Geraldine “Gerry” Ballweg
Geraldine Elizabeth Paar Ballweg, “Gerry” peacefully passed away Saturday October 28, 2017, at Heartland Village Nursing Home in Black Earth.
Gerry was born on April 29,1930 to the late Lawrence and Rose(Wippperfurth) Paar. She spent her childhood on the family farm, working alongside her parents and siblings. Here she acquired her strong work ethic, which she carried with her throughout her life. She graduated from Mazomanie High School, class of 1950. At a dance at Springfield Corners she met Andrew Ballweg from Roxbury, and this was the beginning of their 66 + years dance through life.
She and Andy were married on September 15,1951 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Martinsville. After Andy was discharged from the Army they settled near Sauk City, built their home on Highway Y, and raised their family. Mom enjoyed her home, and took pride in having the cleanest house and children around! She loved her Dixon lawn mower, and greatly enjoyed being outside mowing her lawn or walking with her sister Lorraine. Cooking and baking for her family were her priorities, and she loved decorating her home for Christmas. After her children were all in school she began working at Maplewood Nursing Home, and did that for 23 years, retiring in1997. Mom was a member of St. Norberts Church in Roxbury her entire married life.
Gerry is survived by her husband of 66 years,Andy, her son Steven (Bev); daughters, Debbie (Jim) Cramer, and Cindy (Steve) Mack; 8 Grandchildren, Kelly (Jeff) Sudmeier, Courtney (Jared) Maier, Bethany (Christ) Christon, Lindsey (Colin) Kepler, Zachary Ballweg, Tyler (Jenna) Cramer, Hayely (Blake) Lindsey, and Shelby Cramer; and 9 Great Grandchildren, Addison and Max Sudmeier, Lawson and Brock Maier, George and Zander Christon, Kacee and Karly Kepler, and Vincent Cramer. These little people were the joys of “Grandma Ger’s” life. Other survivors are her siblings Marlene Endres, Della (Bill) Dohmeyer, Virgil (Joan) Paar, and Ron (Barb) Paar, sister in law Darlene (Richard) Naughton, and brothers in law Tony Wankerl and Earl Orcholski, and many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Michelle, infant great grandson, Aiden Sudmeier, her parents, her in laws John and Lenora Ballweg, sister Lorraine Wankerl, brother in law Harry Endres, and Andy’s brothers and sisters Herman, John, Tony, Hank, Genevieve and Lenora.
Mom was a woman of strong faith and strong opinions; we will miss the daily prayers she sent to God for us, and her always entertaining political discussions. Till we meet again Mom. stay warm and “Go outside and play!”
“I would like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 11:00 am at St. Norberts Catholic Church in Roxbury. All are invited to join the family, immediately after the service, at the Dorf Haus for lunch and to celebrate Mom’s life.
“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4.7.
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