Visitation4:00-7:00PM on Monday, November 21st, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin WI
Funeral Services11:00AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 211 East Division Street in River Falls
Jerry Dean Conwell, known affectionately to many as “JC”, age 72 of Roberts WI, died on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at his residence, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born October 24, 1939 in Baldwin WI to parents Kenneth and Camille (Cave) Rasmussen, and was later adopted by Robert W. Conwell. Jerry was a graduate of Hammond High School. On May 6, 1961, Jerry was united in marriage to Janice Rock at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond.
Jerry worked for many years as a machine operator for many different dairy creameries, one of which was the Land O’Lakes company. When he wasn’t working, Jerry could be found near the waters of the Rush River or the Willow River, fishing for trout. Jerry golfed with the Senior League in Hammond, and was a true fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers. Jerry also loved antique cars, especially his beloved 1956 Pontiac.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter, Jodie (Mark) Simon of Roberts, son, Jeff (Bonnie) Conwell of Roberts, grandchildren Joe and Holly Simon, sisters; Bonnie Conwell of San Diego CA, Bev Conwell of Stillwater MN; brothers, Stan (Jenny) Conwell of Wyoming MN, Rollie (Lynn) Conwell of Laguna Hills CA; brothers-in-law; Bernie Rock of Baldwin WI, Ronnie (Floy) Rock of Colfax WI, Tom (Judy) Rock of Hammond WI, John (Nancy) Rock of Hammond WI; sisters-in-law; Mary (Carl) Hemenway of Hammond WI, and Ann (Neal) Ihrke of Roberts WI; uncles, Gene (Joan) Cave of Rice Lake WI, Bill (Margaret) Cave of Roberts WI, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Rasmussen; dad, Robert Conwell; mother, Camille Cave O’Brien; grandparents, Clifford (Mildred) Cave, Peter (Ruth) Rasmussen; parents-in-law Freeman (Lavina) Rock.
Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry “JC” Conwell will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 211 East Division Street in River Falls with Rev. Father Gerald Harris officiating. The Resurrection Choir will provide music. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4:00-7:00PM on Monday, November 21st, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin WI. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Hammond with Tim Hemenway, Kyle Hemenway, Eric Rock, Mike Rock, Scott Rock, Chris Rock, Rick Rock, Danny Rock, Clinton Ihrke, Clayton Ihrke, Ben and Elliott Conwell having the privilidge of being urn bearers. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.