GERALD LEE BRINKMEIER, 77 PEARL CITY - Gerald Lee Brinkmeier, 77 yrs. old of Pearl City, passed away Friday August 16, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on February 10, 1936 in Loran the son of Paul and Alma (Busch) Brinkmeier. Gerald attended elementary school at Loran School (Loran U) and graduated from Pearl City High School in 1955. Gerald married Jacqulin Pittsley Sept. 1, 1957, she passed away January 15, 1992. He farmed the family farm in the Loran area for many years. He later worked for FS, Pearl Valley Egg Farm and Katzenberger Construction and Brandt Farms. Gerald was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pearl City and he was a member of Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena. He truly enjoyed golfing with everyone there. He played basketball & fast pitch in high school. Afterwards he played slow pitch, horseshoes, bowling and euchre. Gerald enjoyed being with friends, socializing, spending time with family & friends. He also enjoyed following his grandchildren's activities. He is survived by his sons, Robin (Dawn) Brinkmeier of Orangeville, Regan Brinkmeier of Rockford; daughter, Beth Goldsmith (Tim Cleveland) of Winslow; special friend, Sharon Hummermeier of Pearl City; brother, Virgil Brinkmeier of Lena; brother-in-law, Mike Block of Freeport; sister-in-law, Helen Brinkmeier of Freeport; half sister, Shirley; grandchildren, Joshua Goldsmith of Rock Island, Ashlyn Goldsmith of Winslow, Christopher Brinkmeier and Danielle Brinkmeier of Orangeville; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his wife; his sisters, Evora Kempel, Nelda Block, Ruby Parkinson, Millie Bowden; his brothers, Lloyd Brinkmeier, Orin Brinkmeier. Visitation will be at the Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City on Tuesday August 20, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pearl City on Wednesday August 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.; Pastor Art Stees will be officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Special thanks to Bonnie Dittmar, Joyce Asche, Karen Beidler and FHN Hospice. A memorial has been established in his name. Private condolences and online guestbook may be signed at www.schwarzfh.com.
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Offenhesier-Schwarz Funeral Home - Pearl City
111 N High St.
Lanark, IL 61046
Published in The Journal-Standard from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013