Gerald E. Rousar, age 80, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011. He was born in Racine, October 14, 1931, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Nee: Gagnon) Rousar.
Gerald graduated from Horlick High School, and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1960. On October 25, 1952, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Dolores Langenfeld, who preceded him in death on May 10, 2008. Gerald was well known in the commercial fishing community. He co-owned and operated Strege and Rousar Fisheries and The Fish Joynt. He retired in 1986 and then worked at Metzger’s and most recently at IC&A. Gerald was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Throughout the years he built his own boats including The Pride I and Pride II. Gerald enjoyed spending time at his cottage in the northwoods of Wisconsin for many years. He will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his children, Joseph (Judith) Rousar, MaryAnn (Harley) Bresnahan, Michael John Rousar; grandchildren, Elysia, Ashley and Hailey Rousar, Sarah Bresnahan and Rory (Inbal) Bresnahan; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Eliav Bresnahan; a brother, Richard (Betty) Rousar; a sister, Karen Rosera; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Sean Granger officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church have been suggested.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888