Gerald “Jerry” Rietveld, age 87, of Neenah, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Jerry was born on August 17, 1932 in Nuenen, Holland son of the late Peter and Bertha (Gietman) Rietveld. Jerry married Margie Kemps on September 18, 1954 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah. They enjoyed 65 ½ years of marriage until his death. He worked for American Can/James River for many years until retirement.
Jerry and Margie were constant companions doing many things together. You could catch them at the local watering holes, casinos and family gatherings. Jerry enjoyed having a good time and was always up for a party.
Jerry is survived by his wife Margie, his children: Nancy (Jay) Stadler, Deb (Russ) Sova, Tammy (Gregg) Jansen and Rob (Jen) Rietveld. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Amber (Shaun) Jones, Karissa (Tommy) Clohessy, Becky (Mike) Wittman, Scott Sova (Yvonne Pulido-Gonzalez), Jeff Jansen (Lauren Bond), Kyle Rietveld, Brittney Rietveld (Brian Hendricks); great-grandchildren: Jordan, Phoenix, Bradley, Zayden, Skye, Amelia, Mason, Jada, Kyra, Penelope and Oscar; great-great grandchildren Landon and Laken. Jerry is further survived by his brothers, John Rietveld, and Tony (Donna) Rietveld. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Frank, Pete, Ray, Arie, Teddy, and one sister Riet.
The family would like to thank the paramedics, Gold Cross Ambulance, the compassionate care from Theda Clark Medical Center (a special thanks to his nurses in ICU especially Hannah, Brett, Lynn and Luke for the care they gave to not only Jerry, but the entire family) and Kessler Funeral Home.
A gathering of family and friends and Celebration of Life for Jerry will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial St., Neenah. A memorial is being established.
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