The Rev. Jerome A. Rinzel, 76
July 4, 1938 -- Dec. 25, 2014

The Reverend Jerome A. RinzelThe Rev. Jerome A. Rinzel, 76, of West Bend, entered into eternal life at his home on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014. He was born on the family homestead in Germantown, on July 4, 1938, to the late Arthur and Marie (nee Lorenz) Rinzel.

Father Jerry attended St. Mary’s grade school in Menomonee Falls, St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, then St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1964.

Over the years he served as associate pastor at St. Lawrence Catholic Parish and Our Lady of Good Hope, both in Milwaukee, then as pastor of St. Killian’s in Hartford, St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenosha, 12 years at Holy Angels in West Bend, St. Leonard’s in Muskego, and the Tri-Parishes of Southwestern Dodge County. In his retirement, he assisted in Mass at St. Peter in Slinger, Resurrection in Allenton and St. Matthias Mission Church in New Fane, as well as several other parishes.

He is survived by his sister, Mary (King) Riffel of West Bend; two brothers, Daniel (Anne) Rinzel of Arlington, Virginia, and Steve (Patricia) Rinzel of Germantown; a brother-inlaw, Floyd Babcock of Mauston; eight nieces, Suzanne Swan, Mary (Thomas) Garity, Karen (Brent) Jurkowski, Laura (Phil) Braden, Juliene (Alan) Hefter, Maria (James) Andersen, Jennifer (Jon) Seboe and Theresa Rinzel; five nephews, William (Christina) Babcock, Daniel (Melanie) Rinzel Jr., Steven (Jill) Riffel, Joseph (Francine) Rinzel and Brock Stevens; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marie; and a sister, Joan Babcock.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Jerry will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. Eighth Ave.) West Bend. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, presiding, the Rev. Wayne Bittner, the Rev. John Yockey and the Rev. Joe Debski, concelebrating.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 12:30-4:45 p.m.

Burial will be on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Matthias Mission Church Cemetery, New Fane.

Memorials to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum – Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at