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Obituary of Gerald Edward Baumann
Gerald “Jerry” E. Baumann, 76, of Jefferson passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, after a battle with cancer.
He was born on March 4, 1947, in Watertown, son of the late Harold and Arline (Kaercher) Baumann. He married Rita Reinders on October 17, 1970, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Johnson Creek. At 21, he began building what would become their family homestead where they would raise their seven children.
Jerry served in the National Guard from 1966-1972. He was employed as an upholsterer at Schweiger Industries, Jefferson, and Brickel Associates, Lake Mills. He also worked at Ladish-Cargill, Jefferson, and part-time at Jefferson Bus Service for 17 years.
Jerry was known for his ability as a craftsman, carpenter, and go-to fixer for family and friends. He was always willing to help anyone with any project and patiently teach them the skills to do it. He loved hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren.
Jerry was a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish, Jefferson. He had been active at both St. Lawrence and St. John the Baptist churches in ushering and various committees.
He was afflicted with numerous health challenges beginning in 1997 with a diagnosis of ALS. This was re-diagnosed to desmin myopathy eight years later. He bravely persevered through these challenges, never complained, and worked hard to provide for his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Rita of 53 years. Children: Peggy (Tom) Renz, Carrie (Mike) Rue, Nick (Lisa) Baumann, Andy, Bill, Tony, and Tom. Grandchildren: Carl, Gretchen, Rita Jane, & Mary Renz; Hilde & Liv Rue; Blake & Brettyn Baumann; and Wilma, Genevieve Rae & Bode Baumann. Siblings: Mike (Judy) Baumann, Carol Strom, Shirley (Larry) McKee, Donna (Dave) Conkle, and sister-in-law Diana Baumann. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Dave (Mary Jo) & Don (Kay) Reinders, sister-in-law Janice Reinders, and many other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by brother Harold Baumann, sister Barb Baumann, brothers-in-law Gary Strom, Larry Reinders, Len Reinders, niece Sharon Strom, and nephew Jeff Baumann.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 29th at Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home from 4-7pm with rosary at 7pm. Visitation again Monday, October 30th 10-12pm at St. John the Baptist Church before funeral Mass at 12 noon, burial to follow and lunch at St. John’s Catholic School gym. Memorials in Jerry’s name may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
A special thank you to family and friends for your loving support and care. Gratitude to Rainbow Hospice and Ann Maria for their assistance and care. Schneider Michaelis Funeral Home, Jefferson is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.schneidermichaelis.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gerald Baumann, please visit Tribute Store