Jerome L. (Jerry) Martin age 87 passed away July 12 at home. Jerome was born March 31, 1933 in Halder, WI, the son of the late Robert and Irene (Straub) Martin. He married Christina Wilichowski on Sept 13, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the town of Cassel. Jerome was a Korean Veteran from 1953 – 1955.
Jerome had many hobbies. He enjoyed God’s creations like growing roses, plants, gardening, making birdhouses and feeders. He especially enjoyed constructing woodcrafts. He was a man of many trades. He loved polka music, playing cards, and the casino. He will be greatly missed by family and friends whose lives he has touched in so many ways.
Jerome was owner of Sunoco and Shell Oil Service Stations in Milwaukee area for nine years. He and Christina were owners and operators of Martin’s Beer and Liquor store in Rothschild for 11 years. He also was in Real Estate and a factory worker until his retirement in 2000. He also worked part time at G&B Produce. He was a member of the American Legion Post 492 and an usher at St. Therese Catholic Church.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by two sons, Russell and Sally Martin, Hager City, WI, Rodney Martin, Schofield. Two daughters, Carolyn Rawlings and Kirk Rawlings, Wausau; Annette and John King, Schofield. Eight grandchildren, Dr. Ana & Ben Pearson, Laura Martin, Elise & Ariez Sime, Nichole & David Brnusak, Melissa & Gary Kluck, Derek King, Mitchell & Everett Martin. Three great grandchildren, Hailey, Brayden & Ella Kluck. Sister Beatrice (Lloyd) Seubert, Appleton, WI. Brother-in-law Bill Frieders, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Irene Martin, brothers Ralph (Dolores), Clarence (Marcy) and Cyril (Janet), two sisters Therese Frieders, Kathyrn Parr, and great grandchild Bryson Kluck.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Sat. July 25th at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. The service will also be livestreamed at www.brainardfuneral.com, for those unable to watch at 11 am, the service will be available shortly after concluding on the Brainard website for future viewing. Public visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church. Masks are recommended to be worn. The Rev. Joseph Albert will officiate. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. To direct condolences to the family and view the full obituary please go to www.brainardfuneral.com.
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