Gerald A VanDerLeest

Gerald A VanDerLeest

Male 1936 - 2020  (84 years)

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  • Name Gerald A VanDerLeest 
    Born 16 Apr 1936  Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 06 May 2020 
    Buried Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Green Bay - Gerald A. "Jerry" Van Der Leest, age 84, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, following a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's/Dementia and Congestive Heart Failure. He was born April 16, 1936 in Green Bay, son of the late Edwin and Leona (Bosse) Van Der Leest and was a graduate of Green Bay East High School, Class of 1954, attended the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, and earned numerous Technical/Vocational Certificates.

      After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country from 1955 until 1959 when he was honorably discharged, with a ranking of Airman 1st Class. While stationed at the Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, AZ, he met the love of his life, Jane "Jennie" Valenzuela. They were married on July 19, 1958 in Globe, AZ and shared 57 devoted years of marriage together before Jennie passed away, November 28, 2015.

      Jerry worked tirelessly in many different professions over the course of his life, ranging from; engineering, construction, owner of a transportation company he started with one of his sons, and a custom home builder. Of all these different occupations, you could see the twinkle in his eye emerge when he would talk about being a home builder. Jerry genuinely loved being able to "see at the end of the day" the fruits of his labor and took enormous pride in his work. A consummate perfectionist, his dedication to quality construction, with enduring patience and a keen eye for trimming out a home, made him well sought after by those looking to hire a true custom home builder.

      A life-long resident of the Badger State, Jerry often referred to Wisconsin's winter wonderland as "God's Country". His winter enthusiasm was evident across the variety of activities he volunteered his time to; ranging from being a former member and past-president of the Sno-Birds Snowmobile Club to Youth Hockey. He started volunteering his time to youth hockey in Ashwaubenon, where he received many recognition awards for his commitment to not only building the program in its early years, but also coaching the game through many levels. Later, when he moved out to Suamico, he picked up where he left off and became active within the Howard-Suamico Youth Hockey program, culminating with coaching for Bay Port High School.

      Jerry is survived by his children; Rick (Julie) Van Der Leest of Suamico, WI, Sheri Sorenson, Green Bay, WI, Julie (Bryan) Schlauch, Little Suamico, WI and Scott (Lisa) Van Der Leest, Green Bay, WI; his 8 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild; a sister, Carol (Tom) Graves; sister-in-law: Shirley Rolfes; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

      He was preceded in death by his wife Jennie; daughter, Katherine "Kathy" Van Der Leest; grandson, Dakota Sorenson; and brother, Paul Rolfes.

      After losing their first-born child Kathy to cancer, both Jerry and his late wife Jennie became quite passionate about supporting the mission of St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Center, Memphis, TN. Jerry wanted those who would like to make a monetary donation to do so by contributing to the memorial fund established under the name "Jerry Van Der Leest", Memorial ID: 12014116. Simply call 1-800-822-6344, give them his Memorial ID, and the family will be notified of contributions made on Jerry's behalf.

      Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and related social distancing restrictions, Jerry's "Celebration of Life" is currently planned to be held at a later date, with burial to follow in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. To leave an online condolence for Jerry's family, please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com <http://www.NewcomerGreenBay.com>.

      The Van Der Leest Family would like to thank Unity Hospice, especially the entire staff of caregivers at the Jack and Engrid Meng Residence, for the exceptional and compassionate End-of-Life Care they provided our father.
      Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from May 22 to May 24, 2020
    Person ID I416228  Little Chute Historical Society
    Last Modified 23 May 2020 

    Father Ancestors Edwin P VanderLeest,   b. 29 Apr 1910, Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Oct 1966  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Leona Bosse,   b. 30 Sep 1906, Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1989, Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 07 Jun 1935  Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F147004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Valenzuela,   b. 14 Jun 1937, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 2015  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1958  Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Katherine A VanderLeest,   b. 1959,   d. 07 Jul 1967  (Age 8 years)
    Married: 1x2. Living
    Married: 1x3. Living
     4. Living
    Married: 1x5. Living
    Family ID F160445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1936 - Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jul 1958 - Arizona Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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