Jerome (Jerry) Fostner, 94, a lifelong resident of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born in Green Bay on September 13, 1919, to the late Arnold and Lucille (Gotto) Fostner.
Jerry met the love of his life, Marjorie Van Hecke, prior to World War II. They were married on April 27, 1946, raised five children, and spent 64 years together.
Jerry retired from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation in December of 1984 after 38 years of employment. He was a veteran of World War II having served in New Guinea and the Philippines as a member of the United States Army Air Corps.
Jerry had many interests and hobbies. He was an accomplished wood worker, loved sports, and particularly enjoyed the summers that he spent with Marjorie and their family at their cottage in Lakewood.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, son Steven, and sister and brother-in-law Josephine and Kenneth Schoen.
Jerry is survived by his children Gary (Kathleen) Fostner, Eden Prairie, MN; Dianne (Ray) Sell,
Green Bay; Rodney (Jennifer) Fostner, Brookfield, WI; Father Jay Fostner, O.Praem., De Pere; and daughter-in-law Sue Fostner, Green Bay. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Kiley (Jennifer) King, Aaron (Kelly) King, Donald Fostner, Megan Fostner, Jacob Fostner, and Katie (Ryan) Wieber; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Please join Jerry's family and friends in celebrating his life on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Old St. Joseph Catholic Church on the St. Norbert College Campus. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am and continue until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am with his son, Father Jay Fostner, O.Praem., and members of the Norbertine community celebrating. Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Norbertine Community and the entire St. Norbert Abbey nursing staff of the wonderful care that Jerry received over the past five weeks. The family would also like to thank the Renaissance Assisted living and Dr. Peter Fergus and his staff for the many years of excellent care they provided to Jerry and Marjorie.
The family prefers memorials to the St. Norbert Abbey nursing staff.
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2014