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Obituary of Gerald “Jerry” Goerl – Green Bay Press-Gazette


Gerald “Jerry” Goerl, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 30, 2022, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living Community. The son of the late Emil and Elda (Moeller) Goerl was born on April 27, 1933 in the canton of Lesser. He graduated from Seymour High School. Jerry served in the military for two years during which he was stationed in France with his brother Dallas. On March 27, 1960, Jerry married Gail Petrowski and they moved to De Pere, where they bought a house. Together they were blessed with three daughters. Jerry drove trucks for several companies, including Morning Glory Dairy, and retired from Red Owl Foods. He enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for his work. Personally, he loved traveling the west coast to visit his goddaughter Heidi, and Europe to visit his daughter. Jerry’s passion was to make people smile by playing his chromatic or keyboard accordions and the piano. He was well known for his polka music. Over the years he has played in several bands including: the Eldon Otto Band, the Three Yanks and the Mark Jirikovec Band. He particularly enjoyed playing in various retirement homes. Jerry has played alone or with Roger Walburn for many years and more recently with Delores Diny. He was a proud member of the Northeast Wisconsin Accordion Club. Jerry is survived by his children: Sharon Baumgartner (Brian Hardtke), Karen Smiley and Mary Kay (Kevin) Sands. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Thomas (Alicia) Jordan, Elizabeth (Wil) Chow, as well as many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many nieces. and nephews. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Elda, his siblings: Eugene, Dallas, Marlene (Gerald) Baehler, his sons-in-law, Gerald Baumgartner and George Smiley, and his special friend Gail Goerl. Please visit ryanfh.com for information about a family celebration of life and to leave a message of sympathy and support.

Posted on July 02, 2022

Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette