Jerome (Jerry) Kuskowski, 89, of Manitowoc, Wis., and a longtime resident of Green Bay, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018, from MDS and other health issues. He died in his home surrounded by loving family.
Born Aug. 7, 1929, in Milwaukee to the late Valentine and Mary Ann (Wajtasiak) Kuskowski, Jerry married Marlene (Anuszewski) on June 27, 1954, at Holy Family Church in Cudahy, Wis. They celebrated their 64th anniversary this year.
Jerry attended St. Norbert High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan from 1955 to 1958. After his discharge, Jerry and Marlene relocated to Green Bay where he began his distinguished architecture career.
Jerry practiced with several local firms and owned his own business for more than 25 years, serving as consulting architect for Brown County in the early 1980s. His career included liturgical, municipal, commercial and institutional structures, including designing and supervising the construction of St. Agnes Catholic Church, which was one of his proudest professional achievements.
During his career, Jerry was an active member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Brown County Homebuilders, St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Council, Knights of Columbus Council No. 617 and the Serra Club of West Green Bay.
Jerry and Marlene loved to travel. In addition to numerous trips to Europe, Asia, Russia and the Holy Land, they traveled all over the United States to celebrate milestones in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. A man of many interests, Jerry enjoyed studying art, architecture, photography, science and history and dining at his favorite spots. He also loved spending time with family, which included many weekend trips to Door County and the Upper Peninsula. When his children took up skiing, Jerry also learned to ski, just to make it a family affair.
Jerry was extremely supportive of his childrens’ various academic and athletic endeavors, instilling in them his belief in the importance of education and the discipline to set and achieve personal goals. He expected them to do their best and therefore took great pride in the fact that all five of his children graduated from college.
Not one to be idle, in retirement Jerry enjoyed oil and water-color painting and sketching. He was a longtime Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers fan, volunteering with Packer Country for several years. In addition to being a season-ticket holder to Packers games for decades, Jerry’s favorite way of demonstrating loyalty to the team was frequenting the iconic Kroll’s diner year-round, day or night, in all sorts of weather.
Above all, Jerry would want to be remembered as a loving, supportive and devoted husband and father. He was known by all for his quiet, steady ways, unwavering integrity, endless patience and generous consideration for the wants and needs of others. Never one to raise his voice, Jerry led by the example of his own character and was appreciated for his kindness and steadfast loyalty to family and friends.
Jerry is survived by his devoted and caring wife Marlene; daughters Mary Jo (Brent) Combs, Dallas, Texas; Kathleen Wessel, St. Louis, Mo.; Sue (Richard) Noack, San Jose, Calif.; Jeanne (John) Littel, Madison, Wis.; son Steven (Kim) Kuskowski, St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Holy Family Memorial Oncology and Heartland Hospice for the care and support they provided. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 9th St, Green Bay, WI 54304.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the MDS Foundation at www.mds-foundation.org, 4573 South Broad St., Ste 150, Yardville, NJ 08620, (800) 637-0839. A memorial has been set up in his name.