Jerome "Jerry" W. Czisny

A Mass of Christian burial for Jerome "Jerry" W. Czisny of Cedarburg was celebrated yesterday at St. Francis Borgia (South) Catholic Church in Cedarburg. Jerry passed away on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007 at the age of 82. Father Thomas Eichenberger celebrated the Mass and visitation was held at the church prior to the service. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 23, at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg served the family.

Jerome Walter Czisny was born on March 26, 1925 in Milwaukee. He was the fifth of nine children of the late John and Anna (nee Polczynski) Czisny.

Jerry was part of the "greatest generation," growing up during the Great Depression and World War II. He started working at age 10 and left school after eighth grade to help support his parents and siblings during the depression.

At age 17, Jerry volunteered to serve his country in World War II by enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving as an aircraft radio operator in the European Theatre. He served the duration of the war and was honorably discharged as a second class petty officer.

After the war, Jerry returned to Cedarburg and finished high school in two and one-half years and graduated with honors. At Cedarburg High School he met the love of his life, Kathryn Bach. They were married in Cedarburg in 1949.

Beginning in 1952, Jerry literally built the house in which he and Kathryn raised their eight children. He started working for the U.S. Post Office while still in high school and, after 40 years, retired from the postal service in 1986.

Jerry loved to travel, he loved to ride his bike and, most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Kathryn (nee Bach) Czisny. He is also survived by their children John Czisny, Joan (Charles) Lawton, Jean (Martin) Moore, Susan (John) Long, Patti (Bruce) Klainot, Paul Czisny (Carmen Heider), Mary (Robert) Adashek and Thomas Czisny; his sister Marion Bartell; and his brothers Charles (Marianne) Czisny and Robert (Pearl) Czisny. He is further survived by 20 dear grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, ne-phews, other relatives and many friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by five brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.