MADISON/MONONA-Raymond E. Gerner, age 87, died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Fitchburg, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on Dec. 21, 1925, in Newburg, WI, the son of William and Elfrieda Gerner. Ray married Marlene Zinke on May 23, 1953, in West Bend.

He was a very outgoing, friendly person. Ray always befriended a stranger, and was always positive. He was a baseball umpire, and had a great passion for the sport. Ray retired in December of 1983 from Schlueter Company of Janesville. After Schlueter, he worked for Sani-Matic Systems, where he was president until 1993.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Scott (Patty) Gerner of Brookfield; daughter, Sheri Gerner of Stoughton and Shelly Gerner Marcella of Elkridge, Md.; grandchildren, Emily and Zach Gerner, Andy (Heidi) Jegerlehner, Monica Jegerlehner, and Jenna and Johnny Marcella; great-grandson, Ryan Jegerlehner; brothers-in-law, Merlin (Sylvia) Gerner and Bernard (Gloria) Zinke; sisters-in-law, Diana Meyer and Bonnie (Allen) Gierach; and other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Matt Jegerlehner.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Lake Edge Lutheran, 4932 Monona Drive, Monona, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Noon, with the Rev. Steven Marsh presiding. A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Lake Edge Lutheran Church building fund or Agrace HospiceCare. The family would like to thank the nurses at St Mary’s Hospital and Agrace HospiceCare.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr.
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