Gerald Levi "Jerry" Sampica

Gerald Levi "Jerry" Sampica, 83, of West Bend entered into eternal peace on Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 at Cedar Lake Healthcare Center in the town of West Bend.

Jerry was born Sept. 27, 1922 to Ernest and Amanda (nee White) Sampica in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He attended Hartford Union High School. After graduation, he honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. When he returned home, he married Catherine Rudersdorf on May 4, 1945 in California, who preceded him in death on July 23, 1987.

Gerry went on to further his education at Milwaukee Area Technical College for tool and die. He became a dedicated employee at Masterlock for many years, retiring in 1980.

He married Mary Janzer (nee Brassor) on July 2, 1988 at St. Peterís Catholic Church in Slinger. Jerry loved to spend time hunting and fishing, but above all spending time with his family was the most important.

He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend and Hartford Senior Friends. In 1994, he was presented with the Most Honored Senior Citizen of Washington County Award.

Jerry has found a special spot in the hearts of his beloved wife, Mary Helen of West Bend; his loving children, Christine (Al) Petroff of Papillion, Neb., Jane (Richard) Langlois of Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Gerald Joel (Jerrie) Sampica of Neenah and Mary Catherine (Jack) Cocking of Oak Creek; his dear stepchildren, Anne (Lawrence) Pfeil of Lake Geneva, Theresa (Dr. James) Hasken of Richmond, Ill., and John (Beth) Janzer of St. Louis, Mo. eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Gerry is further survived by eight sisters, Bernice Paul of Duncanville, Texas, Ruth Timmer of Evansdale, Iowa, Grace (John) Taylor of Blue Eye, Mo. Mary Sampica of Boise, Idaho, Gloria (Tony) Joan of South San Francisco, Calif, Joyce McMurrin of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Phyllis (John) Derifield of Waterloo, Iowa and Marcia (Corky) Halverson of Evansdale, Iowa; and two brothers, Regis Sampica of Evansdale, Iowa and David (Christine) Sampica of Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, other very special relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine (nee Rudersdorf); his parents; his son, Timothy Sampica; two sisters, Kathryn and Theresa; and one brother, Bernard.

A Mass of Christian burial in honor of Jerry will be held at noon Monday at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend, with Father Gerald Brittain and Father Thomas Venne officiating.

Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, New Berlin.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on from 10 a.m. until noon, the time of Mass, Monday at the church only.

Memorials are appreciated in lieu of flowers to Holy Angels Catholic Church or Cedar Lake Healthcare Center, 5595 Highway Z, West Bend.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and nurses on Silverbrook and Paradise Cove at Cedar Lake Healthcare Center for the wonderful care and compassion offered.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.