elena Ferch and Carol (Mike) Rose; six grandchildren, Lauren (Juan) Huyke, Mischa Sequoia, Matthew, Spencer, Adam and Abby Rose; and one great-granddaughter, Annalee Huyke. Also surviving is her dear friend of many years, Jim Harris.

Jean is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; Douglas Joslin; and her loving husband, Ralph L. Ferch, who died in 1976.

The visitation for Jean will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Andrew Fetters will be officiating.

Interment will take place at 2:15 p.m. Friday at Green Ridge Cemetery, 6604 Seventh Ave., Kenosha (please meet at the cemetery office).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Jean may be given to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (please see address above); the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Highway P, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

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