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Gerald F. Garrigan, 81, Portage

Gerald F. Garrigan, 81, of Portage, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage.

Jerry was born March 6, 1936, in Ingalls, Michigan, the son of Gervase and Karolyn (Geigel) Garrigan. He graduated from Lena High School in 1953, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. Jerry married Darlene Krejcarek on Sept. 26, 1959, in Coleman. He graduated from MSOE, and worked out of Racine for Interstate Electric. In 1980, the family moved to Portage to open the Portage location. Jerry retired in 2000. He was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a past board member. Jerry was a member of Portage Rotary, having received the Paul Harris Award. He was also a member of the Cleary Krech VFW Post No. 1707, Portage, the Richard Mulcahy American Legion Post No. 271, Portage, the Dr. C.W. Henney Knights of Columbus Council No. 1637, Portage, and various community organizations. Jerry enjoyed memberships at the Portage Curling Club, having toured Scotland with the United States Senior Men. He was also a member of the Portage Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Garrigan of Portage; his children, Colleen (Daniel) Kutchin, Winneconne, Kathleen (David) Roadt, West Allis, Maureen “Mitzi” (Greg) Gerstenkorn, Portage, Donald (Kelly) Garrigan, Portage, and Daniel (Jennifer) Garrigan, Portage; his grandchildren, Jacqueline Roadt (Kenny Savee), Jeannie (Kyle) Jelinek, Jason Gerstenkorn, Erica Gerstenkorn (fiancé, Joe Laffin), Kyra (Chad) Churchill, Dustan Garrigan, Kaisey (Andrew) Ackerman, Keagan Garrigan, Grant, Gabrielle, Genna and Griffin Garrigan; three great-grandchildren, Kailyn and Jordyn Jelinek, and Warren Churchill; his brother, Michael Garrigan, Waukesha; nieces, nephews, other near relatives and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters, Mary Jane Behling, Dorothy Birk, Noreen Hendricks, and Patricia Garrigan, in infancy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, which would have been Jerry’s 82nd birthday, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portage, with the Rev. Gary Krahenbuhl presiding. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, with military graveside honors provided by Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage (, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Alliance of Wisconsin, 2825 Hunters Trail, Portage, WI 53901 or an organization of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at both Tivoli (Mother Mary) and Divine Savior Healthcare for the excellent care given to Jerry.