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In Memory of Jerome "Jerry" Polasky

Visitation

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

Funeral Services

2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

Jerome E. “Jerry” Polasky, age 70 of Hudson, WI formerly of Oconomowoc, WI passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife, Pam, and sons Joshua and Jonathan on February 14, 2019.

Jerry was born on November 18, 1948, in Waukesha, WI to parents Harold and Jeanne (Maney) Polasky. He grew up in Mukwonago, WI, moving to Menomonie, WI prior to high school. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1966, received a business degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1970, and earned his MBA from Marquette University in 1979. He was united in marriage to Pamela Johnson on April 29, 1972 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. They were blessed with two sons and made their home in Oconomowoc, WI. Jerry worked for Wisconsin Bell/Ameritech/SBC for 30 years, and retired as a General Manager in 2001.

Jerry’s greatest joys in life were his family and friends. Above everything else he cherished time spent with his grandkids and couldn’t wait to watch their sports and activities as they grew. He was an avid outdoorsman known for his hunting and fishing adventures; he loved spending time at the family cabin on his land and touring around on the four-wheeler. Jerry loved playing cards with Miss Kitty’s Bridge Group and cribbage with his hunting/fishing buddies. Family road trips and weeks spent on numerous Wisconsin lakes were vacation favorites over the years.  

During his 38 years in Oconomowoc Jerry was active with the Oconomowoc Lions Club and known for his work with the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club, where he had served as President and advisor for many years. If there was something to do in the community to support athletics, from coaching soccer to maintaining fields, Jerry frequently stepped up to lend a hand. His involvement in youth sports brought him much joy.

He was a gentle giant, a man who touched the lives of many through his words of encouragement, faith, wisdom, abundant humor, and everyday practicality. Hard working, hard playing, tolerant, and down to earth, Jerry’s impact on those around him was significant and widespread. Jerry was a natural athlete, competitor, and leader; a star football player in high school, he went on to play for the Blugolds at Eau Claire and become president of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He transferred these talents to the world of business during his successful career at the telephone company. He also brought all of this to his roles as husband and father. He’s left a huge hole in our hearts and will be dearly missed.

Jerry will remain in the heart of his wife of 46 years, Pam; sons, Joshua and Jonathan (Marcy Ellwein); grandchildren, Jacob, Jackson, Annabeth, and Elleanor; siblings, Mary (Nichols) Rassbach, Judy (Carl Willard) Polasky, and Joan Polasky; mother-in-law, Arlene Johnson; sisters-in-law Debra Becker, Dana (Dan) Zagzebski; brothers-in-law Steven (Merrilee) Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Timothy (Janet) Johnson; many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Richard Johnson, and brother-in-law Ron Becker.   

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Jerry Polasky will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Internment at St. Josephs Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date. Memorials will be donated to a Wisconsin conservation program.

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    • Pam, so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. He was a great person and will be missed. May God be with you and your family at this hard time. Hugs Sal and Theresa Mazza

    • My condolences go out to Pam and the rest of the Polasky family. I never got to work with Jerry while we we working at the phone company, but I was always hearing of the great things he was doing in various positions. After I retired, Jerry and I spent time fishing Lake Michigan and hunting turkeys at his property near Knapp, WI. Jerry was a great cribbage player when you were not hunting or fishing. He will be missed by many friends! In Jerry’s Memory, we are making a donation in his name to the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Foundation.
      Bob and Sandy Wincek

    • I remember Jerry in the halls at MHS in that Maroon and White Letter Jacket.. he always was so nice..know that there is a special place in the waiting shop in heaven for a hair cut with my Pop.. we truly all had such fun . and grew up to be such great Adults that mirrored our families.. prayers love and hope for a birghter tomorrow. Ardy Quilling…

    • I was saddened to learn of Jerry’s death I worked for him in the early 70’s and remember him giving my two sons a ride home from grandma’s house in Chippewa Falls. Something I appreciated very much and always remember that kindness. Your family will be in my prayers

    • How sad I was to receive the e-mail relating Jerry’s death! May you find comfort in the memories of happy family times. Such memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.
      Love and peace to you at this sad time and in the future.
      Ann Horswill

    • Our deepest sympathy to the Polasky family. Jerry was a wonderful person. Everyone here at River States really enjoyed working with him. He will truly be missed.
      The River States Truck and Trailer Family!

    • Very sorry to hear of Jerry passing away. My sincere sympathy to his family. Jerry and I were teamates at UW EauClaire for four years.and being in athletics you become friends for life. I will always fondly remember him. Mike Rajek

    • Our sincere sympathies to you Pam and all your family. Hope all your beautiful memories will bring smiles among the tears. Marilyn (Rieck) and Larry Dahlberg

    • So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I worked for Jerry in 1972 at 35th Street. He was such a fun boss, always willing to help and provide advice to a new supervisor ( which I was). I eventually ended up taking over his Manager position several years later. Those walls had a yellow glow since Jerry and Pete used to smoke cigars in his office. I had the opportunity to work with him later in my career with Ameritech. He was always willing to share information and give you the inside scoop. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lana & Bob

    • Very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I headed the Construction organization in 1991 and Jerry was responsible for the State of Wisconsin. He did a wonderful job, was on top of everything and the people in his organization had a deep respect for his management and most importantly they all revered him as a person. We even fished together a couple times. Chuck Hempfling

    • Such sad news!. Worked for “Jerry” at SBC/AT&T several years and enjoyed every one. He will always be remembered for his honesty, integrity and sense of reality when it came to unreasonable corporate demands. A true “Telephone Man”!

    • I was very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. When I heard he had moved to Hudson, I hoped our paths would cross. I have fond memories or the fraternity and canoe trips. Mark F. and John L. always kept me up to date on Jerry at the deer shack each fall. You are in our players.
      Steve & Rhoda