Obituaries & Guestbook

Would you like to receive an email notification each time we publish new obituaries to our website? Click here to Subscribe.

Jerome “Jerry” Starich

Sep 08, 1952 - Jul 24, 2023


Jerome “Jerry” Starich, age 70, of Sheboygan passed away July 24, 2023. Jerry was born September 8, 1952, in Sheboygan to Robert and Nancy (Hahn) Starich. Jerry attended Sheboygan schools and was a 1972 graduate of South High School. Jerry was united in marriage to Jill Stielow on June 10, 1972, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He entered in June 1972 and was in Battery Charlie Company; 19th Field Artillery; 1st Calvary Division. He served in Korea in 1973 for 13 months. He was a PFC. After Korea he was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas and was discharged in 1974. He was employed by JL French and retired from Thomas Industries. Jerry enjoyed model railroads and was a member of the Sheboygan Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers. Jerry was passionate about chess. He was a volunteer teacher mentoring Lutheran High School students, eventually coaching LHS students at chess tournaments as well.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jill; children Josh (fiancée Cheryl) Starich, Jayme (James) White, Julee (Abe) Schwinn; grandchildren Alexzander (Kaylee), Niko, Jack, Annabelle, Breckston, Kavik, Cassie and Allie; brothers and sisters Carol (Randy) Craven, Mark (Rose) Starich, David (Jerilyn) Starich, Nanette (Tom) Osmer and Bob (Karen) Starich; his mother Nancy; friend Jeff Lyons and other relatives and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father; grandson Jordin; brother Thomas; father-in-law and mother-in-law Willard (Darlene) Stielow; brother-in-law Gary and best friend Jeff Pennings.
Family and friends may gather at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023. Pastor Patrick Niles from Bethlehem Lutheran Church will officiate. The burial in Wildwood Cemetery will follow the funeral service with Military Honors being accorded by VFW Post #9156.
Online condolences may be expressed at
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Love you, have a Jack on all of us. No more spitting when you talk politics.


Date: Friday Jul 28, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Friday Jul 28, 2023
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Edward J Procek

So sorry for you loss! My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's family and friends 🙏 RIP JERRY!

Mark Lazarewicz

My dearest heartfelt sympathy and condolences goes to the entire Starich family and the inlaws. God Bless

Lenny & Jenny

We worked with Jerry for many years at Thomas, he was a great guy to work with, he had his serious side but he also had a funny side. He will truly be missed. Our sympathies to the family

Marie VanEss

My favorite times with Uncle Jerry was discussing politics at our family picnics, Christmas and Easter get-togethers. Overall, I enjoyed talking with him. My uncle Jerry was unapologetically himself, and I loved him for it!

Naomi B

Bob, Karen, and family: I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jerry, but he sounds like a really awesome guy and I know he'll be missed by many.