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Jerome Koch

June 12, 1934 — August 16, 2022

Waunakee

Jerome John Koch, 88, passed away peacefully on Tues. August 16, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was born to Melchior and Mary (Kruchten) Koch of Cross Plains, WI on June 12, 1934. He was married to Joan Karls on April 21, 1956.

Jerry graduated from DeForest High School in 1952. He was drafted and served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 where he proudly earned a good conduct medal. Jerry retired after 35 years as an instrument mechanic for Oscar Mayer. He lived with Joan in Waunakee for 63 years where they were lifelong members of St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church.

Jerry enjoyed wood working/carving, Packer football, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.  He loved a good time with friends including annual trips to a northwoods lakeside resort.

Jerry is survived by his children, Karen (Al) Ziegler, Kathy (Joe) Legris, Ron (Diane) Koch, and Jay (Erica) Koch; grandchildren, Brenda (Robert) Paulos, Scott (Laura) Ziegler, Lisa (Josh) Bubolz, Travis (Kendall) Legris, Daniel (Zoe Wiedenbeck) Koch, Raina Koch, Sara Koch; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Levi Ziegler and Aubrielle Legris; sister, Geraldine Laufenberg; and brother-in-law, Wendelin Maier.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; parents; brothers and sisters, Francis Koch, Agnes Kohlman, Bernadette Breunig, John Koch, and Loretta Maier; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Koch, Adam Kohlman, Eugene Breunig, Bob and Mary Karls, and Bill and Diane Karls; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Molly and Frank Karls.

Funeral services will be held on Tues Aug. 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 209 South St., Waunakee, with Msgr. James Gunn officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 with Mass to follow. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Jerry’s wife suffered with Alzheimer’s disease. In lieu of flowers the family will be making memorial donations to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Winn-Cress Funeral Home

5785 Hwy Q

Waunakee, WI

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Visitation

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

9:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

209 South St, Waunakee, WI 53597

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

209 South St, Waunakee, WI 53597

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