Obituary for Gerald George Jansky

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Gerald “Jerry”Jansky passed quietly and peacefully from his earthly home on February 3, 2017 at Hillview Health Care Center.
Jerry was born in La Crosse in April, 1933 to George and Helen Jansky, the middle of three children; brother to Jack (Minnetta) Jansky and Judy (Jim) Rowley. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents- in- law (Jerry and Helen Drudick), brother- in- law (Rodney Drudick) and son- in- law (David Droog). He was a loving and devoted husband to JoAnne for 63 years;a great dad to Diane Droog, Sandy (Tim) Davison and Dave Jansky; a proud Grampa to Jon Droog, Katie Droog, and Claire Davison. Jerry was a fun-loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church.He served his country in the Naval Reserves and in the US Army. He was stationed in Korea from 1954-1956. Jerry completed technical education through Chicago Technical Institute – Builders’ Course. He worked through masonry apprentice and journeyman ranks, attaining Master Craftsman status.He loved and spent many hours drafting plans for building projects. Jerry was a bricklayer and stonemason, having worked on many area buildings since beginning his career in the early 1950’s. He particularly liked the challenge of stonework, building many unique fireplaces, impressive stone arches, and handsome buildings with precision and aesthetic quality. Jerry was a proud member of Local #1 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.
Jerry participated in civic organizations, including aiding disaster relief efforts during community emergencies. He was a 50 year member of the Zor Shrine and a 53 year member of the La Crosse Masonic Lodge #190 F. & A.M. Scouting was an area of special interest, from his youth through the achievement of his Eagle Scout Award,and continued into adulthood with Explorer Scouting, leadership roles, and District Award of Merit from the Great River District in 1975.
Jerry was happiest living a simple life of service and hard work, with integrity and respect for those around him.He enjoyed working outside at home and especially at the Jansky family cottage overlooking the river. The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptionally compassionate care provided to Jerry and our family by the Hillview staff. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Hillview Health Care Center, Gundersen Medical Foundation, Coulee Region Humane Society,or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Noon at First Presbyterian Church, 233 West Ave South. The Rev. Dr. Johnathan Taylor Haley will officiate. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
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