Was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Margaret for over 50 years. Loving dad of Kathleen Leising, Mary (Jim) Maguire, Sue (Mark) Olbrantz and Daniel Leising. Proud grandpa of Tyler, Liam, Maggie, Marian, Anne Marie, Callaghan, Colleen, Killian and Annaliese. Dear brother of James (Luanne) Leising and brother- in -law of Anita Leising and Elaine Leising. Preceded in death by his parents Otto and Margaret Leising; siblings, Robert (Mary Lou) Leising, Rita (Bernard) Straus, Philip Leising, Paul (Jackie) Leising, and grandson Seamus Michael Maguire. He will be dearly missed by countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand -nieces and nephews.
He attended St. Thomas Aquinas grade school and Cathedral High School in Milwaukee, WI. After Jerry was stationed in Alaska as a radio operator during the Korean War, he attended Marquette University and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He had many hobbies and shared his talent over the years through being a member of the Ambassadors of Harmony Barbershop group, Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Choristers, Allegro Chorale, St Bernard’s Choir and the Handbell Choir, and Vagabond Greyhounds Barbershop group. He was also an avid bowler, skier with the Vagabond Ski Club and a whiz at Sudoku and daily crosswords puzzles, something he enjoyed doing with his grandkids.
Jerry was an active member of St Bernard’s Parish and during his retirement he enjoyed attending daily mass, leading weekly Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions and holding “court” at the local coffee shop. He also loved signing German drinking songs with his brothers.
The Leising family would like to thank the Horizon Hospice staff Fatime, Jennifer and Juliann for the loving care they provided to Jerry.
Above all, he will be remembered for his faith, his love of family, his devotion to the Blessed Mother, his wit, his love for singing and his ’67 VW bus.
Visitation at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 17, 2020 3-7PM. Vigil service and Rosary at 7PM. Additional Visitation at ST BERNARD PARISH, 1500 N Wauwatosa Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, on Friday, December 18, 2020 10-11AM. Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Procession to Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund or Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi retirement fund.
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