Gary F. Gerhartz

Gary F. Gerhartz, 66, of the town of Kewaskum, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at Villa Loretto Hospice in Mt. Calvary.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1941, in Stockbridge, the son of the late Lewis and Ruby (Hostettler) Gerhartz.

Gary attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and high school in Stockbridge, and was a 1964 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

On Aug. 8, 1964, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Hemauer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stockbridge.

In 1964, Gary began teaching music in the Kewaskum School District and retired in 2001 after 37 years of service.

Gary was also employed for many years by the Department of Natural Resources during the summer.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum, where he served as director of the traditional choir for many years.

Gary was also a member of the Moraine Chorus, Ayer Ensemble, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus Father Casper Rehrl Council 1964 West Bend, Habitat for Humanity, Fox Valley Mission to Nicaragua and a past member of Musical Masquers.

Gary enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, music, singing and ice cream.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his wife, his family and by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; three sons, Daniel (Jennifer) Gerhartz of the town of Auburn, Steven (Sherry) Ger-hartz and David (JoAnne) Gerhartz, both of West Bend; six grandchildren, Nicolai, Anastasia, Aleksandr, Sophia, Abigail and Frederick Gerhartz; three brothers, Delmar (Ruth) Gerhartz and Marvin (Phyllis) Gerhartz, both of Stockbridge, and Lyle (Betty) Gerhartz of Dar-boy; four sisters, Lula Schoen of Stockbridge, Armella (Randy) Thiel of Chilton, Bernita (Robert) Perry and Donna (Jack) Comerford, both of Fond du Lac; other relatives, colleagues and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald; a sister, Irmine (Donald) Denslow; an infant sister, Althea Gerhartz; and a brother-in-law, Howard Schoen.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gary will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum.

Father Edwin Kornath will officiate and cremation will follow.

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum is serving the family.

Additional information and guest book may be found at

Gary’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the care providers at Villa Loretto Nursing Home, Hospice Home of Hope, Froedtert Hospital and to Froedtert Hospital East Clinic and all their relatives, neighbors and friends.