Jerome “Shorty” Held, 96, passed on to his heavenly home on Friday, May 29, 2015, at The Kathy’s Hospice after suffering a stroke. Jerome was born on Sept. 12, 1918, to Henry and Anna. He married Dolores F. Gundrum on Nov. 15, 1941. They were blessed with a long, wonderful marriage before her passing on March 31, 2013.
He is survived by seven children, Beth (John) Bacik Sr., Margaret Held, Jean (Andy) Knoll, Sue (Joe) Zuern, Jim (Mary) Held, Annette (Peter Schulz) Held and Tony (Karen) Held; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Jerome was preceded in death by Dolores; their daughter, Mary (Ed) Reidell; his parents; and parents-in-law, Joseph and Anna Gundrum. He is the last of his siblings, Frances Panten, Walter, Robert, Raymond, Edward, Eugene, Marie Mullen, Dorothy Lorch, Margaret Wagner and James.
Jerome raised his family in the Slinger area, resided in Hartford and lived at Cedar Bay East until his stroke. He was a lifetime member and oldest member of St. Peter’s Parish, where he served as one of the first parish council members. For many years, Jerome was a talented auto body repairman. He eventually worked for the Slinger School District in the maintenance department. To this day, many former students and teachers remember “Shorty.” During World War II, Jerome was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, as an aviation metalsmith first class. He was very proud of his and his brother Jim’s service to our country. In 2012, he was privileged to participate in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He was a handyman who could fix anything, which contributed greatly in raising eight children. Working long hours and sacrificing much, his family always came first. He taught many the value of hard work and the pride of accomplishment, and he was admired for his honesty and integrity.
Visitation will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (200 E. Washington St., Slinger) on Sunday, May 31, from 2:30-5:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. A private inurnment will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the School Sisters of St. Francis (1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215) and St. Peter’s Capital Campaign (checks made to St. Peter’s Parish, Slinger, WI).
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.