TAYLOR — Gerald Joseph Laufenberg, 79, of Taylor passed away Aug. 4, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.
Gerald was born in Black River Falls, July 7, 1938, to Priscilla M. (nee Brunner) and Joseph A. Laufenberg. Gerald was the oldest of 14 children. He grew up and worked on the family farm in Jackson County.
Gerald married Kay Wussow in 1958, together they had four children, Jeanell, Kristina, Jodine, and Mark. They lived in various cities including Kenosha and Racine, Wis., until divorcing.
Gerald married Sandra (Simonson) in 1972, and they lived together in Alma Center, Wis. Together they had one son, Michael, who joined their blended family which included Denise, Jackie Sue, and Sally Ann. Sandra passed away June 10, 1989.
Gerald married Flora “Corky” (Stoltz) April 25, 1992, in Alma Center. Corky’s sons, Ervin, Alan, and Dean Sprinkle, joined their blended family. Gerald and Corky spent many happy years together, recently celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with their children.
Gerald worked for the Clark Oil Company, American Motors, the Jackson County Iron Mine, the Ashley Furniture Company, and other employers, and was also self-employed, at one point owning and operating the G & S Cafe in Merrillan, Wis. His favorite job of all was mowing cemeteries.
Gerald loved fishing, dancing, card playing, watching the Packers, the Brewers, Fox News, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. For several years, Gerald and Corky were snowbirds, migrating in the winter to Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and most recently Arizona.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Priscilla and Joseph Laufenberg; and his brothers, Charles “Chucky” Laufenberg and Robert Laufenberg; sister, Rita Laufenberg; and stepson, Dean Sprinkle, stepdaughter, Betty Jean Sprinkle, and stepson, John Sprinkle.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Flora “Corky” Laufenberg; his children, Jeanell (Paul) Dailey of Madison, Wis., Kristina (Mike) Huddleston of Brockway, Wis., Jodine (Tom) Anderson of Racine, Wis., Mark (Sheri) Laufenberg of Racine, Michael (Nicole) Laufenberg of Alma Center, Alan (Laurie) Sprinkle of Grimes, Iowa, Ervin Sprinkle of Merrillan, Denise Mathson of Merrillan, Sally Ann Martinez of Merrillan, Jackie Sue (Todd) McKivitt of Kalispell, Mont.; and his siblings, Joe (Suzanne) Laufenberg of Swamico, Arlene Dunnigan of Black River Falls, Mary Cicirello of West Allis, Wis., Carol Skaar-Jahn of Alma Center, Ray (Sharon) Laufenberg of Alma Center, Priscilla (Chris) Goldsmith of Black River Falls, Frank (Sue) Laufenberg of Bloomer, Wis., Rosina (LeRoy) Kranz of Beaver Dam, Wis., Bill Laufenberg of Alma Center and Tony Laufenberg of Hixton; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gerald was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He touched the lives of many and will be missed by all. He was very generous with his time and very dedicated to his family. He took great joy in spending time with family and friends whenever possible. Gerald always had a joke to tell and an infectious smile and contagious laugh. Gerald also enjoyed country rides in the rolling hills of Jackson County and the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Guardian Angels Parish St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Black River Falls, with Father Emmanuel Famiyeh officiating. Burial will follow at Sechlerville Cemetery in Hixton.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home in Hixton and again from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.
The family would like to thank Dr. Katieb and the nursing staff of the second floor CCU and fifth floor Cardiology at Sacred Heart Hospital, for their wonderful and compassionate care.
Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.