Jerry Baganz

In loving memory of Jerry G. Baganz, age 77, of Grafton, Wis., who passed peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon, Wis. He was a “Friend of many, and enemy of none.”

Jerry enjoyed a unique childhood with Ruben, his wife Rhoda and grandfather “Boppi,” traveling across the country playing music in the service of the Lord. The music group was named The Baganz Trio. His siblings Mark and Randy enjoyed many adventures, which may be the reason for Jerry’s rare ability to remain curious and open-hearted to those from all walks of life.

Jerry met the love of his life, Pat McGinnis, on Sept. 10, 1967, at 5 p.m. working as a bartender at the Pioneer Inn. Thus began a 50-year adventure through life that would include two sons, Michael and  David, and daughter Catherine, living in six states and Germany and finally returning to their native Wisconsin and re-finding their home in Port Washington.

After his service in the Army, Jerry worked in the auto industry for many years to provide the best life for his loving family. He owned several properties, was highly skilled in the business world and bought, improved and sold several small businesses over the years.

In addition to his exceptional work ethic, Jerry was a craftsman and enjoyed building boats as a hobby.

Locally over the years, Jerry had been active as a member of the Port Washington Harbor Commission. He and Pat were charter members of Living Hope Lutheran Church. This included being part of the building crew for the church. He was involved in many aspects of Living Hope.

He is survived by children Michael of Port Washington, David of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Catherine of Isleton, Calif.; grandchildren Bay and Sylvia; his brother Mark; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is also missed by his loving companion Barbara.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Living Hope Church, 851 W. Dekora St., Saukville, WI (Hwy 33) on Saturday Sept. 24, 2022. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with the memorial service beginning at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the service.

(Note: Highway 33 may be closed due to the building of a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 33 and County Trunk I. You will be able to drive past the “Road Closed” barriers when traveling west out of Saukville.)

Memorials to the Living Hope Children’s Education Fund or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington, Wis., is assisting the family.

Information and condolences are available at or (262) 284-4431.



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