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James L. Gellerman

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James L. Gellerman Obituary
Gellerman, James L.

James L. Gellerman, age 81, of Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, died at his home on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

James Leonard Gellerman was born September 25, 1935, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard and Mildred (Fritz) Gellerman.

Jim attended school in Wisconsin Rapids where he graduated in 1953.

Jim married Karen Firnstahl in January 1954 and this marriage was blessed with a son and daughter, Douglas and Kyle. He later married Joanne Estlund and this marriage was blessed with two daughters, Terri and Khrys. Jim married Patricia Lemke in May 1980.

Jim made his home in Wisconsin Rapids where he worked at the mill; after retirement he and Patricia wintered in Florida where they later moved and made Winter Haven their permanent home.

Jim played baseball in his youth and enjoyed golf and traveling in his spare time. He also liked to try his luck in the casino from time to time. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family when vacationing in Wisconsin and Iowa or when they went to visit him in Florida; his greatest thrill was picking on them all.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Gellerman, of Winter Haven, Florida; children: Douglas Gellerman of Ruthven, Iowa; Kyle (John) Cejka of Storm Lake, Iowa; Terri (LeRoy Kummer) Gellerman of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Khrys Riley of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; step-sons: Paul (Twiggy) Lemke of Savannah, Georgia; David Lemke of Port Edwards, Wisconsin; twelve grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and, one great-great-granddaughter expected in October 2017.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Millie Gellerman, and infant great-grandson, Jeffrey DeLira.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 30, 2017
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