Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Jerome J. Fendt
Service: September 19, 2015
Jerome J. Fendt
A time to start and a time to stop; Jerome J. Fendt was born December 2, 1921 and died on September 14, 2015. Funeral Services for Jerome, age 93, of Watertown, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Father Scott Jablonski officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends can pay their respect at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service. The Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown are serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Jerome was born on December 2, 1921, in Watertown, the son of Henry and Josephine (Kioes) Fendt. On January 9, 1943, he married Catherine Miller of Beaver Dam at St. Henry’s Church. They were married for 55 years. Jerome worked at St. Henry’s School for 31 years and for another 13 years at St. Joseph’s Home for the Sisters of Charity. Jerome finally “retired” at the “young age” of 80.
Jerome loved music. He played the drums and he also played the piano in the key of F sharp. If he heard a song on the radio, he would transpose it, you guessed it, to F sharp! Jerome was blessed with a great tenor voice and sang it in St. Henry’s choir for many years. He enjoyed Big Bands and Country music. It is said that as a young man, Jerome, would compose music, but conveniently or not, he doesn’t remember where he put it. He was also a piano tuner and repaired pianos for many years.
Jerome was a multi-talented person. He was always interested in how things worked. He would work at something until he understood how it worked, be it electrical, plumbing, or a machine project. Jerome could fix just about anything, except, maybe, what came first?... the chicken or the egg! He built a flower, water garden in his back yard. The birds were grateful for the free water and “bathing rights” at his house! Jerome liked to read about plants, wildlife and social issues. Jerome had a great sense of humor! He stored a piano in his basement. How to get it out! He took it apart piece by piece; and hauled it out piece by piece. He missed the piano, and some time later, he bought another piano: an “electric piano-organ.” (yikes!) Jerome also enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941. He was given an Honorable Medical Discharge after a short stay in the military.
Jerome is survived by three sons: David (Jan), Michael and Daniel Fendt, two grandchildren: Kati and Jessica; one great grandchild, Emma Jean; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Josephine; his wife, Catherine; two brothers, Francis and Gilbert, and their wives: Florence and Fran, respectively.
The happy and sad times, were always shared by family and friends, McTrevor, and his Master was always there to help. Jerome knew and touched the lives of many people during his lifetime. He did the best he could with the gifts the Good Lord game him. His legacy will live on in the lives of his children, relatives and friends. Amen! Beautiful is the face of Jesus! Amen!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Henry Building Fund or the charity of one’s choice.
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