Gerald H. “Jerry” Jansen, 88, of
Germantown, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at Aviston Countryside
Mr. Jansen was born September 24,
1918 in Germantown to Joseph and Frances (Gesenhues) Jansen; they
preceded him in death.
He married Margaret Fruth on October
27, 1948; she preceded him in death on June 14, 1973.
He then married Mary Ann Nast-Daab
on August 26, 1976 at St. John the Baptist Church in Smithton; she
survives in Germantown.
Also surviving is his children,
David (Cheryl) Jansen of Springfield, IL, Mike (Debbie) Jansen of
Germantown, Dan (friend Georgina Zeyala) Jansen of San Antonio, TX,
Mary Jansen of Germantown, Cathy (Dale) Williams of Salem, MO, Sue
(friend John Mancuso) Britton of St. Louis, MO, and Francine (Mark)
Etter of St. Rose.
Step-Children, Diane Alt of Naples,
FL, Debbie (Greg) Rueter of Riverview, IL, David (Carmen) Daab of
Breese, and Dina (Doug) Kassing, of Freeburg.
19 Grandchildren and 4
A brother, Fr. James Jansen of
Mother-in-law and Father-in-law,
Raymond and Evelyn Nast of Freeburg.
Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law,
Florence Jansen of Germantown and Lorinda Jansen both of Germantown,
Marge Jansen of Bartelso, Nancy (Ron) Humphries of Freeburg, Ann
(Tony) Gravagna of Arnold, MO, Tobias Nagel of Indiana, Andrew Fruth
of Centralia, and Bob (Alex) Nast of Freeburg.
Also preceded in death by brothers,
Richard Jansen, Tom Jansen, Paul Jansen, and Anthony Jansen;
sisters, Sr. Dolores Marie Jansen, MM, Marcella “Sally” Nagel, Mary
Ann Jansen, Helen Henken, and Dorothy Perry; brothers-in-law, John
Henken and Ken Perry.
Numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerald owned and operated Jansen Bus
Service for over 55 years and was recognized for his exemplary
service, he also worked as an auto mechanic at Jansen Chevrolet in
Germantown and was a United States Air Force Veteran.
He was a member of St. Boniface
Catholic Church and St. Henry’s Men Sodality in Germantown and the
Germantown American Legion Post 325.
Dad touched many lives with his kind
and gentle nature. A man of few words, our father spoke through his
actions. He was a hard working auto mechanic and a school bus
driver, who safely transported generations of children. When our
mother died, he had the courage to go on. Strong in his faith, he
was a devoted father and a loving husband. His tender spirit will
live on though his children and grandchildren and in the hearts of
those who came in to contact with him.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial
will be Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:00 AM
at St. Boniface Catholic Church in
Germantown with Fr. Dennis Voss
Officiating. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery,
Visitation will be Friday, June 22,
2007 from 4:00-9:00 PM and again on Saturday, June 23, 2007 from
8:00-10:45 AM at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.
Germantown American Legion will hold
services at 7:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Mary
Knolls Sisters, Priests Retirement, or to the Donor’s choice and
will be received at the funeral home