We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kendall Funeral Service Inc.
Jerry (Jerald) B. Fitzgerald, age 86, of Boscobel, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at his
home in Boscobel. He was born in 1936 in Manhattan, Kansas to Raymond and Christabelle (Thomson)
Fitzgerald. On May 30, 1959, he married Joanne Smith in Delphos, Kansas. They celebrated their 63 rd
wedding anniversary this past May.
Jerry Jerry lead a very active and successful life. He participated in basketball and tennis at Manhattan
High School. While earning two degrees, Bachelors and Masters, from Kansas State University (KSU), he
participated in collegiate athletics on the swim team. Jerry also worked for Rock Island Railroad while
not attending classes. As a student at KSU, he met his wife, Joanne Smith, also a student. After
graduating from KSU, Jerry and Joanne moved to Boscobel, where Jerry began his teaching career. Jerry
taught Life Science and Physical Education in the Boscobel schools for 31 years. During his teaching
tenure, he also proved himself as a successful junior high basketball coach.
Jerry engaged in numerous hobbies that included fishing, hunting, painting, carving, taxidermy, tennis,
skiing, fly tying, skeet shooting, softball, archery, bowling, canoeing, and camping, to name a few. He
worked as the manager at the Boscobel swimming pool for 14 summers and was co-owner, with Leon
Glasbrenner and Gary Novinski, of Ski Bull Run, a local ski hill that was in operation for 10 years. Jerry
was a member of the Boscobel Area Sportsman Club and also volunteered his time at Sugar Creek Bible
Camp for several years, doing maintenance and repairs.
Jerry was a kind and loving husband to his wife, Joanne, as well as an amazing father to their three
children and grandfather to their four grandchildren. All members of the family were highly involved in
activities, and it was common to see Jerry and Joanne in the audience, on the sidelines, or in the
bleachers, cheering and beaming with pride.
Jerry chose to see the good in people, striving to be a positive influence on those around him. Jerry
lived life with enthusiasm, integrity, and a smile. As many have stated, “he was one of the good guys”.
He will forever remain in our hearts.
He Jerry is survived by:: his wife, Joanne; his children, Janet (Mike) Molitor of Prairie du Sac, Brad (Karla)
Fitzgerald of La Crosse, Lynne Fitzgerald of Billings, Montana; four grandchildren, Hannah Molitor, Libby
Molitor, Josh Fitzgerald, and Abby Fitzgerald; and a sister, Christa Wimmers, of Albany, Oregon. He was
preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Fitzgerald, and a sister, Patty Baker.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Jerry Fitzgerald (1936-2022). Although we're all grieving, let's take some time to be grateful for the years we had together. Come prepared to share your favorite memories and celebrate a very special life. The gathering will take place on Sunday October 2, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Memories on Maple located at 5948 Maple Lane, Boscobel, Wisconsin 53805 .
Burial will take place in Delphos, Kansas. The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family.
Online condolences can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com . If interested, in lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to Boscobel High School or the Boscobel Area Sportsman Club.