Gerald J. Scholzen, age 82, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Jerry was born in Racine, July 13, 1926, son of the late Frank A. and Johanna (Nee: Holler) Scholzen.
Jerry graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1945.” He was proud to serve his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps and during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force. On June 26, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Marguerite E. Durben. Jerry was employed by the City of Racine as a firefighter for over 20 years, retiring in 1984. He was one of the first EMTs to serve on the Fire Department. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodcarving, gardening, and traveling but most of all spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marguerite; five children, Linda (Ron) Solberg, Jerry (Sandy) Scholzen, Betty (Tom) Klamm, Craig (Kerri) Scholzen, Dianne (Ron) Chase; eight grandchildren, Jason (Christine) Beyer, Andrew and Kristin Chase, Steven and Samantha Scholzen, Jennifer Klamm, Zachary Scholzen, Mike Solberg; three great-grandchildren, Austin Beyer, Summer and Carter Gray; a brother, Francis “Smokey” (Helen) Scholzen; sister, Marilyn Meister; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert (Dorothea) Durben, Alice Durben, George (Vicki) Durben, Lucille Scholzen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” K. Scholzen; brothers- in-law, James Durben and Bernard Meister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Friday, March 27, 2009, at noon, with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Hwy C, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Friday from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to All Saints Cancer Center and/or All Saints Cardiac Care Unit have been suggested.
A special thank you to the doctors and staffs at All Saints Cancer Center, All Saints Cardiac Unit, and the 2nd Fl Oncology Unit for their loving and compassionate care given to Jerry.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine 262-634-7888