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In Memory of Jerome J. Drahos


Jerome J. Drahos died peacefully with family by his side, on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire, after a struggle with several serious health issues.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Camille of Chetek, WI; his wife, Janice L. Drahos of Glen Flora; his son Jerry Drahos of Brule, WI; his sister Rose Schwaab of Bruce, WI, as well as his grandson Colten Thorpe.

He is survived by his daughters and their spouses: Christine (Chris) Newkirk of Ladysmith, Lisa (Jeff) Sproul of Eau Claire, WI; Carol (Jerry) Smith of Elkhorn, WI; and Julie (Bruce Thorpe) of Ladysmith, WI; daughter-in-law Debbie Drahos of Brule, WI.  He is also survived by his sister Lourdeen Drahos of Maricopa, AZ, close family friend Karen Smith of Maricopa, AZ, his brother-in-law Tom Schwaab of La Crosse, WI; and his sister-in-law, Renee Robards of Cicero, Ill. Jerry loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly. Grandchildren: Michael Newkirk, Megan & Ryan Smith, Lizzy & Tori Thorpe and Courtney (Brett) Erickson; Great-Grandchildren: Letti & Raya Newkirk, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home Ladysmith Chapel from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., ending with a Rosary led by Sr. Mary Dominica Effertz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith, WI on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (with additional visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at the church); Celebrated by Bishop James Powers, concelebrated by Fr. Papi Yeruva, assisted by Dc. Tom Fuhrmann, homily by Dc. Craig Voldberg and music by Abigail and Eugene Lynch.

A luncheon will follow the Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows School Gym. A private family internment will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Chetek, WI following the Mass Christian Burial and luncheon, and conducted by two of Jerry’s close friends, Dc. Joe Paron and Dc. Al Goodrich.

You may visit ruskcountycatholiccommunity.org to find a YouTube livestream link for the funeral mass.

Last Update: Oct 04, 2022 12:22 pm CDT

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