John “Jerry” Gerald Ahnen, 85, died Wednesday at Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha. He was born in Kenosha, February 20, 1934, son of the late John and Genevieve (Nee: Williams) Ahnen.
On November 16, 1957, Jerry married the love of his life, Marilyn Catherine Kowalsky “Mary”, a union blessed with 10 children. Mary preceded him in death on September 27, 2017. Jerry enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served from 1953 to 1957. Throughout his career he was employed by D & E Tool & Die, Belle Tool, and retired from Chrysler and Twin Disc as a machine repairman. Jerry was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and watching sports. Above all, he treasured anything that involved spending time with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his nine children, Deb (Randy) Sell, Dave (Sherry) Ahnen, Lori (Scott) Engelhart, Carolyn (Jeff) Peterson, Ron Ahnen (Angela Canestraro), Dan Ahnen (Wendy Lovin), Ed (Holly) Ahnen, Barb (Karl) aus dem Bruch and Anne (Todd) Stillman. John was also blessed with 24 grandchildren, Nikki (Dave) Jodat, Kevin (Amanda) Sell, Corinne (Dan) Crimi, Zach (Lisa) Ahnen, Hannah Ahnen (fiance, Brian Mars), Jacob (Katie) Ahnen, Michael (Alisa) Dannis, Cassie (Eric) Daft, Alexis Peterson, Pepe Canestraro Ahnen, Sofia Canestraro Ahnen, Lucas Canestraro Ahnen, Josh Ahnen, Kaitlyn (Shane) McQuade, Mario Ahnen, Violet Ahnen, Willow Ahnen, Savannah Ahnen, Noah Ahnen, Cecilia (Ian) Ballantyne, Jonah aus dem Bruch, Gabriel aus dem Bruch, Cole Stillman and Maya Stillman; and 11 great-grandchildren, Owen Jodat, Bryce Jodat, Abigail Sell, Jason Crimi, Jackson Crimi, Emmalyn Crimi, Liam Crimi, Jack Ahnen, Braydon Ahnen, Kimberly McQuade, and Colton McQuade. John is also survived by his siblings, Gene Ahnen, Pat (Jim) Becker, Janet (Ray) Feest, Mary Halvorson, Kathy Heinen, Margaret (Frank) McCutcheon, Beth (Larry) Lindman; many in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Jerry has been reunited with his wife Mary and their daughter Rose, who preceded him in death, along with his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 8th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church have been suggested.
Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.