Gerald R. Floryance, Sr.
Entered into eternal life on January 12, 2022 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Carol (nee Antkowiak). Dearest father of the late Gerald Jr., Stephen (Jody), Paula (James) Weber, Timothy (Sharon), Peter (Cheryl) and Michelle (Joseph) Gibson. Most cherished 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 Chloe. Adored brother of Richard (Diane) and Del (the late Patricia), brother-in-law Ernesto (the late Marie) Fernandez, sister-in-law Shirley (the late Walter) and preceded in death by his siblings Martha (John) Jaeger, Irene (Harvey) Klopotic, Vivian (Charles) Kinzle, Dorothy, Roman (Barbara), and Doreen Floryance. 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 Greendale High School Class of 1955 and continued education at Quincy College in IL. He started his career at National Foods where his love of the grocery business 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 found the courage to ask her out on a “first date” on New Year’s Eve. Four short months later they were 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 down in 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 built a foundation on loving God and serving others in their community. They joined Holy Apostles Church in 1969 and enrolled their children in the school. At Holy Apostles, they became active members in the church and school community and set a good example for their children. Jerry’s involvement began running the brat stand at the annual Holy Apostles Festival. Through the years, the stand grew into a large food tent with plentiful offerings for hungry festival goers. Soon after, Jerry assisted in organizing a lasagna dinner for the church festival as well. In his younger years, you would find Jerry on the church grounds from set up to tear down, all weekend long. He even made phone calls and drummed up volunteers to work the various booths many months beforehand to ensure the festival ran smoothly. Thanks to Jerry’s managerial skills, creativity, and connections in the food industry, he helped make the festival the running success it is today.
Along with the church festival, Jerry served God and his faith community as a member of the church choir for many years. He loved to sing, like many of his siblings, and was lucky to sing alongside his brother Wally at HA. Furthermore, Jerry served on the Holy Name Society and the ministry would host monthly breakfasts with special guests and hold an annual card party. Jerry would organize, supply, and prep the food for these events and even served as president for a couple terms. In 1992, he was awarded, “The Holy Name Man of the Year Award ”, for his service and dedication to this ministry.
Before the Welcome Center opened, Fellowship Sundays were held in Lofy Hall. Jerry coordinated the ordering, pickup, and delivery of the food for the breakfasts. His devotion and service to church will always be remembered, and so will his love and
knowledge of food.
Jerry’s food and business knowledge grew as he spent 25 years of his life managing Kohl’s food stores. After leaving Kohl’s in the mid 80’s, Jerry landed a job at Ingrilli’s Deli, selling pizzas and wholesale foods to grocery chains and pubs. In 1985, he bought into 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 provided 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, His sons, Gerry Jr, Peter and wife, Cheryl, daughter, Paula and many other family members and friends worked there too. The deli was named after his mother, an excellent cook, who taught him how to make sausage and potica, popular foods 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 lasagnas and his smoked Sloveian sausage. Jerry attributed 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 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 dedicated husband and father of six, he loved his wife and family unconditionally and worked tirelessly to provide a comfortable life for them. He loved family time spent by the pool, gardening, watching Wisconsin sports or attending midget car races. He especially loved fishing for walleye on the mighty Mississippi near Genoa WI. He welcomed everyone into his home. Always shared a kind smile and a nice warm meal with all who entered his home. He was genuinely interested in learning about you, and always asked thoughtful questions. All those who entered Jerry and Carol’s home, came as friends and left as family. You knew you were part of Jerry’s family when he dubbed you with a new nickname. His family loved coming home to spend time together and be with Dad. Watching the Packers, Brewers and Bucks games together was a favorite pastime. Even weekends in the summer were reserved for relaxing around the pool with Grandpa. On nice days, you would find him waiting for you on his favorite lawn chair in the garage as you drove up. Birthday celebrations were some of the most special memories. Jerry always warmed up and led the crowd in singing, “Happy Birthday”. As he belts out the tune with an infectious spirit and solid grin, you couldn’t help but join in. His family will miss these special moments together but will always hold them close in their hearts.
Jerry was a member of the Slovenian Union of America, branch #43 Milwaukee and cherished all of 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 seeing many friends.
Jerry enjoyed life to the fullest. He found joy in serving others. Every day began and ended with a prayer and a smile on his face. He was thankful for God’s blessings in his life and did not take a moment for granted. With Jerry’s spirit surrounding us, may we remember to live faithful, generous, and joyful lives as he did. Jerry will be dearly and deeply missed…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 on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at HOLY APOSTLES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 9:00 AM-10:45 AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM.
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Published by Church & Chapel Funeral Home – New Berlin from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2022.