Smet, Jerome (Jerry)
Jerome (Jerry) Smet, 88, of De Pere, was welcomed into heaven on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. On February 26, 1926, he was born to Frank and Annabelle (Bacon) Smet in the town of Rockland. Jerry served his country in the US Navy during WWII as a first gunner's mate on an LSM, prior to meeting his wife, Vera Adele Schneider. They were married on August 5, 1950 in De Pere, and together shared 12 wonderful children. Jerry was a brick layer (architectural arranger of structural clay products) for 40 years until his retirement at age 62. He enjoyed throwing horseshoes (only hall of famer in De Pere from the Tuesday night league), fixing lawnmowers, being up north with his family and spending time with his grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Vera, children: Kris (Gary) DeGreef, David (special friend Debbie), Darlene (Joe) Meurer, Deb (John) Titulaer, Linda (the late Mike) Fulton, Theresa (Roger) VanNulend, John (special friend Kim), Paul (Yvette), Frank, Marie (Jeff) Sonnabend, Beth (Tom) Criss and Alvin (Sue); 35 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings: Alvin, Joan Zuehls and Kathleen Vaessen; in-laws: Grace (Bob) Roberts and Marv (Sharon) Schneider; as well as numerous other family members.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by siblings: Sylvia, Bob, Omer and Viola; grandsons: Noel and Dean.
Family and friends may visit at St. Mary Catholic Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr., Ledgeview, on Saturday, July 12, from 9:00am until 10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Jerome at 11:00am on Saturday. Interment in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, De Pere. Cotter Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to St. Vincent Hospital, especially the Trauma Team, for their care and support.
Cotter Funeral Home
860 North Webster Avenue
De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from July 10 to July 12, 2014