Jack V. Perry
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Jack V. Perry, of Winneconne, was born to eternal life on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the age of 91. He was born in Black Creek, Wisconsin to Verne and Genevieve (Servatius) Perry on July 24, 1921. Jack graduated from North High School in Sheboygan and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for three years. At this time, his schooling was interrupted to serve his country in the Army in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands during World War II. Three and a half years later, Jack returned to Stevens Point to complete his degree.
Jack began his teaching career in Melrose, Wisconsin for four years as music director for band and choral groups. In 1951 he came to Winneconne and was the band director for five years. In 1954 he received his Master of Science Degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
On July 19, 1958, he married Joanne Kronitz in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Peggy Kronitz. This was the first double wedding performed at St. Mary Catholic Church in Winneconne.
Jack remained in the Winneconne school system for 35 years teaching Sociology, American Government, and World Geography and loved coaching Debate for ten years. In his last years of teaching, he added Economics and Political Science. Of particular pride was the fact that his band continually received first place in their division at music events each year.
After retirement, Jack and Joanne took 43 trips throughout the United States with Nationwide Travelers.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Mike King, residing in North Fond du Lac; Jackie and Jim Schultz, residing in Rosemount, Minnesota; four granddaughters, Caitlyn and Kelly King, Samantha and Courtney Schultz; and one sister, Jeann Perry, residing in Denver, Colorado.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 210 Pleasant Dr. Winneconne, with Fr. Doug LeCaptain and Sr. Pam Biehl officiating. Private inurnment in the Winneconne Cemetery will take place at a later date. A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's or Dementia Foundations.
Please submit online condolences to muellerfuneralhomeinc.com
On January 15, 1997, while on a trip, Jack wrote the following:
It's time to face my mortality,
Most of my days are gone,
It's hard to accept that reality,
When one has live so long.
The days dwindle down to a precious few,
As they sing in September song,
Each one is as fresh as the morning dew,
But now they race along.
When finally I feel the end is near,
And I take my last long breath,
I pray to see my God appear,
For now, I fear not death.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Oct. 14, 2012