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Gerald F. Schubert



Gerald Schubert, of 201 Oak Hill Court in Watertown, died October 14, 1997, at Watertown Memorial Hospital, age 83 years. He was the last member of his immediate family.


Funeral services were at St. Henry’s Church and burial was in the parish cemetery with military graveside services.


Memorials were directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Association.


Schubert was born July 14, 1914 in Watertown, son of Peter and Anna (Wollitz) Schubert. On May 9, 1945 he married the former Jane Fendt at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. He was a member of St. Henry’s, attended its grade school and graduated from Watertown High School in 1933. He was a member of St. Henry’s Holy Name Society and a member and co-chairman in 1996 of its task force. 


Schubert served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. Following his discharge he worked for Victor Nowack Company.  In April 1959 he was appointed Jefferson County veteran service officer.  He was a claims officer in Milwaukee for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs from 1962 until retiring in July 1979.


Schubert was a member of Quad County Chapter No. 4745 of the American Association of Retired Persons.  He served the chapter as legislative chairman and was on the board of directors.  He handled claims for Joe Pastor, Jefferson County Veteran Service Affairs and was AARP state legislative chairman for four years.  He was a member of the retired CVSO Association.


Schubert was a  member of PALS and served on its board of directors; Knights of Columbus; American Legion Post No. 189; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3709; Watertown Historical Society, Sister City Uhersky Brod; Retired Service Officers of Wisconsin, Jefferson County Veteran Service Commission; former member of the Watertown Curtain Club, where he helped direct, act and design the plays; Circus World Museum in Baraboo; Gollmar-Moeller Ring Tent 100 in Baraboo; Circus Fans of America; Circus Model Builders; and a volunteer at Watertown's St. Vincent de Paul Society.  He also did research on local circuses for the State Historical Society in Baraboo.





Daughter          Mary (John) Rollert, Watertown

Son               Gerard (Karen) Schubert, Jr., Oshkosh

Son               Peter (Gabrielle) Schubert, Watertown

10 grandchildren

2 great-grandsons




Parents           Peter Schubert and Anna Wollnitz

Daughter          Catherine Ann

Brother           Robert Schubert

Brother           George Schubert

Half brother      Henry Loukota

Half brother      Arthur Loukota

Half brother      Edwin Loukota

Sister            Josephine Brown

Infant granddaughter




08 27       Circus buff Gerald Schubert loves to watch a circus set up the big tent, but he also likes to watch it go down.  Scouting the grounds long after the circus has gone gives him the opportunity to add to his tent stake collection.  If he is lucky enough to find one, he will add it to his collection in his “circus room” which is covered with circus posters.  He has loved circuses all his life, ever since the first calliope called, and he has collected over 60 posters from all over the world.  The posters cover the walls of what he calls his “circus room” in his basement.  The tent stakes are stacked in a corner.  Models of circus train wagons which he made are neatly displayed on shelves along one wall.  His collection of circus-related books, all 52 of them, are housed in a bookcase on the main level of the house which he shares with his wife, Jane.


Cross reference:  Chapter on Circuses  




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