Gerald R. Birschbach, 72, of New Holstein and formerly of St. Peter, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls after his tired body gave out.
He was born June 7, 1948 in Fond du Lac to Jerome and Lucille (Wagner) Birschbach. Gerald graduated from Fond du Lac St. Mary Springs Academy in 1966. At the age of 16, following the death of his father, Gerald took over operating the family farm along with his mother and siblings to lend a helping hand.
After Gerald no longer farmed, he followed a passion in his life with organic farming, roasting grains, and foliar spraying; he made many friends throughout the state.
Gerald loved fishing Lake Winnebago, especially sturgeon spearing, perch fishing on Lake Winnibigosh, and hunting with his family. His love of farming was evident in his toy tractor collection.
Survivors include Kathleen (Mark) Puls of Wauwatosa, Darlene (John) Hau of rural Chilton (Brothertown), Rose Simon of Mount Calvary, Mary (Allen) Feldner of rural New Holstein (Marytown), Betty (Paul) Mand of Fond du Lac, John (Susan) Birschbach of Fond du Lac, Paul (Sarah) Birschbach of rural Hilbert (Stockbridge), and Marcia (Bruce) Lawson of West Allis; 17 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jerome and Lucille Birschbach.
Funeral service will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Sippel Funeral Home, 2618 Altona Ave., New Holstein. The Rev. Michael Bertram, OFM Cap, a personal friend of the family, will preside. Gerald will be laid to rest with a private committal in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in St. Peter next to his parents.
Family and friends may visit with Gerald’s family at Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 3 to 6:45 p.m.
Gerald’s family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to the staff at Agnesian Home Health, St. Agnes Hospital, and at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion given to him.
For further details please contact Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at (920) 898-4300 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net.