Gerald "Jerry" Ptaschinski

  • Born: May 8, 1929
  • Died: May 16, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Beaver Dam, WI 53916

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather

Gerald "Jerry" Ptaschinski Sr., age 90, of Beaver Dam, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

A visitation for Jerry will take place on Friday, May 24th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church (Mission Hall) in Beaver Dam. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Fr. Michael Erwin presiding. Burial will take place at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Beaver Dam American Legion Post #146.

Gerald was born the son of Alois J. and Katherine M. (Manthey) Ptaschinski on May 8, 1929 in Beaver Dam. He was a 1946 graduate of Beaver Dam High School and went on to attend Wayland Junior College and UW Madison for Civil Engineering. He was a WWII veteran serving in the US Army where he was based in Kobe, Japan. Gerald was united in marriage with Lillian F. Bachofen on October 27, 1951 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam. Jerry was the founder of Ptaschinski Construction Inc. of Beaver Dam a concrete contractor.
Gerald and Lillian are active members of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Beaver Dam and very active at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and St. Mark's Catholic Church in the Wautoma area. He was a resident of Mt. Morris area for 30 years. He was involved with the Waushara County Habitat for Humanity and Wautoma County Cupboard. Jerry loved the outdoors, whether he was snowmobiling, kayaking, hiking or going for a motorcycle ride. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife.

He is survived by his wife Lillian, children; Thomas (Eva) Ptaschinski of Beaver Dam, Charles (Terri) Ptaschinski of Shawno, Nancy (William) Parkhurst of Beaver Dam, Patricia (Mark) Ehlenfeldt of Beaver Dam, daughter-in-law; Nancy Ptaschinski of Beaver Dam, two sisters; Shirley Lunde of Beaver Dam and Susan (David) Rosenmeier of Fond du Lac, sister-in-law; Gloria Ptaschinski, along with 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Jerry is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, one son; Butch in 2019 and one brother; Roger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hillside Hospice or the Badger Honor Flight.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My condolences to your family.

Posted by Doug Flouro - Oshkosh, WI - Friend   May 24, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. We had planned on being at the funeral, but cannot because of dire happenings of our son, Jeffery Lewallen. He has terminal cancer of the lung, liver and brain. We have much to do to help him cope with it. We send our condolences and prayers for you and family. Jerry was a good man, friend and a blessing for all the things he accomplished while in Waushara county. May he rest in peace. Our prayers are with you Lil. You also are a very special person. We will try to get to Beaver Dam to see you when we can.

Posted by Lloyd & Ceil Lewallen - Wautoma, WI - Friend   May 23, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. May you find great comfort in your many fond memories and strength in your family and friends.

Posted by John and Pam Pryme - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   May 23, 2019

What wonderful memories I have of our modern day Ptaschinski patriarch. Family reunions in Beaver Dam, get-togethers in Racine, and all that good-natured teasing in between. Jerry & Lill adjusted their travel plans about 15 years ago to visit us in Salt Lake City, and the conversation always revolved around family history.
Who better to talk to than the guy who visited the Ptaschinski homeland of Garbatka, Poland, the guy who
got the ball rolling for "The Ptaschinski Chronicles" detailing the extensive family tree, and the guy who was
greatly responsible for that big Ptaschinski monolith in Beaver Dam's cemetery. What I most remember about him is an unassuming yet profound comment he once made when we were talking about our kids. He said,
"Isn't it great to watch them make their own mark on the world?" He seemed to relish the past, enjoy the
present, and look forward to the future. A proud Ptaschinski all the way.

Posted by Mike Ptaschinski - Salt Lake City, UT - Family   May 20, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around him and keep him

Posted by Elizabeth Curran - Beaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   May 20, 2019

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