Jay Patrick Dederich, 51, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.
Jay was born in Milwaukee on November 8, 1957, to James R. and Beverley J. (nee: Hansen) Dederich. A graduate of JI Case High School “Class of 1976,” he went on to attend University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As a compassionate landlord, Jay had a special touch for purchasing and refurbishing hundreds of homes in Racine throughout his career.
Jay was an active member of St. Rita Catholic Church where he enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen, fish fry’s and St. Rita Fest. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Moose Legion #31 Lodge 437 in Racine where he served as a Past-Governor. Jay was a proud member of the Moose 25 Club, signifying that he had recruited at least 25 new members over the years. He was currently the Wisconsin State Vice-President of the Moose.
Among his interests, Jay enjoyed sports of all sorts, especially hunting and shooting pool; visiting with friends at Hansen’s Bar; and was a Chicago Cubs fanatic. Above all, he loved being in the surroundings of his entire family and extensive circle of friends.
Surviving are his loving companion and best-friend, Pam Hanson; adored daughter, Erica Nicole Dederich; beloved parents, James and Beverley Dederich; sister, Leah Dederich; his Chocolate Labs, Bubba and Brandy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends too numerous to mention by name.
In accordance with Jay’s wishes, cremation will take place. Private family services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009. A public memorial service celebrating Jay’s life will be held a week from this Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Racine Moose Lodge Family Center, 5530 Middle Road. Visitation will begin at the Racine Moose on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. At Jay’s request, all are invited to stay for a reception following the service.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Jay’s devoted friends….especially Michael P. Mullane, MD and his entire staff; Scott and Cheryl Hayek; and Jim and Lori Leiting for being there in his time of need. Also, a special thank you to all who were involved and attended Jay’s benefit party at the Moose last April. Jay truly loved each and everyone of you!
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000