John R. Gerstl
January 25, 1936 – May 3, 2021
John R. Gerstl found peace on Monday, May 3, 2021, at the age of 85. He was born January 25, 1936, son of John and Lenore (née Sitter) Gerstl.
John grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Messmer High School in 1954. He served actively in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960 and took great pride in his service here and abroad. John worked for Kohl’s Food Store as a Product Manager and Inspector for many years and had a reputation for being a hardworking, dedicated and friendly employee who never missed a day’s work. His family recall that he left very early for work every morning to enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast at George Webb’s and enjoyed interacting with restaurant staff and other patrons. They also fondly remember how much he enjoyed going to restaurants, picnics and drive-ins with his family and friends. Some of his favorite restaurants were Mama Mia’s, The Fox & Hounds, Mader’s, Alioto’s, Pig’n Whistle and Karl and Gretchen’s Supper Club and he especially enjoyed the breakfast at Schreiner’s and Perkins and the ice cream at Culver’s. Its most popular picnic spots were Friess, Golden, and Green Lake beach sites and drive-ins were Starlite, Victory, and Bluemound. He loved the outdoors and especially loved deer and duck hunting in the fall and joked that if anyone decided to get married during hunting season, they should miss the wedding! He also enjoyed swimming, fishing, playing cards / games, working in his yard / house and visiting family and friends and he could always be counted on to lend a hand or support them when needed. John will be remembered for his great storytelling, his sense of humor and fun, hard work, competitiveness and generous nature.
He is survived by his daughter Heidi (Michael) Doughty of Waukesha; daughter-in-law Sheryl Gerstl of Waukesha; and stepchildren Jerry Clark of Milwaukee, Cheryl Meyer of Milwaukee, Dawn (Michael) Huerta of Tucson, Ariz., Mary Clark of West Bend and Corinne (Ron) Stoeckl of West Bend. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Laura (Chris), Julie (Noe`), Paul, Sarah and Amanda; step-grandchildren Michael, Danah, Jason (Stephanie), Dave, Joshua (Jessica), Danny, Allison and Hunter; great-grandchildren John, Luke and Vincent; and great-grandchildren Josiah, Sydney, JadeLynn, Nathaniel, Vinnie, Ray and Ayla. John is survived by his sisters Karen (Chuck) LeDuke of Phoenix, Arizona, and Renee (Bill) Shopp of Island Lake, Ill .; nephews Angelo, Jack (Sandy), Ron and Jim (Bridget); and nieces Mary (Greg) and Krissy (Jason). Along with John’s cousins and many friends, his family has fond memories of the many ways he touched their lives.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn “Cindy” Gerstl, his son John Gerstl, his sister Lois (Vic) Picciolo and his ex-wife Sandi Campbell.
His family especially thanks the staff at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee and the staff at Clearview in Juneau for all of John’s wonderful support and care during his later years and long illness.
Visitations will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 10 am to 11:30 am, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Interment immediately following in Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For more information, please call the funeral home at (262) 5474035 or visit our website at www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family a tribute message online.