Dr. Gerald Joel Sampica, Neenah, age 72, passed away peacefully, with the love of his life by his side, on Tuesday December 15th, 2020 at ThedaCare Medical Center in Neenah, WI due to complications from COVID-19. Gerald was born September 22nd, 1948 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Gerald Levi and Catherine (Rudersdorf) Sampica. He was also preceded in death by his brother Timothy Sampica.
Gerald was raised in North Milwaukee, attending St. Catherine’s grade school. He graduated from St. Frances de Sales High School and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, receiving his B.A. in 1970. He then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, obtaining his M.D. degree in 1974, and went on to complete a 12-month residency at Milwaukee County General Hospital. Gerald was board certified in family practice and started his career at the Racine Medical Clinic in 1975. In 1991, he moved to Iron Mountain, MI to work at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, until he transferred to the Appleton, WI Clinic, where he worked until retirement in 2010. He was a member of the class of 1974 Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association as well as the American Academy of Family Practice.
Gerald is survived and will be sadly missed by, Patricia Weyers, her children: Sally (Brian) Rathsack, their children, Ella, Harris, Miles, and Weston; Molly (Paul) Weyers; and Danielle (Dane) Nightingale; Gerald’s sisters Christine (Alvin) Petroff; Jane (Richard) Langlois; Mary (John) Cocking; sister-in-law Elma Schaible-Sampica; stepmother Mary Sampica and her family; and many close and special nieces and nephews.
In addition to his educational achievements, caring for his patients, and spending time with his many loved ones, Gerald was an avid reader, skilled fisherman (fish feared him!), active tennis player, and member of the Fox Cities Racquet Club. Gerald loved a good card game and cribbage, which he learned from his parents at an early age. Those who knew Gerald, knew his kind, honest heart. Among Gerald’s many talents was his gift of wit and conversation. Gerald spoke his mind, and only he could deliver something so brutally honest. You couldn't help but laugh and appreciate his keen sense of humor and outlook on life. Gerald was a humble, unassuming, gentleman, who never had a personal agenda and would never hurt anyone. He was a man with a heart of gold, and will be missed dearly by his many close friends and family. He impacted so many lives in a positive way.
Due to the current conditions, a private family service will be held. Please join us via Facebook live stream on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6 PM by viewing the Kessler Funeral Home & Cremation Services Facebook page. To leave an on-line condolence for the family, please visit KesslerFH.com, or for more information, please call (920) 722-6464.
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