Gerald "Jerry" C. Gosenheimer

Gerald "Jerry" C. Gosenheimer of Grafton and St. Petersburg, Fla. died of cancer at the age of 75 on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. In accordance with his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held on Monday, March 5, at the Radisson Hotel (Highway 100 and North Avenue), from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Jerry was born on May 5, 1931, son of Carl and Irene (nee Chrostowski) Gosenheimer in Milwaukee. As a saxophone player in a dance band, he met Dorothy Ann Stempfhuber and married her on May 17, 1952, at Bethany Church in Milwaukee.

Jerry had a long career of 34 years in the Milwaukee Public Schools. He started out as an elementary teacher at various public schools. Later, he became the principal of Green Bay Avenue School and then Lincoln Avenue School, where he retired in 1990. Jerry spent his life enjoying listening to music, whether at concerts or on his hundreds of cassettes and CDs.

He leaves behind an empty chair at the jazz festivals throughout the United States, from Sacramento, Calif. to Clearwater, Fla.

He also enjoyed vacations and traveling throughout the United States and going on many cruises.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; his daughters Terry Crevensten (Robert) of Cedarburg, Patricia Gosenheimer (Virgie Nutt) of Seminole, Fla. and Gloria "Gigi" Hafemann (Jon) of Grafton; his grandchildren Benjamin and Samantha Crevensten, and Kathryn and Andrew Hafemann; and his brother James Gosenheimer (Joan) of Hernando Fla. He is further survived by many friends, card players and those that he passed and greeted while on his walks.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army or the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast would be appreciated.