Jerome W. ‘Jerry’ Bernhardt
Aug. 30, 1938 – Jan. 21, 2014
Jerry W. “Jerry” Bernhardt died peacefully on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Lynnwood of Delafield at the age of 75 years. He was born on August 30, 1938, in Brookfield, the son of William and Loretta Bernhardt. Jerry was a proud United States Air Force veteran. He was a drummer from the time he was a young boy, and played throughout his commission in the Air Force and well into his life as a member of a local Milwaukee band.
Jerry was employed by Railway Express Agency (REA) and Waukesha County, from which he retired in the mid ’90s, thereafter traveling extensively. He resided in Johnson City, Tenn., for a period of time, but returned to Waukesha County in 2006. Jerry was also a longtime volunteer to political candidates, freely volunteering many hours of service. Perhaps the one thing that best defines Jerry is his devotion to the Green Bay Packers.
Jerry will be missed by his children, William “Bill” (Diane) Bernhardt, Kim (Kevin) Jacques, Mary Bernhardt- Luedtke, Carol Lamarche, Mike (Tracy) Bernhardt and Paula (Dan) Oldenborg; his 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Barbara Kloman. He is further survived by his loving companion and dear friend, Cynthia Swedell.
The services for Jerry will be held privately at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, with full military honors.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.