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“You were an awesome Dad! ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Rach Segal - Dallas, TX

“Ruth Ann and family. Sorry to hear of your father passing. I enjoyed many visits with you and your parents when I lived in Menasha when on the city...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Duke Gyrion - Fox Crossing, WI

October 1968 Football Injuries. Picture taken at K-C R&E
3 of 12 | Posted by: Stan Kellenberger

“Dear Judy, Richie and Erin,so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad, and Grandpa. Judy, we were always so impressed and happy with how well your Dad...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jim and Katie Blaney - Grass Lake, MI

“So sorry to hear of the passing of my dear mentor at Kimberly-Clark. Jerry was one of the main reasons I came to work at K-C so that I could work...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Stan Kellenberger - Appleton, WI

“Jerome, Karen and family- I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of dad and grandpa. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Connie and Victor Cameron - WI

“So grateful for my friendship with this wonderful gifted family man and man of courage, leadership, compassion and faith. Jerry will always be in our...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen Gribble - Appleton, WI

“"The community of St. Mary Catholic High School sends its thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Dr. Jerome Riese, a member of the class of 1949. ...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Our families had many good times together, and Jerry and i knew each other at Marquette. He is happy to be with Maureen now. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Rosemary Cummings - Appleton, WI

“Both your mother and father helped us when we needed help with child care after becoming first time parents. Our son (TimTim) as Mathew called him...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Mike and Marlene Walter - Menasha, WI

“So sorry for Jerry's passing. We car-pooled for a while and nodded to each other at morning Mass and Adoration chapel. His daughter's "Ave Maria" at...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Louise Springer - Eagle River, WI

“A remarkable man whose legacy is a remarkable and loving family. Our thoughts are with all of youMargie and Barry ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Margie Stern - NY, NY - friend


Dr. Jerome W. Riese, age 85, died on January 18, 2018. Jerome was born on May 2, 1932, in Freedom, Wisconsin, to Ferdinand and Anna (Williamson) Riese. He was blessed to have a mother who was a teacher, and both parents who encouraged his desire to achieve. Jerome completed eight grades of elementary school at St. Nicholas School, Freedom, in seven years, at the head of his class. He graduated from St. Mary High School, Menasha, where he achieved many positions of leadership, including drum major, Sodality president, and prom king. He graduated valedictorian of his class. At Marquette University, Jerome was again active in many areas, such as band president and math club president. His top campus service was as All-University Homecoming Chairman in 1952. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1953, with a double major in physics and mathematics. Jerome entered graduate school at MIT in Boston with a teaching assistantship in the physics lab. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship in subsequent years at MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics in 1958. Jerome's other Boston achievements included winning the lovely Maureen C. Fenlon, also a teacher, as his bride in December 1956, and the birth of their daughter, Ruth Anne, in 1958. After graduation, the new family moved to Wisconsin, where Jerry joined the R&E Department of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. But the space age beckoned, and in late 1962, Dr. Riese accepted an offer from Westinghouse Astronuclear Lab in Pittsburgh to join their team in developing a nuclear engine to propel an interplanetary rocket. He quickly developed a unique, finite-element method for analyzing neutron density outer space-time in a reactor. This caught the interest of other reactor scientists across the country, and led to his being Invited Speaker at the American Nuclear Society's meeting in Philadelphia in June 1964. Jerome was also promoted from Senior Staff Scientist to Fellow Scientist at Westinghouse. However, Pittsburgh's not Wisconsin (as Maureen may have pointed out to Jerry!), nor did the space program offer the stability of a consumer products company. So Jerry re-joined Kimberly-Clark in late 1964, where he enjoyed a challenging career in a wide variety of math-physics applications until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1995. Career highlights included his presidency of the KC Technical Society, presidency of the KC Fellow Scientists and Engineering Consultants, and General Chairmanship of the 1992 KC Technical Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Jerry and Maureen were blessed with eight children, each of whom gave them great joy. The family camping trips reached their zenith with a five-week exploration of the Southwest in 1971. To this day, the siblings say, "We never knew what was coming each new day, but we knew it would be great!" The children also provided their father with super "bragging rights" as they matured into two "double doctors (MD/PHD)," one corporate vice president, a business consultant, a journalist, a nurse, a Grammy-nominated singer, and a teacher. But the very best times for Jerry were the nine years he got to spend with Maureen after his retirement and before her death in 2003. In subsequent years, Jerry worked hard at ignoring the huge hole Maureen's absence left in his life. Surely, he is delighted to be at her side now! In addition to Maureen, Jerome was preceded in death by his eldest son, Randy; by his parents; by his brother, John; and by his sons-in-law, David Segal, Tom Kelly, and Brian Blaney. He is survived by his remaining seven children (and spouses): Ruth Anne (David) Landsverk, Rebecca Kelly, Rachel Segal, Dr. Richard (Jeannine) Riese, Judith Blaney, Jerome (Karen) Riese, Dr. Matthew (Annette) Riese, and daughter-in-law Jeanne Riese. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Maureen, Matthew and Joseph Landsverk; John Patrick, Thomas, and William Kelly; Alexander, Maximillian, and Victoria Segal; Gabrielle Riese; Richard and Erin Blaney; Rachel, Katherine, Mary, and Brigit Riese; and Adam and Liam Riese. He is further survived by his sisters (and spouses): Mary Ann (Ronald) Wenzel, and Rosemary (Walter) Pauls; by his sister-in-law, Sancee Riese; and by many nieces and nephews. Jerry always encouraged each of his children to set goals and to aim for excellence, to love one another without fail, and to question the unquestionable. He was the most steadfast, loving, and generous of fathers, qualities his children will continually strive to pass on. Although his dream career of stand-up comic was sidelined by eight children, he will be fondly remembered for his great joy in cracking jokes and peanuts at the head of a very full, loud, and happy table. The funeral liturgy for Jerome will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, January 26, 2018 at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH (528 Second St., Menasha). Visitation will be held the evening before on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME (537 N. Superior St., Appleton) from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and again at church on Friday from 10:30 until the time of mass.