Kalfahs, John Jersild
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John Jersild Kalfahs passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona, with his wife, Joan by his side. He was born April 23, 1934, to Edwin, Sr. and Hulda Kalfahs in Neenah, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his sister, Mary (Aker), his daughter, Keri Heinen Pollock (Tom), son, Mark Kalfahs, son, Kai Kalfahs (Cindy), and daughter, Turi Rathert (John), granddaughter, Paige Heinen, grandson, Owen Rathert, and granddaughter, Parker Rathert. He was preceded in his passing by his brother, Edwin Kalfahs, Jr. the previous day.
He graduated from Neenah High School in 1952, and the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1956, with a Bachelor's degree in Business. He then joined the United States Army and was assigned to the Army Base in Bussac, France, where he served with the 55th Transportation Division. Here is where John met Joan, his wife for an amazing 54 years.
John's joy in life was his profession as a knitter of Scandinavian sweaters. He served as President of Jersild Knitting Company, a 100 year old family business started by his grandfather. They produced sweaters, skirts and pants to match. John was a Packer fan who held season tickets for many years beginning during the Lombardi era. He was a gentle man and a man of integrity. He was loved greatly by his wife and family and will be missed by all.
Memorial Services will be held at the Community Church of Joy (AZ) on Saturday March 16, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Prayer Watch International, P.O. Box 3705, Flagstaff, AZ 86003 or Community Church of Joy 2100 N 75th Avenue, Glendale, AZ, 85308.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 3, 2013