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Gerald E.

Ristow Jr., Gerald E. “Jerry”

Of Milwaukee.  Passed away peacefully on Monday, March 30th 2020 at the age of 66.

Jerry graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School and later from M.A.T.C. with a degree in culinary arts.  He had a passion for cooking, loved his dogs Nena and Diesel, and was a Harley Davidson enthusiast.

Jerry is survived by his children Gerry (Kristil) Ristow and Jessica (Robin) Briese, his grandchildren Tailynn, Brayden, and Reina, and siblings Jill (Dennis) Jablonski and Paul (Rita) Ristow.  He is also survived by other relatives and friends.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Gerald Sr. and Carol.

A memorial service will be held at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOMES, 6615 W. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, on Saturday, August 29th at 10:30am.  Memorial visitation will begin at 10am.  Due to Covid restrictions, masks will be required.  An additional celebration of life social gathering will be held at DICK & GLORIA’S COCKTAILS & DREAMS, 2201 S. 55th St., Milwaukee, on Saturday August 29th at 5pm, please keep in mind the bar is cash only.


  1. Rochelle Anderton March 31, 2020 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I am so very sorry my prayers are with you all

  2. Carolyn Niles March 31, 2020 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Jerry always had me laughing there wasn’t a time where there was a straight or sad face in the kitchen.

  3. Julie Taylor March 31, 2020 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Jerry was a great man and coworker. Always had a good joke amd a smile. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Anne Zechel March 31, 2020 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. May the good Lord help you find peace.

  5. Wanda Schroeder March 31, 2020 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great coworker, funny, kind and caring. Also a great storyteller.

  6. Diana Dushensky April 1, 2020 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person to work with. May he RIP

  7. Heidi April 3, 2020 at 9:16 am - Reply

    My Deepest condolences to the Family.. Jerry was my Neighbor for a few years and Friend. Such a wonderful man. You are truly missed.. I’ll see you at the crossroads my Friend.. Rest in Heaven. Gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN

  8. Bruce Matt April 5, 2020 at 11:47 am - Reply

    So sad to hear.. Many many happy memories of growing up with Jerry. From grade school to our young adult lives.
    I fondly remember stopping over often to visit with Jerry at his family homestead on 37th st. driving his sister Jill and brother Paul crazy at times. I regret not connecting with Jerry over these recent years.
    Rest in peace my friend…

  9. Danielle Kukla August 31, 2020 at 9:28 am - Reply

    So very sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Jerry. Enjoyed working with him at the VMP and loved his amazing sense of humor! Many fond memories I have of the days at VMP and I will always cherish them!

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