Gerald E. Mair
Oct. 6, 1948 — May 1, 2015

Gerald E. MairGerald E. Mair passed away peacefully on May 1, 2015, at the age of 66. He was the dearest brother of Claudia (David) Hansen and Mary Lou (Gerald) Peffier and caring best friend of Juddie Brandes. Jerry will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor; his father, James; and his brothers Tommy and Jimmy.

It’s hard to know how many lives Jerry Mair has touched. Whether he sold you a remembrance poppy, waved to you from his prime seat at the Memorial Day parade, met you at the door at Careers Industries, shared pride in your Packers and Brewers on his hat, made you a button box, shared his holiday treats with you, surprised you with some creative and colorful words, or all of the above, Jerry made you smile and touched your heart.

His slow-moving physique hid a quick wit and a sleight of hand that could pick up a quarter before you even knew you dropped it. His cookbooks, his hat collection, and the tiny treasures he collected in his pockets were the stuff of legends. His kind soul and spark of mischief had a charm to melt your heart: if you received a button box with a quarter in it, you knew you meant a lot to him to receive such a generous gift. If you discovered the quarter was hot-glued into place, you also knew he was somewhere wondering out loud if you had discovered his little surprise, and laughing his mischievous laugh.

Jerry reminded us to celebrate life on a level we sometimes forget. Just days ago he once again reminded us to look for that first spring dandelion. He brought excitement and joy into every day of the year in the ways he celebrated the seasons and embodied the spirit of the holidays to the maximum. He will live on in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched, in every spring’s first dandelion, in the stars and stripes on the fourth of July, in the songs of Christmas, in the Valentine cupids. We’ll hear his laugh in every Halloween knick-knack that jumps out to scare us; we’ll see his smile when we find ourselves celebrating the little things.

A gathering will be held on Saturday, May 30, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago, from 10 a.m. until the time of memorial service at 12 noon. A procession to St. Peters Cemetery will immediately follow services.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 262-363-7126 or visit online at