George J. Schalk Jr., 71

George J. Schalk Jr., 71 George J. Schalk Jr., age 71, passed away on Oct. 27, 2016. He was born on Aug. 13, 1945, to George and June (nee Thompson) Schalk.

George was known for his infectious laugh and magnetic personality that gravitated people toward him.

He always put a smile on the faces of those around him. If you didn’t know where George was, all you had to do was wait to hear his trademark laugh and you would know exactly where he was.

George was an avid card player, especially sheepshead and cribbage, and went to state for shooting pool in his younger days. George also was an avid bowler, both with a ball and later on with a Wii remote, receiving silver at the Cedar Springs Olympics. He enjoyed when the Brewers, Badgers or Packers were playing; he watched and cheered on his favorite teams! Above all, George was a dedicated family man who loved his nieces and nephews; he treated them as if they were his own. His great-nieces and great-nephews, he treated as his grandchildren; they called George “Gagga”!

George loved to travel, both with his jobs and for pleasure. He especially loved spending time with our Ohio relatives, traveling to see them several times a year. He traveled to Arizona to spend time with family and friends. It was George’s goal to retire and travel; however God chose a different path for George. He lived a full and happy life and is now enjoying eternal rest!

George was a giver of love, care and friendship; he asked of no one but gave to all!

George is survived by his brother, David (Debra) Schalk; sister, Debra (Corky) Fredricks; nephews, Chase Marciniak and Roger (Katie) Paulin; nieces, Jennifer Fredricks, Jamie (Rylan) Fredricks, Madalynn (Kurt) Kelling, Sarah Schalk, Rebekah Schalk and Catharine Schalk; great-nieces and nephews, Maia, Tiager, Iain and Arlo. George was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Teri Paulin.

A memorial service to celebrate George’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg at 6 p.m. Deacon Tom Surges will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org.

George’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Ozaukee County EMTs and the entire staff at Cedar Springs Health & Rehab for all the care and compassion they provided George.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.