Jerome F. Hausmann, 97
March 4, 1917 -- Jan. 20, 2015
Jerome F. “Jerry” Hausmann of West Bend went to join his wife on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Cedar Community at the age of 97. He was born March 4, 1917, at his parent’s farm in the town of Trenton in Washington County.
He was baptized, confirmed and attended Holy Angels Catholic School in West Bend. He graduated from West Bend High School with the class of 1936.
He worked on his parent’s farm until becoming a mechanic for Van Beek and Prechtel Motors in West Bend.
He was a World War II veteran, serving his country in the Army from July 24, 1941, until Oct. 19, 1945. During his service he rose to the rank of T4 sergeant tank mechanic as part of the 5th Armored Division’s 47th Field Artillery. He spent 20 months in the European Theater before being honorably discharged.
Upon his return home he returned to work at Van Beek Motors for 10 years. After a short time at White House Milk he became the engineer for the West Bend Lithia Brewery, where he worked for 15 years. Jerry then worked in maintenance for the Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co., where he stayed for nearly 14 years, until his retirement on March 5, 1982.
On June 29, 1946, Jerry married Anna Irene Schmitt at St. Killian Catholic Church. For the first four years they lived in Barton, before buying their home of over 40 years on South Seventh Avenue, West Bend. In 1990, they moved to Sandra Lane, West Bend, and then eventually to Cedar Lake Home.
While living on Seventh Avenue they raised three children, Jean, Shirley and Mark. Shirley was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 30, 1968.
Jerry is survived by his daughter Jean (James) Gorman of West Bend and son Mark (Becky) Hausmann of Davenport, Iowa. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jeff (Jo) Meyer of Maplewood, Minnesota, Jill (Brian) Zimmerman of Watertown, Callie (Peter) Helfrich of Oconomowoc, Kelsey Hausmann of Oceanside, California and Max Hausmann of Chicago; and four great-grandchildren, Justin, Jessica and Jordan Meyer, and Katelyn Zimmerman. He is further survived by his sister Bernice Wollner, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Roman Puestow, Rose Kuehl, and Fritz and Rita Schmitt; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his beloved wife Anna, daughter Shirley, brother Leroy, sister Lorraine Puestow and son-inlaw John Meyer.
Jerry and Anna were long-time parishioners at Holy Angels Catholic Parish. He was also a member of many organizations including: The Wisconsin Campers Association, West Bend Kettle Campers Chapter, Wisconsin Bell Pioneers of America, The Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus and the Fred A. Schaefer Post 1393 VFW.
During his life Jerry and Anna lived their lives to the fullest enjoying, among many interests, camping, fishing, traveling, playing cards and woodworking.
Jerry was loved by many and a dear friend to countless others. He was always willing to help out wherever he could.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 24, at Holy Angels Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until the KC vigil at 10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. with burial following in Holy Angels Cemetery. Memorials to The Threshold Inc., the Holy Angels School Trust Fund, Cedar Community, St. Vincent DePaul or Family Promise of Washington County are appreciated.
“A special thanks to the staff at Cedar Bay East for all their wonderful care and love for our father.”
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.