JEROME J. NEISIUS, age 74, of Thorp, passed away at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, in Stanley, on Monday, September 16, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Al Jakubowski will officiate and burial will be held at a later date in East Thorp Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Wally Grill, Ed Nolan, Rich Jacque, Adam Hakes, Allan Hakes and Mike Hempelman. Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Friday, from 9:30am until time of service.
Jerome John Neisius was born on August 10, 1939 in LaCrosse, WI. As a young child, his family lived in the Town of Edson until he was 5 years old. The family then moved to a farm in the Town of Reseburg, where he was raised and received his education, graduating from Thorp High School in 1957. After high school, Jerome worked at Thorp Flour and Feed, and at the Thorp Lumber Yard. He then moved to Milwaukee where he worked as a tool and die machinist for Bucyrus-Erie from 1960 to 1977. Jerome was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Hempelman on August 13, 1960 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. They returned to Thorp in 1977 and took over the operations of the Hempelman family farm until retiring in 1999.
In his spare time, Jerome enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, rifle and bow hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Goggle Eye Trap Club of Thorp, and the Roosevelt Rod & Gun Club of Lublin.
He is survived by 3 daughters: Cathy (Ed Nolan) Neisius of Medford, Janette (Richard) Jacque of Thorp, Cheryl (Wally) Grill of Mondovi; 12 grandchildren: Randy, Christie, Cindy, Danielle, Lisa, Beth, Jenny, Katelynn, Ryan, Allan, Adam and Angela; 10 great grandchildren: Joshua, Megan, Jack, Madelynn, Wes, James, Ian, Braden, Maxwell and Cailyn; 6 sisters: Cecelia Johnson, Odelia Wenzel, Patricia (Joseph) Razdik, Jane Siegel, Linda York and Martha Avery, all of Racine; one brother-in-law: Tom Hempelman of Thorp; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly, on January 3, 2012; 2 daughters: Cyndee Neisius-Brown and Lori Fritz; 4 brothers: John Wenzel, Donald Wenzel, Kenneth Wenzel and Michael Wenzel; and one sister: Donna Clark.