Carl E. Gerold, 101, of Englewood, Fla., and Willard, Wis., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
He was born Aug. 9, 1911, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Arthur and Pauline (nee Steigenberger) Gerold.
He attended public schools in Milwaukee, Fredonia, and Random Lake, Wis., and graduated from Random Lake High School in 1919. Carl then attended undergraduate school at UW Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., and graduated from the UW Law School in 1936. He then began the general practice of law in Port Washington, Wis. for the next 40 years. He mostly practiced with the law firm of Gerold & Huiras, of which he was the founding partner.
On Dec. 18, 1937, he married Mary Ketel, in Ladysmith, Wis. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage. In October of 1943, Carl joined the U.S. Navy as a Lt.jg and served 28 months as Executive Officer aboard a LST in the Pacific Theatre. After returning from service, Carl became an active member of the Port Washington community, belonging to a number of organizations including Rotary, Barbershoppers, Ozaukee Lodge 17, UCC, and serving on the school board.
In the mid-sixties, Carl and Mary built the then modern nursing home, Heritage, which continues to operate today. Upon retirement in 1975, he and Mary split their time with winters in Englewood, and summers at Rock Dam, Willard, Wis. In Englewood, he was a member of Rotary, Elks, VFW, Community Presbyterian Church, Sunnybrook Alliance Church, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
He is survived by his son, John (Geri) Gerold, of Madison; and daughter, Paula (Robert) Schreiner, Lake Mills, Iowa; six grandchildren, Mark (Holly) Schreiner, Mary (Charles) Anderson, David Gerold, Lisa (Geovanny) Sarmiento, and Amy (Steve) Carpenter; and seven great-grandchildren, Drew and Alex Anderson, Nathan and Joey Schreiner, Zach and Finn Carpenter and Zolia and Viviana Sarmiento. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and granddaughter, Denise Schreiner.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Sunnybrook Alliance Church, 6401 Sunnybrook Blvd., Englewood, FL. Inurnment will be at a later date in Neillsville, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to any organization of your choice. Fishing was his great love, the ship has left port and has sailed into the sunset.
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home.