Jerald (Jerry) Harvey Sieg, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 27th after an unexpected battle with cancer. Born November 25, 1943, Jerry was the first child of Dora (Maldari) and Harvey Sieg. He grew up in Berlin until the age of 12 when a business opportunity relocated the family to Redgranite, his mother’s hometown. Jerry attended school in Berlin until his sophomore year of high school when he transferred to Wautoma High School and graduated in 1962. After graduation he started computer school in Milwaukee until coming home one weekend and telling his parents that he and his friend, Leo Bonnelli, had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Much of Jerry’s time in the Air Force was spent in Europe until he was honorably discharged in 1966.
Settling back down in Redgranite, Jerry married Sandra (Sandy) Glaske in 1968 and together they owned and operated Jerry’s Bar and Lanes for 30 years. Jerry and Sandy built a great life together and were blessed with two daughters Lisa and Lori. After selling the lanes in 1998, he worked at the Berlin Kitz and Pfiel in the rental center and small engine repair department until fully retiring in 2013.
Jerry dedicated much of his life to sports and community service. He coached both of his daughters’ softball teams. To this day the women he coached still laugh at his memorable one-liners. He played and sponsored softball in the tavern and old-timers’ leagues. For many years there wasn’t a summer, Thursday night that he couldn’t be found standing on a pitcher’s mound somewhere in Waushara or Green Lake county. Jerry was an active member and an officer of the Redgranite Lions Club for 50 years, holding many offices. For 25 years he was a member of the Redgranite Fire Department. Jerry began serving on the Redgranite Village Board as a trustee in 1999. He became Village President in 2004 and held this office until 2017.
Jerry shared his love for fishing and hunting with anyone who enjoyed it as much as he did. Golf was always a part of his life, and in recent years it became the one thing that he looked forward to every spring. He loved just being on the course, playing, and spending time with family and friends, especially his daughters and grandson.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sandy; two daughters: Lisa (Brandon) Saladin and Lori Sieg Ketter; four grandchildren: Jake Ketter, Kyle Ketter, Kadence Saladin and Jaden Saladin; Brother, Tom (Lynda) Sieg; two sisters-in-law: Jean Morey and Janice Thorpe. He was further survived by nieces, cousins, and other relatives as well as many who he called friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Harvey and Dora Sieg; Sandy’s parents: Herbert and Martha Glaske; two sisters-in-law Leasatta Rosenquist and Betty Reilly; ten aunts and uncles: Laura (Sam) Rellis, Isabelle (Robert) Marks, Mary (Pete) Quick, Joe (Betty) Maldari, Evelyn (Earl) Chase
The family is especially grateful to the entire staff at Ascension Home Care Nursing and Therapy as well as Compassus/ Acension at Home Hospice of Neenah. Every nurse that visited and cared for Jerry, did so with love and compassion.
In addition, the family would like to show their utmost appreciation to Jeff and Angie at Stahl Celebration and Remembrance Center of Wautoma. Their caring touch and professional service was just what the family needed during this difficult time.
Per Jerry’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service. If you do wish to honor him, volunteer to coach a children’s team, take a family member hunting or fishing, or get involved in your community by joining a civic organization or running for public office. Do your part to make the place you call home a better place for all. This would be the best way to honor Jerry.
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