Jerry R. Pflughoeft
Jerry R. Pflughoeft entered into eternal peace Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in his home surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born Dec. 1, 1942, to Walter and Helen (Zanzig) Pflughoeft. When Jerry was just an infant his mother passed away. Several years later his dad remarried Sylvia Heimann (Holmes), giving Jerry a new mom and two big brothers. He attended Rufus King High School and graduated in 1961, then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He served in the Army Reserves for eight years.
After working for several different companies as a transportation brokerage/salesman, he began his own transportation company named TOPSS in 1985, which still exists today thanks to some very dedicated employees.
Jerry met his wife, Jane (Bingen) while they were both members of the St. Mary’s choir in West Bend. They were married July 5, 1985, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Bend. They lived in West Bend until 1991 when they moved to their home in Slinger.
Jerry was very involved in his church both at St. Mary’s in West Bend and later at St. Mary of the Hill in Hubertus. He served as a member of the Parish Council and as a trustee and was an active member of the choir in both parishes. His faith and love of God were very important to him.
Jerry was an avid sports fan. He loved football, attending many Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badger games. He was a great fisherman, making a fishing trip to Canada an annual event with the guys.
Jerry and Jane enjoyed vacationing every summer. Some of their favorite trips were to Nova Scotia, Hawaii and they especially enjoyed traveling out West. Jerry and Jane loved spending time together. He was an avid sheepshead player, bowler, golfer and enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. He loved nature and animals, especially his two special Keeshond buddies: Missy and Buffy.
Although Jerry’s life was way too short, he lived life to the fullest. He was very involved in life. His love for others was clearly evident in his cheerful, friendly, positive attitude. Throughout his battle with cancer he still tried to stay positive and upbeat.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was often the event planner. He loved spending time with his children and his grandchildren.
Jerry is survived by his wife and best friend, Jane; his sons, Michael of Albany, New York, and David (Kristin) of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and grandchildren, Sarah (Segun) Lawal, Andrea, Logan and Eden Pflughoeft. He is further survived by his brothers, Walter Pflughoeft and Jim (Bev) Heimann; his sister-in-law, Elaine (Dave) Strachota; brothers-in-law, Steve (Michelle), John (Nancy) and Robert Bingen; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, sister, Pearl (Walter) Totsky; brother, William (Carol) Heimann; sister-in-law, Elaine Pflughoeft; and several nieces.
A Mass of resurrection to honor the life of Jerry will be held at the Basilica of Holy Hill Main Church, Level 3 (1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus), at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 with the Rev. Fred Alexander officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 4-6 p.m.
Interment will take place 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Connelly and the staff at the Cancer Care Center; Helene Springer, our faithful caregiver and friend; the Horizon Home Care and Hospice; the Rev. Fred Alexander and the parishioners for their prayers and support; all our family and friends; and an extra special thank you to Jerry’s sister-in-law, Elaine, for her constant love and support for both Jerry and Jane.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given to St. Mary of the Hill Parish (1515 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033) or the American Cancer Society (P.O. Box 902, Pewaukee, WI 53072).
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.