WATERTOWN Gerald J. Mallach, 81, passed away on Friday, September 6.

Gerald was born on June 2, 1932 to Jonas Mallach and Edna (Schultz) Mallach. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1949, he went on to study pharmacy at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. On June 19, 1954, he married Jeannine Krebs. From 1956-58, he served in the U.S. Army with Jeannine at the Dugway Proving Grounds outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gerald was best known as the owner of Mallach’s Pharmacy, initially joining his father’s business as an intern and becoming the sole proprietor in 1965. Later in life, he established a second career as a counselor, working at several area hospitals and private facilities before accepting a position as a counselor at Jefferson County Human Services.

Gerald fostered a deep and lasting commitment to the Watertown community. He helped to revive the Chamber of Commerce and was a long-time member of the Rotary Club, served as the president of the Watertown Historical Society, the Lion’s Club and Easter Seals and held many positions at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor, compassion, ethics, generosity and enduring optimism.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeannine, his son, Jeff of Hartland and his wife, Lynn, and daughters Amy Eckert of Watertown and Sarah Buss of Janesville. Gerald’s five grandchildren – Jessica Mallach (Pangborn), Quincy Eckert, Savannah Buss, Steven Buss and Cameron Eckert – and three great grandchildren, Mason, Broderick and Adelyn Pangborn will all miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 120 Kuckkan Lane, with Pastor John Kennedy officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

Memorial gifts to the First Congregational Church, UCC or the Watertown Humane Society, 418 Water Tower Court, would be greatly appreciated.

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