Gerald R. Floryance, Sr.
Entered into eternal life on January 12, 2022 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Carol (née Antkowiak). Beloved father of the late Gerald Jr., Stephen (Jody), Paula (James) Weber, Timothy (Sharon), Peter (Cheryl) and Michelle (Joseph) Gibson. Most beloved grandfather of Andrew, Justin, Amber, Lindsey and Evan Floryance, Miranda and Alexandra Weber, Allison (Corey) Meddaugh, Samantha, Jonah, Jared and Sophia Gibson. Precious great-grandfather of Chloé. Loving brother of Richard (Diane) and Del (late Patricia), brother-in-law Ernesto (late Marie) Fernandez, sister-in-law Shirley (late Walter) and predeceased by his siblings Martha (John) Jaeger, Irene ( Harvey) Klopotic, Vivian (Charles) Kinzle, Dorothy, Roman (Barbara) and Doreen Floryance. He is survived by his dearest friends Jackie Smith, Paul Moriarty, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Gerald was born October 27, 1936, the son of August and Angeline Floryance in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from the Greendale High School Class of 1955 and continued his education at Quincy College in Illinois. He started his career at National Foods where his love for groceries began. He met his wife, Carol Antkowiak, at the Harvest Dance in the fall of 1957 at the Todd Post on 92nd & Beloit Rd. He worked up the courage to ask her on a “first date” on New Years Eve. Four little months later, they became engaged and then married on October 18, 1958. Jerry and Carol began their life together in Milwaukee and later moved to New Berlin. They settled on a nice ranch on a quiet cul-de-sac, where they resided for the next 43 years.
Jerry was raised Catholic and living a life of faith was a priority for his family. Jerry and Carol have built a foundation on the love of God and service to others in their community. They joined Holy Apostles Church in 1969 and enrolled their children in school. At Holy Apostles, they became active members of the church and school community and set a good example for their children. Jerry’s involvement began running the brat booth at the annual Holy Apostles Festival. Over the years, the stand has transformed into a large catering tent with plenty of offers for hungry festival-goers. Soon after, Jerry also helped organize a lasagna dinner for the church festival. In his younger years, you would find Jerry on the church grounds, from set-up to tear-down, all weekend. He even made phone calls and recruited volunteers to work on the various booths months in advance to ensure the festival ran smoothly. Through Jerry’s management skills, creativity and connections in the food industry, Jerry helped make the festival the success it is today.
Along with the church festival, Jerry served God and his community of faith as a member of the church choir for many years. He loved to sing, like many of his siblings, and had the chance to sing alongside his brother Wally in HA. Additionally, Jerry was a part of the Holy Name Society and the ministry hosted monthly breakfasts with special guests and held an annual card party. Jerry organized, provided and prepared the food for these events and even served as president for a few terms. In 1992, he received “The Holy Name Man of the Year Award”, for his service and dedication to this ministry.
Prior to the opening of the Visitor Center, Community Sundays were held at Lofy Hall. Jerry coordinated the ordering, pick-up and delivery of food for the breakfasts. His dedication and service to the church will always be remembered, as will his love and
knowledge of food.
Jerry’s knowledge of food and business grew as he spent 25 years of his life managing Kohl’s grocery stores. After leaving Kohl’s in the mid-1980s, Jerry landed a job at Ingrilli’s Deli, selling pizza and wholesale food to grocery chains and pubs. In 1985, he purchased the business with his partner, Vince Carini, and together they ran the pizza, wholesale, and deli business for 11 years. During this time, his entrepreneurial spirit flourished. As a small business owner, Jerry employed his wife and children, which gave them the special opportunity to learn about the business and grow alongside their father. In 1997 he opened Angelina’s Deli in Brookfield, WI with his wife Carol, sons, Gerry Jr, Peter and wife, Cheryl, daughter, Paula and many other family members and friends also working there. The deli was named after his mother, an excellent cook, who taught him how to make sausages and potica, popular dishes from his Slovenian heritage. Angelina’s focused on foods from the Mediterranean, and it quickly became the popular spot for homemade sandwiches, soups, sausages, frozen lasagna and its smoked Slovenian sausage. Jerry credited the success of his 29 years in business to the people who worked with him and patronized his businesses. He was a modest and humble businessman, an entrepreneur, who was ahead of his time in providing quality and value to the products and services he sold. For most of his later years, Jerry was surrounded by the two things he loved most: food and family.
As a devoted husband and father of six children, he loved his wife and family unconditionally and worked tirelessly to provide them with a comfortable life. He enjoyed spending time with his family by the pool, gardening, watching Wisconsin sports, or attending model car races. He especially enjoyed fishing for walleye on the mighty Mississippi near Genoa WI. He welcomed everyone into his home. Always shared a kind smile and a nice hot meal with everyone who entered his home. He was genuinely interested in learning more about you and always asked thoughtful questions. Everyone who entered Jerry and Carol’s, came as friends and left as family. You knew you were part of Jerry’s family when he dubbed you a new nickname. His family loved coming home to spend time together and be with dad. Watching Packers, Brewers and Bucks games together was a favorite pastime. Even summer weekends were reserved for relaxing around the pool with Grandpa. On sunny days, you’ll find him waiting for you on his favorite lawn chair in the garage while you drive. Birthday celebrations were among the most special memories. Jerry always warmed up and led the crowd singing “Happy Birthday.” As he sings the tune with an infectious spirit and a solid smile, you couldn’t help but join in. His family will miss those special times together but will always hold them in their hearts.
Jerry was a member of the Slovene Union of America, Milwaukee Branch #43 and treasured all the friendships he made there.
Jerry was still working at age 85, part-time at Danielle’s Deli in Brookfield, WI, where he relished the work and saw many friends.
Jerry was enjoying life to the fullest. He found joy in serving others. Each day began and ended with a prayer and a smile on her face. He was grateful for God’s blessings in his life and didn’t take a moment for granted. With the spirit of Jerry surrounding us, let us remember to live a faithful, generous and joyful life like him. We will miss Jerry dearly and deeply…until we meet again, Pops. xo
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Gerald R. Florynce, Sr family would be appreciated.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 20, 2022 at HOLY APOSTLES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with the Christian burial mass to follow at 11:00 a.m.
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Published by Church & Chapel Funeral Home – New Berlin from January 17 to January 18, 2022.