Eugene Jerovetz

February 2, 1930
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November 28, 2023

Eugene M. “Gene” Jerovetz, 93, Green Bay resident, passed away at his Oak Park home on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. He was born February 2, 1930, in Kewaunee to the late Matt and Rose (Mleziva) Jerovetz. Gene was a 1949 graduate of Luxemburg High School. He married LaVerne Lensmire on September 10, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilsen.

Gene was a proud 72-year member of Carpenters Union Local 1146. He began his apprenticeship with the Selmer Company in 1951. He was employed there for over 20 years before moving to Howard Immel Construction where he retired in 1992. Gene was also known for keeping a sharp edge on many saws and blades with his saw sharpening business.

Following his retirement, he began another career with Creative Decks and Gazebos, working with them until he was in his 70’s. He also volunteered for many years at Paul’s Pantry to help feed those in need.

Throughout three seasons of the year Gene could be found in his garden, cultivating, planting, watering, weeding and finally harvesting. He and LaVerne spent many hours preserving the years crop. He was a card player, Sheepshead being his preferred game, a golfer and a bowler. He enjoyed playing softball in the Old Timers League at Lily Lake Park and was known to never miss a pitch. Gene attended all his grandchildren’s events whether they were for school or sports; he was their biggest fan. He enjoyed the outdoors and always looked forward to the spring smelt and sucker runs.

He was a man of faith and truly lived his life accordingly. Gene was a long-time member of Holy Martyrs/Prince of Peace Parish. He was an usher, a member of the Holy Name Society, volunteered for numerous picnic committees, helped set tents and about anything else that involved the parish community.

He is survived by his wife LaVerne and their two children; Janet (Andy) Raddatz, Plymouth and David (Ann) Jerovetz, Pulaski; three grandchildren, Michael, Sarah and Emily Jerovetz; his cat, Max; sister-in-law, Nancy Lensmire, Pilsen; brother-in-law, Tony Vanderbloemen, Green Bay and brother-in-law, Richard “Dickie” (Marilyn) Lensmire, Denmark; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Angie (Bernard) Haen; brother, Clarence (Stella) Jerovetz and Donald (LaVerne “Lovie”) Lensmire; brother-in-law, Gerald Lensmire; sister-in-law, Carol Vanderbloemen and LaVerne’s parents, Richard and Emily Lensmire.

Friends may call at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd. on Monday, December 4, from 9:00 – 10:45 am. Funeral Mass 11:00 am Monday at the church with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Entombment in the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in his name. To view the funeral Mass please go to the parish Facebook page: popgb54311.

Gene’s family would like to thank friends of the family, Bette and Bruce Bachhuber and Jon Corpus, Wendy Opsahl and all the staff  from Oak Park Place and the staff at St. Vincent Hospital for the special help and care of Gene.

Visitation
December 4, 2023
9:00-10:45 am
Prince of Peace Church [map]
Funeral Mass
December 4, 2023
11:00 am
Prince of Peace Church [map]