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OBITUARY: Jerome “Jerry” Broehm

Jerome “Jerry” Broehm, age 86, of Brillion, passed away on May 9, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born on April 6, 1931 in the town of Rantoul, son of the late Arvin and Lydia (Fredrick) Broehm.  On May 12, 1962, he married Joan Bernard at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kiel.  The couple would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary today.  Jerry worked on the family farm until 1995, drove a milk truck for Cold Springs Cheese Factory, and also worked at Hernke’s Cheese Factory, later Sargento.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Chilton, serving in many capacities.  He was also a member of Peace Ev. & Reformed Church in Potter.  Jerry loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  All that counted to him was if he could make one child smile.  He never went to bed angry, and he focused a lot on forgiveness.

Jerry is survived by his wife and love of his life, Joan; their children, Lori (Donald) Jacobs, Lisa Ditter, Ricky (Penny) all of Chilton, Tina (Roger) Grunewald of Kiel, and Randy (special friend Elsie) of Brillion; grandchildren: Ashley Bryer, Michael, Nathan and Ryan Jacobs, Aerial and Nickolas Ditter, Mariyah and Hannah Broehm, Jamie (Marcia), Travis, and Tyler Grunewald, Blake, Austin, Jarrod, and Jake Broehm; great-grandchildren: Karl Grunewald and Jase Broehm; two sisters and two brothers-in-law: Germaine Bratz of Brillion, Darlene (Paul) Schumacher of Wisconsin Rapids, Larry (special friend Jeanette) Bernard of Chilton; three brothers and eight sisters-in-law: Carl (Sharon) of Bancock, Arvin “Curly” (Donna) of Elkhart Lake, Jim (Grace) of Phoenix, AZ, Bette (Al) Buchholz of Kiel, Susan (Tom) Mullenbach of New Holstein, Jane (John) Korb of St. Cloud, Ruth Broehm of Chilton, and Virginia Broehm of Brillion; adopted sister: Fran Pitz of Kiel; adopted grandchildren: Sam Popp of Potter and Brian and Eric Smuckers of OH; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Milford, Reuben, Eugene, Leo, and Ronald; one sister and three brothers-in-law: Laverna (Harold) Pingel, Oscar Bratz, and Lonnie Bernard; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harvey and Anita (Koehler) Bernard; two sisters-in-law: Sandra Bernard and Donna Bernard; and other relatives.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. (NOON) on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Peace Ev. & Reformed in Potter.  Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod with burial to follow in Potter Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  The Eagles Aerie of Chilton will do a short service at 11:30 a.m. before the church service starts at noon.

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