Kathryn Jerabek

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Jerabek, Kathryn Ann

Kathryn Ann Jerabek, age 90, a Manitowoc resident entered eternal life on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 with her daughter by her side at the family residence.

Kathryn was born November 22, 1922 in the town of Maple Grove, Manitowoc County. She was the daughter of the late James and Mary Bohman Gill. Being the youngest in the family, Kathryn was affectionately known as Babe by her immediate family. Kathryn was a graduate of Lincoln High School with the class of 1940. She continued her education at Holy Family School of Nursing for three years where she received her degree in nursing. In 1945 Kathryn entered the United States Army Nursing Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant serving overseas during World War II in the Philippine Islands for 18 months. In 1946 she was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After her tour of duty with the military, Kathryn became employed with Holy Rosary Hospital, Detroit, Michigan for one year. She then returned to Manitowoc and became employed at Holy Family Hospital as a registered nurse in the obstetrical department for 40 years from where she retired. On December 1, 1951 she married Clarence "Duke" Jerabek at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Manitowoc. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2010. Kathryn was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She enjoyed tending her flowers with her husband, Clarence in their beautiful garden. Being a very faith filled person, Kathryn attended daily Mass and often had her rosary in hand. She was a loving, compassionate and supportive Mom and Grandma, having attended numerous sporting, music and academic events that her grandchildren participated in. Kathryn was also a fantastic cook and baker. We loved her feasts during the holidays. Family was her number one priority.

She is survived by her daughter: Mary Wolff, Green Bay, WI; son: Mark Jerabek, Manitowoc, WI; three grandchildren: Eric, Ryan and Kathryn Wolff; nieces, nephews along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: James and Mary Gill; husband: Clarence "Duke" Jerabek; three brothers: George (Larelda) Gill; John Gill; one infant brother; five sisters: Laura (Irving) Maney; Alice (Wencel) Schleis; Grace (Harlan) Clark; Florence (Robert) Johanek; one infant sister; son-in-law: Arnie Wolff.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Waldo. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dave Pleier with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc. Following the services at Evergreen Cemetery, there will be a luncheon held at the Harrigan Parkside Gathering Center located on the south property of the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may call at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Waldo on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.harriganparksidefuneralhomecom.

Mary would like to thank all who helped her make it possible for Mom to remain at home. Gail Lishka, Barb Seaberg, and Diane Free provided excellent and compassionate care and were Mary's "Angels of Mercy". Holy Family Memorial Hospice were an immense help these last few months especially RN's Nicole, Janet, and Lisa, CNA's Pat and Becky, Social Worker Rachel, Chaplain Ralph, and volunteers, Bonnie, Jane Patti, and Skipper. Thank you also to Whitetail Estate, especially Nancy Fuller for the much needed respite care provided. A final thanks to my brother, Mark Jerabek and Loris Buettner and Mary's children for their help with Mom / Grandma.

Mom…Until we meet again someday…Always our love, Mary, Mark, Eric, Ryan, and Kathryn.

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, North 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 24, 2013
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