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Gerald D. 'Jerry' Germanson

Published On: Sep 14 2013 01:09:39 AM CDT

MADISON-Gerald D. “Jerry” Germanson, age 82 of Madison, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Oak Park Place in Madison. Jerry was born on Oct. 12, 1930, in Milwaukee, to Julius T. and Alice M. (Simonds) Germanson.

He graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1953, and married his college sweetheart Eleanor M. “Ellie” Germanson. Jerry began his architectural career in Milwaukee, and then moved to Flad Architects in Madison. He became a Partner in Germanson-Foss & Company Architects in Moorhead, Minn., and he started their Branch Office in Sioux City, Iowa. He then became Chief Architect for the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, and the family moved back to Madison in 1964.

Jerry was a kind and generous man who loved his family dearly. Some of his interests were exercise, sailing, and enjoying being on the water, whether warm or frozen. He was a Founding Member of the Lake Monona Sailing Club and Commodore in 1986. Jerry was devoted to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for 45 years.

He retired in 1992, and enjoyed traveling to places around the world. He volunteered as a Docent at the Elvejhem/Chazen Museum and the Monona Terrace. He was a Pontoon Boat Skipper or First Mate for the MSCR Pontoon Program on Madison Lakes.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Ellie of 60 years; their six children, Linda (Ted) Seefeldt, Don (Twila), Sue (Damianis), Thomas (Mary Ann), Jane (Mark) McCarty, and Jack (Nancy); grandchildren, Dean (Becky), Mark (Jenn), and Jason (Megan) Seefeldt, Sean, Ryan, Heather, and Kyle McCarty, Ana Maria, Gabrielle, Kenzie, Noah, and Amelie Germanson, and Jennifer and Suzanne; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ken (Ann) Germanson of Milwaukee, and Tom (Elsbeth) Germanson of AL; and bother-in-law Jack (Marilyn) Mainey of NC. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield Ave., Monona, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Fitchburg, or the MSCR Pontoon Program Fund #1031958 at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr.
(608) 221-5420

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