He was born on September 12, 1926, in Milwaukee to Milton and Lillian (Haslow) Eckers. Jerry and his brother, Don, were identical twins and shared a special bond throughout life. On July 19, 1947, he married Blanche Albers at St. Boniface Catholic Church in De Pere and together they raised six children. Jerry was devoted to his family, loved hunting, fishing and sports, and he especially loved the Green Bay Packers. He thoroughly enjoyed living on Pine Lake in Clintonville after retirement. During his years in Clintonville, Jerry served the parish of St. Rose in many capacities and was dedicated to his faith. He served his country during the Korean War. Jerry retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he was a rural letter carrier in New Franken.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Blanche; his children, Kathy Ollmann (Jim), Tom Eckers (Cathy), Terry Eckers (Jean), Jill Van Veen (John), Tim Eckers (Kelly) and Todd Eckers (Patty); grandchildren, Jennifer, Julie, Laura, Nick, Stacey, Jamie, April, Erin, Meaghan, Charlie, Stan, Wendy, David; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Marie Denissen and Grace Albers. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald (Betty); father-in-law and mother-inlaw, George and Harriet Albers; in-laws, Norb and Helen VanVonderen, Fran and Kate DuPuis, Clem Albers, Gene and Mary Albers, Robert Denissen, Robert and Adele Collaer.
Visitation and the Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday, December 20, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth St., Green Bay. Burial will be in Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jerome’s name.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Paul Elder Care and the hospice team for their loving care and support during this time. They made the end of life process for dad more gracious.
Jerry will be remembered for making others smile. His sense of humor was a gift he shared with all. He will be dearly missed.